Thursday, November 3, 2011

Best Catalina Alternative

So, as I've shared before, Justin's Mom's Taco Salad recipe is one of our favorites around here, and one we return to often.

But, as described in this post, I always felt bad about using the Kraft Catalina dressing that the recipe calls for. This feeling of badness came primarily from the scary list of ingredients in that Kraft staple:


Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Soybean Oil, Vinegar, Salt, Water, Contains less than 2% of Modified Food Starch, Phosphoric Acid, Dried Onions, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate and Calcium Disodium Edta As Preservatives, Citric Acid, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1. 


And even though we discovered a good home-made version of this Catalina, it still didn't quite hit the spot, and sometimes it felt a little onerous to pull out the food processor and all. Sometimes you just want to grab something from the pantry without having to make it from scratch, right?

We tried a few other store-bought alternatives, like Annie's French Dressing, but found them all lacking that original Kraft Catalina flavor. 

Until now.  We just discovered Seeds of Change's Organic French Tomato Dressing, and it's perfect. Delicious. Tomato-y. Just right.



Not only is it organic and delicious, but check out this ingredient list:

Ingredients: Water, evaporated cane juice*, vinegar*, sunflower oil*, tomato paste*, corn starch*, dijon mustard paste*, sea salt, onion powder*, spices*, roasted red pepper puree*, extra virgin olive oil*, locust bean gum*.
* = Certified Organic

Much better!


Now we're happy and well-fed and (at least a little) healthier!

2 comments:

  1. THANK YOU! We have tried so many dye-free and caramel-coloring-free versions of "french" dressing and none of them really hit the spot. I grew up in Mississippi, where folks have been putting French dressing on pizza since the 1960s, and there's a great pizza joint - Tom's Extreme Pizzeria in Ocean Springs - that actually puts Catalina right into their pizza sauce. Pizza delivery places add packets of it to their pizza boxes, lol. Soooo good. Now I an enjoy that tradition far away from home, and without poisoning my family. :)

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  2. So glad that this is of some use to someone besides me! I'd never heard of Catalina and pizza (even though I grew up next door in Arkansas). People up here in Wisconsin sometimes dip their pizza in Ranch, though. I hope you like this Seeds of Change version. Let me know how it works for you and your family!

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