This is one of those “only at Trader Joe’s” products, or at least I’ve never seen another type of product like this one.
I am something of a “Sriracha freak”. I love the stuff, and love The Spicy though I wouldn’t call myself a chile-head like those types of people who go for the “Death Head” type of sauces. Me, I want spice AND flavor. Therefore I love – and I mean LOVE – the original Huy Fong Foods SRIRACHA sauce, which is one of the greatest food things on the planet. A food product who’s fan’s are legion.
I will put it on lots of different things. Still I never tried it on a salad. So guess what? This is a terrific idea, and Trader Joe’s Organic Sriracha Ranch Dressing is a terrific product. Its a ranch-style salad dressing, which is very spicy. How spicy? Well in its original version, which in my opinion Trader Joe’s has changed and toned down, I would have to use this stuff sparingly, as mere dollops. It was actually far, far spicier than Sriracha or most hot sauces for that matter. I used to mix it with some yogurt or mayo to tone it down a wee bit, but that is no longer needed. This is when it originally came out – a year ago? Can others please confirm this change to tone down the heat? Maybe people complained it was just too spicy, and they reformulated it with less of a heat level. Anyway I just bought a bottle and it doesn’t seem nearly as spicy as it used to be, though it is still spicy, and still very good! Not only is this ranch dressing good on salad or greens of course but it has many, many more uses on all kinds of foods. You can put a little on the side as a sauce for most anything, for instance grilled chicken, or shrimp, or fish, or grilled tofu, or what have you.
In fact you can use this as an ingredient to cook with it. For instance, try brushing this stuff on chicken which you would bake, broil, or grill. Its awesome on hamburgers, mixed with some ketchup for some homemade spicy “special sauce”. Try a little on some asian style noodles… with some chunky organic peanut butter on top? In fact try this on just about anything you think might be better with some spice to it. You will come up with some interesting tests.
So congratulations on a fantastic product, Trader Joe’s. Some hard core chile- heads might be disappointed that you toned down the heat a bit for mere mortals. (But folks, you can mix some Sriracha sauce with this, if you want it spicier still, or add some cayenne pepper and it will be like it used to be). It sells for $2.99 (16 oz. bottle) which is not bad since most TJ salad dressings are 8 oz bottles?
So try this, its one of those love it or hate it type TJ products! Do I love it? Yes, yes, yes! Giving it a:
By the way, the story of HUY FONG FOODS SRIRACHA and it’s founder Vietnamese refugee David Tran, is one of the best American immigrant success stories there is!
Have you tried this product? Let me know what you think in the comments section!