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I hope you like product reviews, because you’re going to be seeing a lot of new product reviews in the coming weeks. Some are products I found while on vacation. Others are from a few companies who contacted me, asking me to do a review. While I was away, they shipped me fun samples, which were waiting at my doorstep when I arrived home. (Well, technically, the samples waited inside, thanks to our neighbor who brought in our mail.) One of the new products from New York was incorporated into my lunch:



Veggies, almonds, spinach, and sauce. With a bowl of Savory Oat Bran.

Oatmeal: It’s not just for breakfast.

The roasted veggies couldn’t have been easier. I sliced them, drizzled on some oil, broiled on high for 12 minutes on one side, and flipped for another 12 minutes. Then I put ‘em in the fridge for a while to cool, so they wouldn’t wilt the spinach.  And what about the new product I mentioned?


Another barbecue sauce. The above hails from a little health-food store in New York. I’ve been trying out new sauces lately, especially barbecue sauces, as I’ve yet to find a favorite.

This Dinosaur sauce, when used like traditional bbq sauce, was entirely too sweet for me, and not spicy at all. But I still loved it on the salad. I used just a bit of sauce on the salad, and the bitterness of the spinach balanced the overwhelming sweetness nicely. It was the perfect mix of sweet and bitter. I definitely see more of those salads in my future! More savory oat bran too!

Question of the Day:
What’s your favorite sauce or salad dressing? And how do you use it?

I am in love with Newman’s Own Sesame Ginger. It’s good on salad, on veggies, and I’ve even made a pasta salad with it before.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Well, I’ll be… a guy at work who went to New York in June brought back the same sauce. He likes it too.

    My favourite salad dressing is miso mixed with lemon or lime juice and a little prepared mustard. It goes really well tossed with sui choy and cucumber.

    I look forward to the raw carrot cake post!

  2. I really like the Raspberry Vinaigrette from Maple Grove Farms. Its SO good on top of spinach, raspberries and sliced almonds. Simple and delicious salad!!

  3. Leslie says:

    I love Newman’s Own! It’s my whole family’s favorite. Pssst, have you tried it mixed into a bean salad? Or fried rice? Yummy!

  4. Valerie says:

    That is one gorgeous salad beast!

  5. Marina says:

    I usually just put olive oil and balsamic vinegar into my salads, I’m not really creative with salad dressings.
    Mhm, I spy some eggplant in your roasted veggies…love eggplants :)

  6. i make my own, usually either oil and vinegar or tahini cut with lemon juice. i love the rich creamy texture!

  7. Inspired says:

    My favorite sauce is good ole Heinz ketchup. Now I hear they’re coming out with an HFCS-free one. Hope it’s good!

  8. abby says:

    katie, that looks sooooo good! i love simple meals like yours, just thrown together into a bowl. i don’t think i’ve ever put bbq sauce on a salad before, though. love all your creative ideas!

  9. Murph says:

    Ive only recently started using salad dressing, it really used to freak me out! I don’t really like vinegar and I was always worried that any dressing I tried would be full of it. But I’ve overcome my (some may say irrational) fear and now love trying lots of new dressings. My current fav is light tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and a touch of garlic. Yum. I suppose it’s hummus without the chickpeas, lol!

    1. Wow, hummus in liquid form sounds pretty perfect!

  10. Melissa says:

    I actually just use Alessi Raspberry White Balsamic vinegar as a dressing. The raspberries sweeten it and the white balsamic is less bitey than regular balsamic. Plus, cheap and low cal/fat free – which means I can add avocado/nuts to my salad and get my fat in a tastier, healthier way. :)

    1. Ooh I love raspberry vinaigrette. In a spinach salad, with walnuts and fresh raspberries!!!

      1. Melissa says:

        You should get this stuff! It’s just vinegar but it *tastes* like a slightly sweet, slightly tangy vinaigrette. Yummo. I like salads with spinach and baby greens, some sort of fruit (berries or sliced green and red grapes) and some cubed avocado and the vinegar on top. EPIC.

  11. Lindsay says:

    I love Annie’s Naturals salad dressings!! I’ve been meaning to try their Green Goddess one. I didn’t start using salad dressing until I was 22…servers used to look at me like I was crazy when I’d say “no dressing”… one time in high school a server told me I didn’t need to be on a diet!! Now that I’ve been converted to a dressing user, balsamic is one of my favorites. Occasionally, I’ll using dressing for salads but mainly I use it for dipping veggies :)

    1. I’ve never tried the Green Goddess either, although I did make a homemade one once (and unfortunately added way too much of some offending ingredient that ended up making it inedible).

  12. Katelyn says:

    That is so funny! Dinosaur BBQ is actually located in my hometown, but ironically I’ve never tried their food..OR their sauce! But lezzbehonest, they probably don’t have much in the way of vegan fare, so perhaps not a total loss :)

    1. Hahaha when I google-imaged for a photo of the sauce, I DEFINITELY got a lot of non-vegan-friendly photos!

  13. This is random..but did you get a new camera? Your photos always look awesome but there’s something different about those pictures- the constrast, tone, softness and what not. They’re really great!

    1. Aww Mary, you are too sweet! And I’m amazed you noticed! You have good eyes, girl! I did get a new camera, a Nikon (early b-day present). That’s not to say I didn’t up the contrast considerably using photoshop, cuz I totally did! I’m not the most skilled photographer, so I make NO secret of my love of photoshop :) :).

  14. Gloria says:

    I love your running philosophy. I only workout 3 days a week and some people seem to think that’s not enough. My metabolism is so raging that if I worked out more than that I’d disappear.

    YESSS! I’m so excited. Carrot cake <3<3<3

  15. I love BBQ sauce. I buy Bullseye, because I like the taste, it’s pretty cheap, and it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup.

    For salad dressing, I love Maple Grove Farms Balsamic. It’s pretty vinegary and it’s oil-free (I don’t like to eat added oils, and I just don’t like the taste of oil). But I also just love using hummus instead of salad dressing. I just blogged about this Indian curry hummus I bought and have been using on salad. It’s really good!

  16. definitely have to choose mustard, salsa, and apple cider vinegar. sometimes braags too. i havent tried too many sauces tho- always on the lookout!


  17. Melissa says:

    I’ve been running 4x a week while training for my marathon and I’m beat up just doing that. I feel super guilty, since I’m used to working out 5-6 days a week, but just from the high mileage I’m burning more calories a week than I did before. I could work out more (and eat more) but I’m feeling the rest days. I don’t want an injury to sideline me! Marathon is on Oct. 23 – and I stupidly, accidentally signed up for a half marathon the following weekend, Oct. 30. That’s going to be one SLOW half for me! Yowza.

    1. Oh wow! Good luck, crazy girl hehe 😉

  18. Melissa says:

    Oh! And Austin’s Own brand is the BEST BBQ I’ve tried.
    So. Good.

    And I think they are all vegan, even.
    I know the original and medium are, for sure. YUM.
    Whole Foods sells ’em. 😉

  19. Danielle says:

    My favorite sauce/salad dressing is a tie between miso tahini dressing (equal parts miso, tahini, and water omggg so good) and any type of peanut sauce!

    And I totally agree that it’s NOT ‘good for you’ to run everyday.

  20. Vegyogini says:

    My favorite BBQ sauce is Follow Your Heart’s spicy BBQ sauce. You can probably find it at Whole Foods (we have it at WF in LA). As for salad dressing, I’m not really a fan. I dress my salads simply with a little red wine vinegar and nothing else.

  21. BroccoliHut says:

    My favorite salad dressing is Annie’s Goddess–I use it to make Goddess Garbanzos (a good tuna-esque substitute) and mix it into my hummus.

  22. Eric Jaffa says:

    What were the “roast veggies”?

    1. This time, just zucchini and eggplant. Usually, I’ll roast whatever I have on hand :).

  23. Angela says:

    I just discovered a new Caesar dressing by Galeos cafe. Its made with Miso so its naturally light. I love the flavor so much and the ingredient list is short and sweet. Its great as a dip, a dressing or even a marinade for fish.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post. I love Carrot Cake. :)

    1. OMG, I’m reviewing that next week. SO AMAZING!! (Well, I’ve only tried the miso ginger wasabi one. HIGHLY recommend that one!!)

      1. Rachel Lauren says:

        That’s funny! I was going to say Galeo’s Miso Ginger Wasabi dressing. OMG I LOVE THAT STUFF! I keep a bottle at work and at home.

        1. It’s like liquid crack, right? In fact, that’s the title of my (as-of-yet unpublished) post!

          1. Rachel Lauren says:

            That’s exactly how I describe it!! Liquid crack. I want to drink it! It’s so amazingly delicious!

  24. Dianne says:

    I have yet to find a bottled dressing I like. It would make life so much easier! But I am in love with Ariston’s 12-year Balsamic Vinegar.

  25. hmcclees says:

    This salad looks delish! I baked the yummy oatmeal dish I promised today:) Here’s the link to my blog: – The Soulful Spoon

    Love ya like a chocolate bar Katie:)

    Heather McClees

  26. Laura says:

    I love something sweet and sour style!! xx

  27. Rebecca says:

    This Asian Sesame dressing from Trader Joe’s is AWESOME. Unfortunately I (semi) recently moved to Colorado and NO TRADER JOE’S. Realizing that was one of the saddest days…(only halfway kidding on that one sadly enough)

    1. Oh I feel your pain. No Trader Joes here either :(.

  28. Rachael says:

    It’s not a specific sauce, but the whole chimichurri concoction works for me – I don’t eat the meat it’s usually served on, but as a veggie marinade, bread dip or what have you, ’tis awesome.
    Also, mole salad dressing – I had it in a Mexican joint in Austin, and have been desperately trying to recreate it ever since. Smoky, spicy, chocolately goodness.

    1. Can you believe I don’t think I’ve EVER had mole?! I know it’s chocolate… but I just don’t think I’ve ever encountered it on any menu unless it was covering some sort of meat. Maybe I should just make my own; I’m curious!

  29. Mmm… my favorite dressing has to be the stuff they serve at Japanese steakhouses. I don’t know what they put in it, but it is kind of clear, brown, and chunky-ish. I love it! Maybe some kind of miso?? Idk, but if anyone knows what i’m talking about, I want the recipe!

  30. I like hot fudge…he he

    I am a big fan of vinaigrettes, especially homemade. So simple, so good. But I really like going to restaurants that have interesting house vinaigrettes that you can’t get anywhere else. If I’ve never had it before, you can bet I’m going to order it!

  31. ecogrrl says:

    that’s a good lookin’ veggie plate! as for me, i don’t buy salad dressing anymore – too easy (and tastier, and cheaper) to make it myself – olive oil, champagne or balsamic vinegar, a dash of dijon, and some herbs and boom! yum.

  32. Danielle says:

    I love love love TJ’s Goddess dressing. It’s savory and garlicky, and my husband pours it on everything!

  33. Dorothyrose says:

    Annie’s Naturals Organic Goddess Dressing. On everything. It’s amazing.

  34. Meghan says:

    I really like OrganicVille BBQ sauce. It’s got agave instead of sugar and is vegan. Yum. Sorry dinosaur!

  35. CJ says:

    I’ve been looking through your old posts and came across this one. I have to say I chuckled a bit when I read “The above hails from a little health-food store in New York.” I’m not sure which health-food store sent you the sauce, but Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a very popular Western New York barbecue joint with a few locations. I’ve never been inside one because the smell from outside is awful (major smell of cooking meat); I can’t fathom walking into one, and I’ve been told by my meat-eating sister that I definitely wouldn’t be able to handle it. I have looked at their online menu a few times, though, when my coworkers decide they’re going to walk there for lunch–there’s nothing close to healthy about that place. The chain sells their sauce in most of the stores in the area, and it is an extremely popular sauce. I personally don’t like it, but whenever my parents visit from another state, they stock up on several bottles.

  36. Ginger says:

    Yum….. I’m loving the roasted cauliflower! Totally agree that these are in a way like chicken nuggets, not that I much remember what they were like, other than greasy and crunchy. The cauliflower is crunch and big taste without the grease. It actually has quite a complex flavor when roasted. My favorite dipping sauce is Red Tail Ale BBQ sauce. Nice and tangy and not too sweet.