2013 sofi Gold Winner

Outstanding Salad Dressing

Company: NaGo Foods

Created by a sushi chef and his son, NaGo Foods’ line of all-natural dressings is the culmination of several decades in the restaurant business.

“My dad has been a sushi chef for more than 30 years and a lot of people had been asking him for his dressings,” explains company co-founder and director of sales David Ngo. They started out at a farmers market in the Bay Area in 2009, where the products regularly sold out.

Since the company’s grassroots beginnings, the dressings have been racking up accolades. The Ginger Sesame Miso dressing garnered sofi Finalist status in 2010 and 2011—and finally took home the gold this year. “It’s a great feeling to know that people like it,” says Ngo.

To make it, Ngo’s father Sam expertly teases together the flavors of rice vinegar, miso paste, organic agave nectar, pure olive oil, ginger, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds. Ngo says the company is committed to working with miso as the base of their dressings because of its taste and superfood status. “It takes the right balance of other ingredients to bring out the flavor,” he explains. “My dad specializes in the flavor.”

All of NaGo’s dressings are gluten-free and either vegan or vegetarian, and they contain no trans fat, saturated fat or cholesterol.—Emily Crowe

MSRP: $5.49

Website: nagofoods.com

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