My $36.76 Dressing

I am in love with Wendy’s Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing.  This dressing came with their Berry Almond Chicken Salad which was seasonally available at their restaurants over the summer.  But now that the salads are no longer available, I am having more and more trouble trying to find those specific Wendy restaurants that still have some leftover dressing.  And I now have to order the Pecan Apple Chicken Salad in which I immediately remove the apples and pecans. 

But it is all about the dressing.  That wonderful Marzetti Fat Free Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing.  That I can no longer get.  Trust me, I have complained.  I have complained to every manager of every Wendy’s.  I am really getting tired of hearing the same answer:  “It was seasonal with the Almond Berry Salad and cannot be ordered, we’ve tried.”  I even wrote a strongly worded email to Wendy’s corporate office with no response.

I tried and tried to find the dressing in my local grocery stores. Until I noticed on the dressing package from Wendy’s the statement: “Made Exclusively for Wendy’s Restaurants.” Which meant I wouldn’t be able to find it in any local store.

Not that it stopped me.  I immediately began an Internet research to fulfill my dressing obsession.  I started with googling “Wendy’s Fat Free Raspberry dressing.”  After an hour or so, I discovered a post by another passionate dressing consumer that referenced “Marzetti Fat Free Raspberry Acai Vinaigrette” as being the closest she could find to the Wendy’s brand.  

Good enough for me.  I went to the recommended website and immediately put my order in.  $4.91 per bottle, three bottle minimum – no problem.  I want my dressing.  Total charge to card: $36.76.   Damn.  My husband is going to see that.  Maybe I can tell him it was some work expense that I will get reimbursed for later.  Or that it was a book offering advice on how to get young adults out of their parent’s home.  Damn – I’ll work on an explanation later. Click to submit and I was immediately informed that my dressing would be arriving via UPS on Thursday and it needed to be immediately refrigerated upon arrival. 

On Thursday, my daughter called and said my dressing was there (Yeah!). Then she told me it was “Chunky Blue Cheese” dressing.  What??  Blue Cheese?  I didn’t order Blue Cheese.  No one in my family even likes Blue Cheese!  I immediately called the sender and complained.  How can someone in shipping mistake Chunky Blue Cheese for Raspberry Vinaigrette?  They aren’t even the same color, for heaven’s sake!  With great apology, the sender said they would immediately send out a corrected order but it wouldn’t be delivered until next Wednesday. When I asked what to do with all the Chunky Blue Cheese, they said just to keep them.  Except I don’t want them.  So if anyone wants some , Marzetti Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing please let me know.  Oh yeah, there will be a $12.25 shipping charge for each one.  So I can tell my husband the original charge was a business venture.

7 responses to “My $36.76 Dressing

  1. I, too am going crazy looking for the same dressing…what is the website?

    • The website is and the dressing is Marzetti Simply Dressed Light Raspberry Acai dressing. It is as close as you can get to the Wendy’s dressing.

      • I have the same problem, but can’t find the raspberry Acai either, what are you using now?

      • My Wendy’s salad is back for the summer so I haven’t had to look for alternate dressing. But I would check the dressings in the grocery gourmet section. I had to buy a few before I found one I liked.

  2. This is hilarious because your story is exactly like mine except for explaining to a husband about a charge on a credit card! I have tried every grocery stores brands and versions and to no avail NOTHING comes close to Wendys version!! I will just have to break down and order $37 worth of salad dressing also!! The craving has gone on long enough!!

  3. Leslie Little

    Did it taste close to the Wendy’s dressing? I am looking for this dressing everywhere!!

    • Actually, yes. Pretty close. I would also try the various gourmet dressings in the grocery store. Wendy’s Berry Burst Chicken Salad is back now so all is well in my world!

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