On my last trip across the Atlantic – they served me Creamy Italian Salad Dressing to top my salad. I’ve never seen such a thing in Italy.
Italian eating is all about fresh, clean minimalism. So what the heck is this Creamy Italian Salad Dressing?
Italians don’t have five (or more) choices of salad dressing. They simply put olive oil, vinegar, salt, maybe pepper out on the table. (If you’re lucky, you might get a balsamic vinegar!) It’s not pre-mixed nor filled with preservatives to give it a 10 year shelf life. It’s clean and simple. The dressing should emphasize and enhance the flavors and freshness of the salad, not cover it up.
From Wikipedia… Italian dressing is a vinaigrette-type of salad dressing in United States and Canadian cuisine…
North American-style Italian dressing is not used in Italy, where salad is normally dressed with olive oil, vinegar or lemon juice, salt, and sometimes balsamic vinegar at the table, and not with a pre-mixed vinaigrette…
A variety of Italian dressing, known as creamy Italian, consists of the same ingredients, but with milk products and stabilizers added to make the salad dressing creamy.
Yum! Take a bastardized good idea and add milk products and stabilizers! Viva americana!
Why do Americans create these flavors that take over what they should be enhancing. Is our vegetable supply so bad that we need to hide it (maybe!). WhyAmericans need to label and market what isn’t real. Do the marketeers think we are really so ignorant to believe that if we buy / eat what THEY call Italian, we’ll be just like the italians? I don’t think so. Why don’t they call it Pre-formulated Sweetened Americanized Italian Dressing? Ok, from a marketing perspective that’s not so good. At least Ranch could have been invented or consumed on a ranch.
So, when you want to be an Eataliano – you’ve got to live it for real. Not what the American Marketing Corp wants you to believe it is.
Now that that’s out – let’s talk about Russian dressing! Or, NOT!