Product: Walden Farms Calorie Free Honey Dijon Salad Dressing – $4.99+
You know…I wouldn’t have bought into the idea of the Walden Farms products had it not been for Rocco DiSpirito. There. I blame it on a chef. The fact is, he often uses the Walden Farms Calorie Free items in his Now Eat This and Now Eat This Diet Cookbooks. And all the time prior to this I had thought…um…no calories, no fat, no carbs, no gluten, no sugars…WHAT is this stuff and how is it even good for you?
And then…one day…I was shopping at my local grocery store and ran across a bottle of the Walden Farms Calorie Free Honey Dijon Salad Dressing. It was greatly marked down in price, so I figured…what the heck…I’d try it. If it turned out to be disgusting, I wasn’t out too much. Besides, my current gluten-free strawberry vinaigrette was running low, so I needed a salad dressing anyway. This…would be something a bit different than my usual choice of a low-fat vinaigrette.
The truth of the matter is…a salad is a naturally healthy choice, but so often (and I used to be really guilty of this) it’s topped with a high calorie and high fat salad dressing. No…seriously…I used to have a little salad with my dressing. My vegetables would be swimming in pools of creamy dressing goodness. And…eventually, I started to use less…and less…and less.
And soon I found myself being one of those people who actually pull out the tablespoon to measure out the required serving size and I would keep to that. I would just give my salad a good toss and coat what I could. And that…is how I have been for a couple of years now. So being a mindful dressing user, I also often ask for it on the side…and when I am at at home…I still measure it out. It is so easy to overdo something as amazing as a good dressing.
Last night, when I measured out two tablespoons of Walden Farms Honey Dijon Salad Dressing…I was pretty certain I was ruining a really good salad. It smelled like honey dijon…so that was a plus, at least. But…I wasn’t quite certain what something with no calories, fat, or anything else might taste like. I was trusting Rocco DiSpririto with my salad and hoping for the best. As I settled in with my salad, I stabbed a few leaves of lettuce with my fork and took my first, very tentative bite.
And…found myself to be impressed instead of disgusted by the flavor. Seriously. This dressing is packed with flavor. And it was good flavor. Definitely not what I was anticipating or expecting…but it was a happy moment or realization. Okay…so it’s not as creamy as most honey dijon dressings are. It almost tastes like a vinaigrette without being as watery as a vinaigrette. The thing is…I get that honey dijon mustard flavor in each bite. No horrible aftertaste or anything. A huge relief, for sure! And now…I hope to try other products and see if they are as good, if not better.
I’m not saying that this is the best dressing around. I never would have purchased it if it weren’t for the manager’s special sale on the product. But now I’m glad I gave in and tried it. Honest flavor. And just really, really good. Yeah…I’m quite happy with this dressing. If you are looking for a healthy alternative to heavy dressings that are laden with fat and calories, give Walden Farms a try. I can’t speak for all of them, but this one was surprisingly tasty.