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Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing Review

Reviewed by Tanya Jackson | Dec 8, 2009
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Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Fat Free Salad DressingsI'm trying to eat more fruits and vegetables, and one easy way to do that is to eat a salad with lunch and/or dinner. However, one easy way to blow this healthy addition is to add a fatty, calorie-laden salad dressing. When I saw Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing in the grocery store for $2.49, I decided to pick up a bottle to see if this would enhance the taste of my salads.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 2 tbsps
Calories: 5
Total Fat: 0%
Saturated Fat: 0%
Sodium: 160 mg, 7%
Protein: 1 gram
Carbohydrates: 1 grams
Price: $2.49 (8 oz)

This salad dressing has few ingredients, thankfully. Those ingredients are: water, balsamic vinegar, cider vinegar, dehydrated garlic, salt, spices, cane syrup, and xantham gum. The 8-ounce bottle contains about eight 2-tablespoon servings, each of which have just 5 calories, no fat, only 160 mg of sodium (7% of the RDA), 1 gram of carbohydrates, and no protein.

As for the taste: this stuff is strong! I was amazed at the low sodium level, given how strong the taste was. Then again, balsamic vinegar typically has a strong flavor. A little goes a long way, which means the bottle will last a long time. I like to drizzle a little bit of this on my salads to add a hit of flavor and interest to those leafy greens.

I must say that I wasn't impressed with the first Maple grove Farms of Vermont product which I tried, which was their Sugar Free Maple Syrup. But while the Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing might not satisfy a craving for creamy, fatty dressing, I still like it a lot, especially because it seems lighter and can let the veggies shine. Plus with those nutritionals, it's hard to beat.

Maple Grove Farms of Vermont has quite a lot of Fat Free and Sugar Free Dressings & Syrups - perhaps more than Walden Farms, and that's saying a lot! But they also seem to be be hit or miss just like WF too - some products are great, some are not.

Rating
Taste: 4
Nutrition: 4.5
Price: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
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