Every once in a while, you come across one of those gems at a food show – a small company with vibrant owners who are showcasing gorgeous, colorful products that are made with all-natural ingredients. Victoria’s Garden Grown was one of those “impossible to resist” delights.
Full as my belly was, I didn’t get the chance to taste Victoria’s Garden Grown Dressings and Marinades at Expo West earlier this year, but they were kind enough to send me some samples for tasting.
Each variety of Victoria’s Garden Grown is made with all natural and many organic ingredients that, yes, you guessed it, come straight from the garden. They are naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and pretty much top allergen-free, as they use just vegetables, spices, natural seasonings, cane sugar, citric acid for preserving, and a touch of xanthan gum for thickening since Victoria’s Garden Grown Dressings and Marinades are also virtually fat free! Yes, just 15 to 20 calories per 2 tablespoon serving, no fat, and because they are made with real veggies, each serving is a good source of beta carotene!
Victoria’s Garden Grown Dressings and Marinades are even a touch chunky (you can see the little bits of carrots below), and work great as quick marinades (they contain vinegar) for tofu, chicken, etc. As dressings, I found them a bit too sharp in vinegar and a bit too sweet, particularly the Red Pepper Vinaigrette. My favorite for using in recipes was the Sweet Kale (it’s a great marinade and flavor component for sandwiches, salads, etc.) and the Beet Vinaigrette (not as “beety” as I expected), and on its own was the Carrot Ginger, which had the most depth of flavor.
Certifications: Victoria’s Garden Grown Dressings and Marinades are labeled as gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO, but I didn’t spot any certifications.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Victoria’s Garden Grown Dressings and Marinades are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Select varieties are also soy-free. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Victoria’s Garden Grown website at www.victoriasgardengrown.com.