The Primal Kitchen No Dairy Alfredo Sauce (available at Whole Foods, Target, etc) caught my attention the other day and I decided to give it a try.
I am, in general, a fan of Primal Kitchen products and was intrigued to see how they managed to develop dairy free alfredo sauce.
Dairy Free Alfredo Sauce Nutrition, Ingredients and Labelling
Let’s take a closer look at what comes in this 15.5 ounce bottle.
A serving of this sauce is 1/4 cup and there are about 7 servings in a bottle.
The nutrition facts for a single serving of sauce are:
- Calories: 60
- Fat: 4.5g (6% DV)
- Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV)
- Sodium: 350mg (15% DV)
- Carbohydrates: 4g (1% DV)
- Protein: <1g
As far as bottled sauces are concerned this one looks healthy enough as the fat and sodium levels are quite low.
The No Dairy Alfredo Sauce has the following ingredients:
- Cashew butter
- Tapioca starch
- Avocado oil
- Onion powder
- Black pepper
- Lemon juice
- Citric acid
- Nutritional yeast
I have to confess that one of the reasons I wanted to try this sauce was because it has cashew butter as a primary ingredient and I love cashews!
The labelling indicates that this product is:
- Certified Paleo
- Certified Keto
- Certified Gluten Free
- No Soy
- No Canola
- Non GMO
This product is not labelled as Organic.
The front of the label states that this sauce is not a low calorie food.
How Does Primal Kitchen No Dairy Alfredo Sauce Taste?
We tried this sauce on some pasta along with some grilled chicken in an attempt to get something like Costco’s Chicken Alfredo.
There are no heating instructions for the sauce so we added it directly to the hot pasta and tossed to coat. The first thing we noticed was that the texture was a little “goopy” which isn’t terribly surprising considering the use of tapioca starch in the ingredients.
As far as the taste was concerned I was initially disappointed.
It turns out that the only thing Primal Kitchen Alfredo and traditional Alfredo have in common is the color. The Primal Kitchen sauce does not come close to tasting like a traditional Alfredo sauce.
I really wanted to like this sauce but it looks like my initial thoughts are similar to the customers who bought this product at Target and left a huge percentage of 1 star reviews.
What I Like About the Sauce
Once I got over the fact that the sauce was a horrible Alfredo substitute I started to appreciate the flavors that were present. The sauce actually has a very pleasant lemon profile with a hint of pepper that works well with pasta.
I made a second bowl of pasta for a late night snack and was quite happy to add more of this sauce to the bowl.
Think of this sauce as a pleasant lemon vinaigrette instead of an Alfredo and you will like it just fine.