I was one of several food bloggers invited to be a member of Girards Flavor Innovators panel. We began our quest in June "hanging out" on Goggle+ to brainstorm with Girards' team to develop new flavors for their salad dressing line up.
Based off our first hangout in June, Girards sent each of us eight salad dressings to sample, take notes on various aspects of each dressing such as taste, texture and our overall impression.
We got together last week to provide feedback to Girards and narrowed down the eight salad dressing to our top four favorites. I found it particularly amazing how much in sync we were overall on the dressing we absolutely loved and the dressings we thought need a little something more.
As individuals, we picked apart the salad dressings in unique areas but we all seemed to agree on the basics. We even played around with the names the dressings were originally given. The original names are in bold and the variations are listed below.
Artichoke Sundried Tomato Dressing
· Sundried Tomato Artichoke
· Sundried Roma Tomato
· Sundried Roma Tomato with Artichokes
Mediterranean Hummus Vinaigrette
· Roasted Garlic Hummus Vinaigrette
· Hummus Vinaigrette
· Original Hummus Vinaigrette
· Classic Hummus Vinaigrette
Garlic Honey Pepper Dressing
· Garlic Honey Pepper
· Sweet Garlic & Pepper
· Sweet Garlic Peppercorn
Espresso Balsamic Vinaigrette
· Coffee-Kissed Balsamic
· Balsamic Americano
· Barista Balsamic
· Espresso Balsamic
· Café Balsamic Vinaigrette
· Java Balsamic
· Balsamic Vinaigrette (“With A Hint of Coffee “- printed smaller underneath the flavor name)
Many of you have been involved with Girards and know their salad dressings are the best not to mention how wonderful and easy they are to work with. The Girards Flavor Innovators experience was a lot of fun plus learning about the R & D and the effort Girards expends in making sure they are putting a quality product out for consumers completely "WOW-ed" me.
Girards wants to know what you think of these flavors and the potential names.
I can't wait to read your feedback!
Disclaimer: I have a business relationship with Girards and this is a sponsored post.