Recently I introduced a new feature for the blog called Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks where once a week or so I’m going to spotlight products I adore. If they’re food items, they’ll be things that also happen to be South Beach Diet friendly. To start it off I’m sharing a recommendation for my all-time favorite salad dressing, Cardini’s Caesar.
The daughter of a good friend calls this stuff “Kalyn’s Dressing”, and it’s true I’ve been buying it for a long time. After I’d been eating the South Beach Diet way for a while, I realized there was one thing I absolutely loved about this diet compared to a lot of other well-known diet plans. Can you say Full Fat Salad Dressing? I never really could develop any kind of a taste for low fat salad dressing, and as for fat-free dressing, well forget about it. Not that anyone who’s trying to lose weight shouldn’t be a little conscious of how much fat they’re eating, but on South Beach what really matters is the type of fat, and whether the dressing has sugar. Cardini’s Caesar is made with soybean oil, and doesn’t have any sugar at all, so it’s a great choice. It’s also very flavorful, so a little goes a long ways.
At the top of this post are two of my favorite ways to eat it. The first photo is simply tomatoes, drizzled with a little Caesar dressing, then sprinkled with my homemade rosemary salt and some fresh ground black pepper. It’s the dead of winter here, but I buy tomatoes all year at Costco and eat them this way. (Be sure they smell like tomatoes when you open the lid, or don’t waste your money.)The second photo is Cucumbers Caesar, something that used to be requested a lot when I was catering houseboat trips, and one of my Easy South Beach Recipes with five ingredients or less. If you like cucumbers at all, I promise you the idea of diet food will never cross your mind when you eat them with a little Cardini’s Caesar.
Cardini’s is available at most major grocery stores in the U.S. The large size above is from Costco. If you can’t find it where you live, it can be ordered from Amazon.com.
Is there a ready-made salad dressing you love? I’d love to hear about it in the comments if others have discovered some great dressings. To be sure it’s South Beach Diet friendly, check the label to see that dressings have only unsaturated fat (soybean oil or olive oil is most common) and less than 2 grams of carbs/sugar per serving.