Update (11-19-12): This salad dressing now contains Citric Acid which is prohibited on the candida diet
I have such good news to share with you. I have stumbled across a commercially available vinegar free salad dressing. I am still in disbelief that this actually exists. I had completely given up my search for such a product, as reading the labels on the salad dressings in the supermarket proved to be in vain. Most of the commercially available brands have vinegar, citric acid and/or added sugars that make them off limits on the candida diet.
I was very disappointed that I could not find a candida diet friendly salad dressing as salads are one of the first meals that you think of when dieting. Salads are such a good way to enjoy a variety of raw vegetables which is encouraged on the candida diet. Many resources suggest just using a little bit of lemon juice and olive oil but this did not really appeal to me and I pretty much gave up salad for a while. When I found a recipe for several yeast free salad dressing recipes in the Candida Control Cookbook by Gail Burton I was thrilled. I find that her Creamy Herb Salad Dressing is the best and goes well with most types of salads. Although I was very thankful for these recipes there are times that I would still avoid salad because I just did not feel like taking the extra steps to prepare these dressings. I actually became so frustrated last week at the thought of making yet another bottle of Creamy Herb Salad Dressing that I just omitted salad from the menu for the night.
It seems like such good timing that I discovered this dressing. I belong to a Yeast Free Recipes group on Facebook and in one of the comments someone mentioned this dressing. My first thought was “This is too good to be true, there has to be at least one ingredient that is not allowed on the candida diet.” I quickly Googled it and found the ingredient label. The Ingredient in Annie’s Naturals Lemon & Chive Dressing are as follows: Expeller-pressed Canola Oil, Water, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Sea Salt, Shallots, Mustard Flour, Black Pepper
Chives and Xanthan Gum. So I was wrong this dressing is okay for the candida diet. I looked for it in the special dietary needs aisle at Stop & Shop and although they had other Annie’s Naturals dressings they did not have the Lemon & Chive one. I did not have time to get to Whole Foods but I did call to see if they carried it and they informed me that they did. I was finally able to pick up a bottle today and taste it. I actually put a little bit on my cucumber for snack and it pretty good. It is very lemony but has a good mix of flavors and it is very creamy. It reminds me of ranch a bit. I do prefer the Creamy Herb Salad Dressing that I make to this one but when I am time starved like so many people are I will make sure to have this around. The only negative about this dressing is that it has xanthan gum. It is okay for the candida diet but my oldest daughter cannot have it because of her corn allergy. I still believe that this is worth having around even if I use it exclusively for my lunch salads. It cost me $3.49 at Whole Foods.