I’ve never been a big vinaigrette fan – often finding them too oily, too watery, too sweet, too sharp or too flat. Rather I tend toward the “safe” and indulgent route, dousing my daily greens in full-bodied, creamy dairy-free dressings. But Organicville Vinaigrettes may have won me over with a few of their delicious varieties.
Unlike so many chemical-laden brands, Organicville Vinaigrettes are made with real spices and without funny ingrediensts. Every selection is certified organic, vegan, and gluten-free, and I believe they are even nut-free, too (check with the company on safety!). The only downfall I noted was that they use a base of organic, non-GMO soybean oil. Not a problem for most, but an issue for the soy allergic or those who banish soy in any form.
As for the taste and consistency, Organicville Vinaigrettes really hit the mark. They’re actually a bit lower in fat than many other brands, but they aren’t low fat. Which means they still have rich flavor, are low in sugar and not overly sweet, don’t have sharp vinegar notes, and yet, aren’t greasy. They are perhaps the most balanced natural vinaigrette dressings that I’ve ever enjoyed! And just check out these flavors:
Dijon – I didn’t develop a love for mustard until my early 30’s, but that passion came on strong. So not surprisingly, this was my second favorite of the Organicville Vinaigrettes. Unlike the honey dijon dressing that I often whip up, this one was mostly savory, yet bursting with flavor and even a little umami goodness. It was quite rich and full-bodied, even doubling as an addictive dip.
Miso Ginger – This was an absolute love, and perhaps our favorite. It has deep yet subtle flavors that are lightly rich and complimentary. Tony typically detests ginger, yet he went out of his way to say how good the green salads were with this dressing. Seriously.
Sesame Tamari – More of a vinaigrette in both taste and consistency than the preceding two selections, and spiked with bold notes of both sesame and soy. Definitely a delicious option for Chinese chicken salads, a rice bowl or even noodles, that isn’t overly sweet.
Pomegranate – Typically, I’m not wowed by fruity dressings, but Organicville got this one right with a just lightly sweet, gently pomegranate flavor that has just enough tang to assert itself on a salad, without overpowering. I highly recommend it on summer greens or even winter chicken salads with pomegranate arils!
Herbs De Provence – Packed with so many herbs they literally tickled my taste buds, this is a fantastic all-purpose option that wouldn’t let me down on greens, pasta, sandwiches, vegetables or entrees. In fact, we made some tasty “sneaky” mashed potatoes with it (2 servings): 1/2 lb boiled red potatoes, 1 cup steamed cauliflower florets, 1/4 to 1/3 cup Organicville Herbs De Provence, 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon salt (to taste), and a few twists of the pepper grinder all mashed together.
Olive Oil & Balsamic – At last taste (it’s been a while since I’ve had this one), it was a much gentler flavor than the norm, relying more on herbs and quality olive oil than the sharp tang of balsamic. It was also the runniest of the bunch, nearly sliding right off my plate!
Sun Dried Tomato & Garlic – Like the other Organicville Vinaigrettes, this variety was not shy on taste. However it had a warm Mediterranean vibe. It melded beautifully with my Italian inspired green salad of spinach, romaine, chopped olives, roasted red peppers and chickpeas and was the perfect match to pasta salad. The sharp tang of vinegar made this one a standout, yet the overall flavor was well-tempered by the tomato.
Certifications: Organicville Vinaigrettes are Certified Organic, Certified Vegan, and Certified Gluten-Free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Organicville Vinaigrettes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Organicville Foods website at organicvillefoods.com.