The Food Snob Series – Kraft Creamy Cucumber Dressing

This dressing used to be a staple in our home.  As vegetarians, this served as a substitute for mayonnaise in so many ways – sandwich spread, salad dressing, potato salad, tofu salad, on a bagel instead of cream cheese…and the list could go on.  This dressing is only available in Canada, so I haven’t had it in a long time, but after looking at the ingredients, consider it a blessing in disguise. Ingredients: WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, VINEGAR, CUCUMBER JUICE, SUGAR, SALT, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, DRIED SOUR CREAM (MILK SOLIDS, CITRIC ACID, BACTERIAL CULTURE, BHA, BHT), DRIED ONION, XANTHAN GUM, NATURAL FLAVOUR, POLYSORBATE 60, SPICES, POTASSIUM SORBATE, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA. (B091F) How scary is it that when you do a search on polysorbates, it takes you to a cosmetics information site? The FDA allows polysorbate 60 in food products to be used as an emulsifier, but it is most likely more common as an ingredient in your favourite skin care product. Polysorbate 60 is generally used in imitation cream, baked goods and frozen desserts – and all because we’ve been programmed to think all food should be a certain consistency.  I’m actually ok with having to stir or shake a product before using. This link has a lot more detail on this ingredient. The number of preservatives in the ingredient list seem quite high – and not necessary.  Nowadays, if I need a quick sandwich spread or salad dressing, I buy Organic Veganaise – yes it is soy based, but the ingredients are basically what I would use if I was to make my own creamy salad dressing at home. However, if you’re looking for a soy free option, in my opinion, yogurt provides a great substitute.  It provides the same level of creaminess you would need (and you can always strain your yogurt in a cheese cloth if you need a thicker consistency).  My favourite yogurt brand these days is Nancy’s Organic – that is if I don’t take the initiative to make my own yogurt at home (wouldn’t my mom be proud).  I love mixing in some freshly chopped dill and garlic into my yogurt to serve with just about anything.  It is especially delicious when mixing with some potatoes to make a potato salad – minced celery, dill, garlic and some pepper always hit the spot.

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