Appalachian Naturals - Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

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Goshen, MA based Appalachian Naturals created their Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Dressing that's robust citrus vinaigrette sweetened with organic agave nectar (from the agave plant) instead of sugar. Excellent tossed with a harvest bean salad or used as a marinade for chicken or fish. To boot it's gluten free.

We love Appalachian Naturals products. Learn more about the evolution of their business:

In 1998 Shelly Risinger and Kristin Barry decided to renovate an old tavern into a working restaurant in the rock climbing town of Joshua Tree National Park. The restaurant, known to this day as The Crossroads, featured entrees such as seared ahi tuna over baby greens (with fresh tuna flown in daily from the Sea of Cortez), Baja steak soft tacos (with homemade corn tortillas that were hand pressed to order), the famous Harvest Salad with ripe avocado, fresh figs, heirloom tomatoes, and baby spinach featuring the most requested house dressing: Ginger Miso.

Patrons were thrilled to find contemporary urban cuisine in a desolate, almost forgotten, settlement without having to dress up for the occasion. They could swagger in right after their last climb of the day and be served cuisine that, prior to Crossroads, was only available 300 miles away in Laguna Beach.

Fast forward to 2001, the restaurant was so successful that the restaurant owners decided to close up shop in August when all of their customers were gone. Several of their patrons were a bit anxious about this, so much that they started bringing in mason jars, and empty gallon jugs, to stock up on their favorite salad dressings before the restaurant closed. It was finally suggested, "you should seriously think about bottling this" (referring to Ginger Miso and Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette).

In 2005, 3000 miles to the northeast of southern California, the first batch of Ginger Miso Salad Dressing was bottled. Soon thereafter the owners added seven more dressings, barbecue sauces, dips, and salsa.



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