Jane and I sampled two of the Mezzetta Vinaigretta salad toppings recently. We tried both the Southwest (pictured) and Mediterranean toppings. The product comes ready made in a jar. Their tag line is "just add lettuce." Jane loved the idea of the product as something quick to prepare for those days when getting a meal together can be a challenge. I was a little leery. I'm not a huge fan of things like this... I feel that the ingredients all tend to gelatanize over time and become a soft mush. But I'm not the cook, and if the cook needs to have the occasional quick fixins I'm not going to complain.
We were concerned about the lactic acid and "natural flavors" on the ingredient list. This is the email we received:
The Vinaigretta is indeed Vegan (except for flavors with honey, which is debatable). Regarding your questions:
1) The lactic acid we use is produced from the fermentation of sugar.
2) The natural flavor is derived from spices.
Let me know if you have any further questions, thanks so much!
So how did it taste? Neither of us loved the Mediterranean Vinaigretta. It had an odd taste and was rather oily. The Southwest Chipotle Lime Vinaigretta was better. I liked it, Jane thought it was okay. Neither of us in any rush to run out and buy more, but it makes a nice meal if you don't really want to think about putting together salad dressing and fixings.