Gluten in Salad Dressing – Beware
December 15, 2011 4 Comments
For me, ordering salads have always been an easy way to stay gluten free when eating out. But I’ve always known many dressings use flour and MSG in them. For example, Ranch and Blue Cheese dressings are always the usual gluten-filled culprits I stay away from. So my go to dressing is usually Thousand Island. Balsamic vinaigrette is my backup.
While at the downtown Seattle Red Robin for lunch, I thought it would be worth asking our waiter if, by chance, there’s any gluten in their Thousand Island dressing. I didn’t think there was because I’ve been eating it for years. To my surprise, he came back and informed me there is flour in their Thousand Island dressing. Crap! What a disappointment!
Well, I decided to go with their light Italian dressing, which supposedly didn’t have flour in it. It may have been gluten free, but it sure didn’t taste like what I was in the mood for. My go-to Avo-Cobb-O salad just wasn’t the same without my Thousand Island. Red Robin does provide a great PDF online of their gluten free options. There’s a few dressings listed, but their availability can vary by location.
In the end, even though my salad sucked without Thousand Island, it was a good reminder that I can’t assume a salad dressing will be gluten free. Maybe I’ll start carrying around my own dressing. :) What do you do? What’s your go-to dressing? Share below in the comments.
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