Much better dressing today. It has a little fat (and fat is flavor), and a bit of tartness. No weird, slimy aftertaste as yesterday’s garbage. Not exceptional by any means, as expected, but it was fine and didn’t ruin my salad.
This begs the question - do Italians actually eat Italian dressing? How about the Russians and Russian dressing? Or are these just pale imitations of ethnic foods dumbed down for American palates? I would assume that Italian dressing started out like what I generally use on salads - olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and a few herbs and spices (less than 11, none of them secret...)