A little ABOUT US
Several years ago, I approached my chef-trained, foodie friend (with an incredible palate) for assistance in creating a great vinaigrette to encourage consumption of healthy greens and vegetables for my daughters who were competitive athletes. My friend taught me the basics and introduced me to white balsamic vinegar. I experimented for many years before creating a white balsamic vinaigrette that perfectly suited my family’s tastes. Over the years, this liquid gold was regularly requested by friends from near and far!
When I found myself an empty nester, I contemplated resuming my career, but chose instead, to share this beautifully-balanced dressing with the community. In January 2015, the family-run Gigi’s Foods was established with the introduction of our signature White Balsamic Vinaigrette. Since then, other varietals have been added: Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette, Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Avocado Vinaigrette, Greek Vinaigrette and Ice Wine Vinaigrette. The dressings are handcrafted in our production unit in Oakville, Ontario. Small batches are made to ensure quality and consistency. No sugar or preservatives are added, and local ingredients are sourced when possible. Everything is crafted by hand on site–garlic is minced and lemons are freshly squeezed and zested!
Our best-selling, signature dressing/marinade is simple but delicious! Fresh hand-pressed garlic is used in this perfectly balanced product that adds interest to any salad–from mixed greens to pasta. It is commonly used as a marinade for chicken, fish, and shrimp, and is ideal as dipping sauce for bread. The original recipe calls for a flavourless oil (vegetable) but olive oil can be requested at check-out for no additional charge.
If you enjoy our signature white balsamic vinaigrette, you are sure to like our Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette. Fresh lemon juice and lemon zest enhance this vinaigrette, resulting in a light and refreshing option made with olive oil and fresh hand-pressed garlic. Lemon Garlic Vinaigrette is excellent on salads and ideal as a marinade or drizzle for chicken and fish.
Our Apple Cider Vinaigrette has established itself as a family favourite. Organic apple cider vinegar (raw and unfiltered, with the Mother) and raw honey are the cornerstone natural ingredients that provide enormous health benefits with their anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Fresh hand-pressed garlic and olive oil contribute to the wellness factor, and this dressing is perfect for any type of salad (our favourite is greens with Granny smith apple, feta cheese and walnuts)!
New for the 2016 spring/summer market season, our Avocado Vinaigrette does not fail to please! Fresh avocados and freshly squeezed lemon juice blended with olive oil, white balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, kosher salt and garlic transform into a creamy, silky vinaigrette. On the nutritional front, it is difficult to compete as avocados provide a wide variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. Avocados are a naturally nutrient-dense food that contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals! If you plan on picking up a bottle of Avocado Vinaigrette at a Farmers' Market, be sure to arrive early as we usually sell out!