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In a perfect world, we’d serve every salad with a little carafe of freshly whisked salad dressing. In reality, we have 15 minutes to get dinner on the table, and whatever’s in the fridge will have to do. That’s precisely why you should always have one of these five stellar store-bought dressings on hand.

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Newman’s Own

Dressing That Gives Back: Newman’s Own Citrus Splash

You can’t go wrong with any of the amazing Newman’s Own dressings, but our pick is this tangy combo of orange, lime and lemon. Best of all, 100 percent of the profits is donated to charity. Total win all around.

Buy the Dressing ($3)

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Ken’s Italian

Best Basic Staple: Ken’s Steak House Italian

Keep this guy on hand—whether you’re making a quick house salad to go with dinner or a pasta salad to bring to a picnic, this no-frills dressing is a pantry staple. It’s not fancy, but it gets the job done.

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Stonewall Kitchen

Fanciest Splurge: Stonewall Kitchen Balsamic Fig Dressing

OK, it’s 8 bucks, which is probably more than anyone should spend on dressing on the reg. But you haven’t lived until you’ve drizzled this on a salad with poached pears, toasted pecans and blue cheese. You just haven’t.

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Bragg

Best Multitasker: Bragg Organic Ginger and Sesame Dressing

The biggest problem with store-bought salad dressings? They typically contain a bunch of junk you’d never put in your homemade stuff. But Bragg’s has you covered—it’s just apple cider vinegar, EVOO, honey, lemon juice, garlic, ginger and sesame seeds. (Oh, and try marinating your chicken in it. Heavenly.) 

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Marie’s

For People Who Hate Salad: Marie’s Chunky Blue Cheese

If the thought of eating a bowl full of rabbit food makes you (or your kids) want to run away screaming, just douse it in some of this magical dressing. It makes even the healthiest meal taste like crack. (Calories, schmalories.)

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