Pros: A tasty low-fat dressing that took out the fat and added a lot of flavor.
Cons: High salt content.
Ever since Subway became a well-known sandwich shop (thanks, Jared!), we have looked at salad dressings in a different light. They are now fair game for adding some zip to sandwiches, baked potatoes, tuna salad at our house.
Lately we've been on a quest to find some good low-fat dressings. It's been interesting, to say the least. We've tried several low- and no-fat versions of ranch dressings. Most of them are, at final tally, not so good. They were too thin, this one had way too much pepper and garlic, that one was just ... so wrong. The search continued.
Located in the salad dressing/oil aisle at our local Kroger's grocery, Kraft dressings are very easy to find. It would be difficult to not find something--if not many somethings--to your liking as you peruse the dozens of choices Kraft offers. I was looking for a low-fat, flavorful version of Ranch dressing that didn't taste like watered-down dressing. Light Cucumber Ranch sounded intriguing, and it was on sale to boot, so I bought a 16 oz. bottle for around $2.29.
This dressing is a low-fat, sour cream-based dressing that comes in a plastic bottle. It has a picture of lettuce and a tomato wedge along the bottom of the label, large cucumber slice on the left. The Kraft logo is toward the top, the name "Light Cucumber Ranch" in blue lettering in the center. The cap is the most convenient one on the planet, the kind you can flip open with one thumb. Love those! Plastic bottle you can squeeze, check. Flip-top cap with small opening so you can better control how much comes out, check. Last, and most important, how does it taste?
Wow, what a surprise this dressing was! The dressing has cucumber juice, the sixth ingredient listed. It is the perfect amount of juice, just enough to flavor the dressing without overpowering the other spices, a perfect partner to the vinegar and onion bits. A very refreshing difference resulting in a boldly tart, flavorful dressing.
The dressing consistency does lean a bit toward the thin side, but not so much that it will drip off your sandwich as long as you use a little restraint in your pouring. You don't really need a huge amount anyway as this is not a bland dressing. I used about two teaspoonfuls (that's just 1/3 of one serving) between the turkey slices and the cheese slice, microwaved for a half a minute and had a darned good sandwich for lunch. The dressing added a lot of flavor and only added 15 calories. Nice!
Nutrition information per serving:
Serving size: 2 Tablespoons
Calories 45, Fat calories 30
Total fat 3.5g 5%
Trans fat 0% Polyunsaturated fat 2.0g Monounsaturated fat 1.0g
Cholesterol less than 5mg 1%
Sodium 480mg 20%
Total carb 3g 1% Fiber 0g Sugars 2g Protein 0g
Ingredients: water, vinegar, soybean oil, sugar, salt, cucumber juice, dried sour cream, contains less than 2% of modified food starch, dried onions, xantham gun, propylene glycol alginate, polysorbate 60, potassium sorbate and calcium disodium EDTA as preservatives, natural flavor, spice.