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Story ran on March 10, 2004

Dressing up your salad

A sugar-free, carbohydrate-free salad topping coming to Columbia this spring

Columbia residents will see a new addition to the salad dressing aisle soon.

Grandma’s Cool and Zesty is introducing a new product to its line, a sugar-free, carbohydrate-free dressing similar to its original Cool and Zesty dressing. The dressing will be called Grandma’s Cool and Zesty Sugar-Free dressing.

“It’s all ready to go and will be introduced in early spring,” creator Dorothy Holterman said.

Manager Steve Picker, Holterman’s grandson, said the company’s initial goal was to make a sugar-free dressing for diabetics and for those looking for a dressing with fewer calories.

“We took the base recipe that Grandma had perfected, and we just experimented with it,” he said.

As they were experimenting, they found that Splenda, a sugar-free product, was carbohydrate-free as well, Picker said.

“It works out great because of all the people on the carb-free diets now,” Picker said.

Holterman introduced her original dressing in January 2000. She said she remembers, as a child, her mother making the dressing using pinches and dabs of ingredients.

“Mama used to make it all the time,” she said.

Growing up with the dressing, Holterman said she wanted to make the dressing herself. Her mother showed her how, but never wrote down the recipe. In 1933, Holterman began playing with the recipe, and 24 years later, in 1957, she found the perfect amount of each ingredient.

“I’ve tried dabs for years,” Holterman said.

While celebrating her 84th birthday in August 1999, Holterman’s son-in-law, Bud Picker, suggested that someone should market the dressing. The next day, Steve Picker began making calls, and on Jan. 9, 2000, they had the first 9-ounce bottle of dressing ready for store shelves.

The dressing is sold in Illinois and Missouri grocery stores, including Gerbes, Schnucks, Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart. Customers can also order it online at www.cool-zesty.com

Picker said the company has a good customer base in Columbia.

“We’ve been very fortunate,” he said.

In January 2003, after introducing a 14-ounce bottle of the dressing, Grandma’s Cool and Zesty decided to discontinue the 9-ounce bottle.

“The 9-ounce bottle worked out well for us,” Picker said. “However, after introducing the 14-ounce bottle in January 2003, sales of the 9-ounce bottle declined.”

The 9-ounce bottles will continue to be sold at grocery stores until supplies run out.

The new 12-ounce sugar-free dressing will be available all places the original dressing is sold and will taste similar to the original flavor.

“It should be pretty darn close,” Picker said.

Besides using the dressing on salad and slaw, other uses include in place of mayonnaise or mustard on a sandwich, over fried fish, cold vegetables or fresh fruit and as a marinade.

“We use it on everything,” Holterman said. “Try it once, and I’m sure you’re going to love it like we do.”


Sweet & Zesty Slaw with Sesame Seeds


1 head cabbage, shredded into cole slaw
4 green onions, sliced
1/2 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1 can Chinese noodles
Grandma's Cool and Zesty Dressing to taste
Pinch of salt

Toast sesame seeds on the stove. Slice green onions. Combine cole slaw, onions, sesame seeds and Chinese noodles. Pour Grandma's Cool and Zesty Dressing over slaw and mix well. Chill slightly before serving.


Photo courtesy of www.cool-zesty.com
Dorothy Holterman perfected Grandma’s Cool and Zesty recipe in 1957.

Copyright 2002 Columbia Missourian



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