Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hold the Soy

Remember the fuss about trans fats? Well, it seems in the rush to switch to something without such a terrible reputation, a lot of companies turned to soy oil. Unfortunately soy comes with its own set of problems and might not be as good for us as we thought. I'm certainly no expert. But I do know that a lot of people are allergic to soy or can't eat it for other health reasons.

We all know that a true diva makes her own salad dressing. Right? But sometimes, it's convenient to have a bottle of commercial salad dressing on hand. And so I came to examine labels on salad dressings. It's almost impossible to find a salad dressing made without soy oil! Some of the vinaigrettes use olive oil, but honestly, a vinaigrette takes about three minutes to make, I'm certainly not going to spend $5 on a bottle of something that's little more than oil and vinegar.

So I was happy to find this Thousand Island Dressing by Smith & Wollensky. I rarely make Thousand Island dressing, but it brings back good memories of the days when it was all the rage. Smith & Wollensky doesn't use any soy in this dressing. Don't assume that about all of their products, though. It has a nice light flavor with a little tang. Happily, it doesn't contain any preservatives or added color.

Five stars. Tastes good and is soy free.

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