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Wishbone: Not Just For Salad Anymore

Wishbone: Not Just For Salad Anymore

Delicious as a dressing, Remarkable as a Marinade, Wishbone salad dressing is not just for salads anymore.

Wishbone and BlogHer asked me if I would be willing to try some of their recipes and then share my review. Since I have these children who think that they need to eat every single day, I have to cook every single day. I am always on the look out for new recipes that meet my trifecta of conditions: 1) easy to prepare, 2) are nutritious, and 3) will be eaten by the children. Finding recipes that fit all three of these things is harder than you might think.

I have been using salad dressing on things other than salad for years. I always use Ranch dressing in my tuna salad. And Italian dressing has been a staple in all my pasta salad recipes. So I was excited to try some new recipes. Sometimes you just need a nudge to break out of your comfort zone. And my nudge came by way of a huge box filled with enough Wish-Bone dressing to see me through the Apocalypse.

I picked a potato salad and a marinade for chicken.


Potato Salad Primavera

4c diced cooked red potatoes, cooled
1c cooked, chopped broccoli
1 sm yellow squash, sliced and quartered
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 diced red bell pepper
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup Wishbone Ranch dressing


I love the colors of the vegetables.


Mix all the veggies together.


Cut up the potatoes.


I used Gold Yukon potatoes in place of the red potatoes, because that was what I had on hand.


Add potatoes and dressing. Don’t you just want to dive in and eat with that wooden spoon?


Stir gently.

Chill for at least 2 hours before serving.

The Verdict: This was loved by everyone. LOVED. And my children are not usually fans of potato salad. The only complaint I received had to do with the squash. I probably will omit it next time since once dinner was done I saw everyone had left behind little slices of squash.


Chicken Thighs with Ginger-Lime Marinade

1/2 cup boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I used drumsticks since my children prefer them to all other cuts of chicken)
2 1/2 T honey
4 tsp lime juice
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 c Wishbone Italian salad dressing


Pour all of the ingredients into a ziploc bag. Add the chicken.


Let marinate in the refrigerator for 3- 24 hours. Occasionally squish and flip the bag.

Then toss your chicken onto the grill or in the oven to bake.

The Verdict: This was a really delicious way to “dress up” the Italian dressing as marinade that most of us have done. The flavor was a little more sophisticated. But most important, the children all thought it was tasty.

I am going to pick one random commenter and give them a $100 grocery gift card. Who can’t use a gift card in this economy? You could use it to stock up on Wish-Bone salad dressing. Or not.

Check out the other BlogHer Reviewer’s Wish-Bone recipes successes and enter for an additional chance to win a $100 Grocery Gift Card and Wish-Bone prize back at the BlogHer Special Offers Page.

Visit the Wish-Bone site for great recipe ideas for your family.

To enter, leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite recipe that uses salad dressing in a new way. Or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below if you would like. The contest will begin at May 18, 2009, 9:00 a.m. PSTand will end June 30, 2009, 5:00 p.m. PST. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.
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  1. shannon says:

    I wish I had a new way for salad dressing… so far Ive only been inspired with the marinating aspect. my kids love asparagus marinated in italian dressing and then grilled

  2. MariaV says:

    My favorite in the summer isn’t original, sorry. I like to use them in pasta salads featuring in season vegetables. I favor vinaigrettes, but the creams would work too.

    The recipe is versitle. You can use whatever you have in stock or is in season or fits your mood.

    General Recipe
    Use your favorite Wish bone vinaigrette (Italian is great here)
    Pasta (whole wheat pasta is great)
    Black olives
    Carrots (shredded or diced)
    Red or yellow pepper
    Artichoke hearts

  3. Rechelle says:

    Coat chicken pieces in ranch dressing, roll in cracker crumbs and bake- ummm!
    I just found your blog when I stumbled on the Blogher ad for Wish Bone- I’ll be back!

  4. Linda F says:

    I don’t have a new way to use salad dressing but I do warm up the dressing in the microwave and toss with vegetables.

  5. Katie says:

    My favorite recipe I’ve made so far is a rotini pasta salad with rotisserie chicken salad, kalamta olives and artichoke hearts with Italian dressing. Yum!

  6. debbie says:

    I mix their Italian with cream cheese and then bake chicken and veggies with it. It is delicious!

  7. Vickie Bartlett says:

    I don’t have a new way, I mainly use it for various salads,
    The Italian is real good for a spaghetti salad. (speghetti, cucumber, bell pepper and tomatoes)

  8. Vickie Bartlett says:


  9. Vickie Bartlett says:

    tweet http://twitter.com/vlbsweeps/status/1894052893

  10. tammy says:


    how did i miss this post I also have used salad dressing on all types of food steak chicken and in salads just to mention a few. my youngest loves the ranch and puts it on her plate as a dip on most nights with what ever we are having for dinner. when she first started doing this years ago i tried to stop her but to no avail. so ranch dressing it is and i mean she loves it. our newest receipe for a pasta salad

    twistie pasta we use a tri-color one (whole wheat is our newest kick
    1 bottle of dressing of your choice (we use Italian)
    diced ham (or other leftover meat)
    chopped celery
    black olives
    small cheese cubes
    small cherry tomatoes sliced in half

    mix all of this in a bowl and enjoy.

  11. Donna Holmberg says:

    I mix 1 cup of their Ranch dressing with 1/4 cup of grated Parmesean, 2 cups of leftover grilled or boiled chicken (diced or chopped into 1/2 inch or smaller pieces), and 4-5 cups of shredded romaine lettuce and I get the worlds most fabulous chicken caesar salad in MINUTES.

    This is really important to me because I work a full time job and so does my hubby, so by the time I get home it’s around 5:30 p.m. and I have a starving hubby coming home at 6:00 p.m. and two starved kids waiting for me.

  12. Brian h. says:

    I use the balsalmic vinagrette to marinade leftover steak that has been chopped into small pieces. After marinading them overnight, I drain them, then heat them in the microwave or in a frying pan until warmed then eat the meat in pita pockets or tortilla shells with lettuce, tomatoes, and such (like fajitas only better).

  13. Carolyn G says:

    I love adding salad dressing to mashed potatoes. I find it gives them an extra added kick and a surprise. I like using the Italian dressing as well as the ranch. BUt you can use any of these to give the potatos a great taste.

  14. michelle rosborough says:

    Use as marinate on grilled vegetables

  15. Tanya Anna Wilson says:

    Wish-Bone® dressings are a staple in our home. I am posting a link to my blog that includes our favorite family recipe for Venison BBQ using Wish-Bone® Italian dressing.(Its at the end of the Wish-Bone® blog entry)


  16. Tanya Anna Wilson says:

    I tweeted about this Review & giveaway here:

  17. Tanya Anna Wilson says:

    I blogged about this review & giveaway here:


  18. kristen says:

    i use it as a marinade for a pork tenderloin. marinate it overnight with italian wishbone with a sprig of rosemary…poke and turn it every few hours to get the dressing infused into the pork. then i brown it in a pan on all sides to keep the juice in and then trow it on the grill. Kids LOVE IT soooo tender!

  19. Charity S. says:

    I use the ranch as a marinade on meats. Thanks

  20. Charity S. says:

    I tweeted.


  21. PollyS says:

    I love chicken marinated with Wish Bone. I will definitely try that potato salad. My husband loves any and all potato salad.

  22. amie says:

    The chicken thighs and ranch potatoes look sooo good!

    I like to use wish-bone’s light italian dressing as an oil replacement when I make enchiladas. Yum!

  23. Lisa L says:

    The Wish Bone Italian dressing is a good one on Jerk Chicken so I’ve found out by looking at the recipes on their site.
    I use Ranch on everything at my house from zucchini’s to pizza.

  24. Erin Walsh says:

    I’ve not used Wishbone in cooking yet, but I went to the Wishbone site and pulled this one, as the favorite that I want to try.

    Asian Noodle Summer Salad
    Serves: 20
    Preparation Time: 15 Minute(s)
    Chill Time: 3 Hour(s)
    3 packages (3 oz. ea.) Oriental flavor ramen noodle soup
    1 cup Wish-Bone® Light Asian Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette Dressing
    3/4 cup water
    1 bag (16 oz.) coleslaw mix
    3/4 cup coarsely chopped peanuts
    1/2 cup chopped green onions

    Remove flavor packets form soup; set aside.
    In large bowl, with wire whisk, combine Wish-Bone® Light Asian Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette Dressing, water and contents of flavor packets. Add noodles, breaking into bite-size pieces; toss to coat. Cover and chill, stirring occasionally, 3 hours or overnight. Just before serving, stir in remaining ingredients. Garnish, if desired, with chopped fresh cilantro.

  25. T says:

    The ginger-lime marinade sounds yummy- can’t wait to try it. (The “greener” method would be to use a washable dish to marinade in.)

  26. Gregory Davies says:

    I add the Wish Bone Italion dressing to my wifes chicken enchiladas. Yummy!!!

  27. Johannah B says:

    I like to use Wishbone dressing as a marinade for all my summer grilling, from steaks to shrimp and all the in-betweens (incl. vegetables) ~ hope this is different than “on salads” - it is for us!

  28. Sharon M. says:

    This is not new, but it is one of our favorites. We love to make up a 3 bean salad with green,garbanzo and kidney beans and sliced red onions swimming in lite Italian dressing. It’s great by itself or put on top of a green salad.

  29. Betty says:

    We use the honey dijon and asian silk spritzers on subs. It’s certainly convenient to use and the kids like the flavors better than oil and vinegar.

  30. Betty says:

    tweeted bettycd

  31. Leslie M. says:

    I like to use FAT FREE Wish-Bone Salad Dressing to make my Healthy Pasta Salad. I pour it over Rinsed and Cooled WHOLE WHEAT Pasta. I add Crisp Steamed Veggies such as Vibrant colored Green broccoli, steamed crisp Carrots, fresh green peppers, roasted red peppers, chopped onions and scallions, lots of chopped parsley. I add some LIGHT pepper jack cheese or some Parmesan and LOTS Of fresh cracked Pepper! OH MY Gosh.. this is The best Pasta Salad EVER!!!
    It is Light and Healthy and everyone Loves it!

  32. Leslie M. says:

    LeslieVeg left a Tweet

  33. sandy says:

    I love adding flavor to spinach- yep that yucky canned spinach or frozen and draining and adding some ranch dressing to it- adds a little zip and they love it.

    In my house i do not use mayo- instead we have ranch dressing lowfat if we need some zip- Imix it with meat and vegetables and stuff a pita pocket

  34. mickeyfan says:

    My kids use ranch instead of ketchup on almost everything. I use the light Italians as a marinade.

  35. Joanne Schultz says:

    I like putting salad dressing on hot spaghetti, replacing the use of sauce. Tastes great, and different salad dressing creates different taste.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. Joanne Schultz says:

    I tweeted : https://twitter.com/js22222222/status/2332419722

  37. bridget says:

    We use salad dressing to add flavor to all our cooked vegetables and also with rice.

  38. Claudia M says:

    i use it in my beef fajitas !
    marinating flank steak in Italian dressing - Wish-Bone, of course :) - It’s best to marinate it all day, then slice and saute. Yummy :)

    awesome giveaway,thanx !

  39. Patricia Treskovich says:

    I make a potato salad using the italian dressing, potatoes, onion, bacon bits and broccoli

  40. Ashley says:

    I add ranch dressing to the top of spaghetti…sounds weird, I know. But it is awesome!

  41. Keonte' says:

    This is not a recipe, but I discovered Wish-Bone Bountifuls® Berry Delight™ Dressing over vanilla ice cream and pie is a great summer treat.

  42. Keonte' says:

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/IamKeonte/status/2354267386

  43. Naddez says:

    I use Ranch salad dressing on Tacos and Burritos.

  44. Naddez says:

    Tweeted @ http://twitter.com/Naddez

  45. Betty N says:

    we sit up a “make your own salad station” for family and friends as our guests. Wishbone has so many flavor options, everyone can find a favorite or try a new one.

  46. Carol says:

    My recipe is so basic. I use Wish-Bone Italian dressing, and I marinate my boneless chicken breasts in it all day, and after work, we grill them. I also make up foil packets of veggies and pour some dressing on them too, grill, and they’re steamy and delicious.

  47. Carol says:

    Blogged: http://ceeceeblogger.blogspot.com/2009/06/wish-bone-prize-package-and-100_27.html

  48. Carol says:

    Tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/2360545784

  49. Sharon A says:

    I didn’t have any new ways until I looked at all the recipes. Now I will do something other than marinate with it.

  50. Renee T says:

    Add 3 tablespoons of your favorite to your meatloaf recipie. It really spices up a rather boring dish.

  51. tracy heyer says:

    We coat are chicken and are shrimp with italion dressing. It tasted great that way.

  52. Cheryl W says:

    I have a recipe for stuffed shells, that has shredded chicken in it, and instead of mayo, it calls for 1/2c. of Honey Dijon salad dressing in it. Have been wanting to try that recipe!

  53. Amy L says:

    I like to make kabobs for the grill by marinating chunks of chicken, beef, pork, or shrimp, in Wishbone Italian dressing. I toss zucchini, peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms with more dressing, and thread all of this onto skewers, grilling until done. YUMMY!

  54. sally wess says:

    i love using the Wish-Bone® Ranch dressing in my salads, coleslaw, mac, potato, it just gives it that extra zip

  55. Lisa G. says:

    My mother taught me how to make this dip for fruit:
    1 cup heavy whipping cream
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup mayonnaise
    1 Tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette (like Wish-Bone)
    1/3 cup seedless fruit preserves (your choice like cherry, strawberry, blackberry etc)
    1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

    First mix cream and salt until stiff, then mix in other ingredients and chill for at least and hour before serving with your choice of fruit. We love strawberries and blueberries.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  56. Lisa G. says:

    I Tweeted this giveaway too! http://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/2376090500
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  57. Danielle L says:

    I use as a flavorful marinade for grilling! Italian dressing is great on chicken!

  58. Danielle L says:

    I tweeted- http://twitter.com/DanielleLo/status/2381351189

  59. Carol G says:

    I don’t have any particularly unusual way to use salad dressing, just on various kinds of salads and as a marinade. The Bleu Cheese and the Ranch work well as veggie dips as well.

  60. israel y says:

    i use the italian dressing on my chicken and also steak - its great as a marinade

  61. ktanjatk says:

    I love using dressings for marinades! Wishbone Light Italian, Light Balsamic & Basil Vinaigrette and Light Honey Dijon are my favorites for meats, seafood and veggie marinades. It’s great because you can do the marinating the day before, than just put it on the grill or a grilling pan and voila! Healthy, tasty meal ready in minutes :)

  62. ktanjatk says:


  63. Michelle H. says:

    I like to use either the Italian dressing or the balsamic dressing and add some fresh or dried herbs, such as rosemary, and black pepper and then use this as a marinade for boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

  64. supertiff says:

    that potato salad looks amazing.
    also, i have found that you can marinate just about any meat product in wishbone italian dressing, grill it, and end up eating something fabulous.

    who needs to waste money on an expensive food processor to juice things and chop things into tiny bits when you can just bring home a bottle of dressing?

  65. Happi Shopr says:

    I like to use it as dressing, marinade for meats and veggies and mix a dab of creamy dressing (any flavor) and a dab of mayo for sandwhiches.

  66. Geoff K says:

    A good friend shared a simple but delicious recipe for gazpacho that uses Wishbone Italian dressing that tastes terrific - the dressing really adds a nice punch to the soup! Here it is:

    Gazpacho with Wishbone Italian Dressing

    1 cup Wishbone Italian Dressing
    1 large bottle V8 - Vegtable Juice
    1 Green Pepper
    1/2 Cucumber
    1 large tomato
    Cracked Pepper
    Shrimp (optional)

    1. Pour all of the v8 into a large pan.
    2. Dice the green pepper and toss out the seeds.
    3. Dice cucumber
    4. Cut up tomato into chunks
    5. Dice cilantro
    6. Toss all of the veggies in pan
    7. Put in dressing to taste. I did a little over a cup.
    8. Put pepper in to taste.

    Chill for 24 hours. Put in shrimp before you serve if you wish. Garnish with cucumber slices. Eat cold!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Geoff K says:

    I tweeted the giveaway here: http://twitter.com/guettel78/status/2404829782


  68. Geoff K says:

    I blogged about the giveaway here: http://slavetoacademia.blogspot.com/2009/06/100-grocery-gc-wishbone-prize-pack_30.html


  69. Marjorie says:

    I normally use the dressing as a marinade for grilling vegies, but this sounds so good I need to try it, too!

  70. dani says:

    In the summer I think sauses are to heavy so I put wish bone salad dressings on my pasta.

  71. Robyn says:

    My favorite and quick thing to do is to put the salad dressing on pasta…it’s fabu!!

  72. Betty C says:

    Not too original but my favorite is Spaghetti salad.
    Cooked spaghetti with tomatoes, ripe olives, celery, etc. Add leftover cooked chicken or other meat. Add Schilling Salad Supreme or similar seasoning to taste. Coat with Wishbone Italian dressing. Serve warm or cold. Yummy.
    Second favorite is sliced avocados with Wishbone Italian or Ranch dressing.

  73. Betty C says:


  74. sandra says:

    i like to add italian dressing to green beans to spice it up just a little

  75. EdV says:

    We don’t like the typical mayonnaise based potato salads so we use Wishbone Caesar salad dressing and pour it over the potatoes.

  76. Betty C says: