We had another terrific Soy Salad Dressing competition collaboration with the Iowa Restaurant Association this year at the Iowa State Fair. Even Progressive Grocer is talking about it!
State fair food is commonly known for its deep-fried excess, but this year’s Iowa State Fair featured a contest showcasing options that are both healthy and delicious.
This week’s competition, hosted by The Soyfoods Council and the Iowa Restaurant Association, allowed fairgoers to watch four local chefs make and discuss their tofu-based salad dressings in front of a panel of professional judges, then sample the results.
The winner: Chef Alex Strauss from the Market Café at the West Lakes Hy-Vee supermarket in West Des Moines. Strauss won over the crowds as well as a six-judge panel with his gold medal-winning sweet and spicy creamy mango habanero dressing, served over a mixed local greens salad with avocados, hearts of palm, red peppers and Jamaican jerk pork.