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Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing

Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing
Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing has been one of my favorites for many years!

In college I supported myself by working at a now-closed Utah restaurant named Le Parisien. It was a fun place to work, and the tips were so good that I kept waiting on tables there long after I graduated and became a teacher. At Le Parisien I had memories of serving people like Robert Redford, Vincent Price, and Billy Joel, and “the restaurant” as we called it, was where I learned to eat things like escargot, Bernaise sauce, and hearts of palm. Besides the famous Le Parisien garlic bread, one thing that made this place a favorite with locals was this wonderful Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing. I ate a salad with that dressing nearly every shift I worked there, so you can imagine how excited I was when stores in Utah started carrying it about fifteen years ago.

A few years ago I was sad to hear that Max Mercier, the colorful owner of Le Parisien, had died. I wondered what would happen with the dressing, but he obviously passed on the business because the dresing was still on the shelf at my store. Nowdays, I can get Le Parisien dressing at Costco in Utah (although they don’t carry it at Costco.com, so I doubt if it’s available in other cities.) Whether or not it’s widely available, and despite the complaints I’ll probably get from people who would never buy pre-made dressing, I’ve loved this dressing so much for so long it seemed fitting to feature it for Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks, where I talk about products I love.

At “the restaurant” this dressing was served on simple iceberg lettuce, but I’m more likely to eat it on romaine or cucumbers. However, my absolute favorite use for Le Parisien vinaigrette is to mix it with chopped fresh basil or basil puree and make basil vinaigrette for drizzling on tomatoes. When it’s summer and tomatoes are starting to ripen, this is something I always have in my fridge.

For my readers in Utah, if you’ve never tried this dressing, give it a try. It just might become one of your favorite dressings too.  (If you’re not in Utah, you might be able to order it from Costco online if you have a business membership.)

South Beach Suggestions:

Although the label lists sugar as an ingredient, this dressing has 0 grams of sugar in 2 tablespoons of dressing, so it’s perfect for the South Beach Diet or any other low-glycemic eating plan.
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30 comments on “Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks: Le Parisien Vinaigrette Dressing”

  1. Yes, Costco here still carries this, but I don't have any right now. I'll try to remember to get some and come back here with that information; feel free to remind me!

  2. Can you still get this at Costco in SLC? If so, can you give me the manufacturer's name? I would love to try and find some. I live in Louisiana, but remember with great fondness the Le Parisien Vinaigrette. Thanks.

  3. Glad you managed to track it down. I buy it all the time at the Costco on 1800 South and 300 West in Salt Lake. In fact, I think they have had it ever since I wrote this post.

  4. Oh my goodness! So, I have been calling all the Costco's in Utah and I have found the only two Costco's that carry this dressing! AT LAST! Hahahaha!

    Murray, Utah Costco
    Salt Lake, Utah Costco

    Hope this helps to all those who are trying to get this dressing!

  5. I cant find it anywhere! I called the Costco here in Salt Lake City and all of them say that they dont have it!! ]:

    What Costco have you gone to find it? Also, the website is not working anymore…

  6. MB I hope you can find it at Costco, and thanks for sharing the link for those who might want to try buying it online!

  7. Finally! I have been looking where I can purchase this dressing I have been calling other grocery stores and I could not find anything /: but at last I'm going to COSTCO on Monday!
    There is a online store here is the link.
    http://www.bowlespackaging.com/products/The-Original-Vinaigrette.html

    This has been by far my most favorite dressing!
    Thank-you for the info.

  8. I worked there in the 80s too! I think I started about 1977 and worked there about 10 years or so. Yes, you can still buy the vinaigrette in Utah; Costco has it as well as quite a few grocery stores!

    I don't know if you can get it online; never checked since I buy it at Costco.

  9. I was a waiter at Max's in the 80s – I found your fantastic blog while looking for the vinaigrette – is it still available? Will do anything (just about) to get a bottle or two.

  10. TX2GA, glad you're enjoying the blog. Thanks for sharing a place for people to find this online. I'm still buying it at Costco in Salt Lake and still love it.

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