Frequently Asked Questions

Litehouse was the name of the restaurant owned by the Hawkins family on Lake Pend Oreille in the small tourist town of Hope, Idaho from 1958 until 1985. The Litehouse Restaurant was well known for unsurpassed views, great food and it’s famous salad bar serving the original Bleu Cheese Salad Dressing. When the first jars were bottled and sold in a local grocery store in 1963 under the Litehouse name, nobody had heard of “lite” products. The salad dressing industry first introduced ‘lite and fat free” products in the late 1980’s.
These Litehouse products do not contain gluten:
  • Avocado Dip
  • Bacon Bleu Cheese
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Big Bleu
  • Bleu Cheese Crumbles
  • Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette
  • Buttermilk Ranch
  • Caesar Caesar
  • Chocolate Caramel
  • Cherry Vinaigrette
  • Chunky Bleu Cheese
  • Chunky Garlic Caesar
  • Cinnamon Caramel
  • Classic Feta
  • Coleslaw
  • Coleslaw with Pineapple
  • Creamy Cilantro
  • Dilly Dip
  • Feta Dill
  • French Onion Dip
  • Instantly Fresh Mushrooms
  • Instantly Fresh Basil
  • Instantly Fresh Chives
  • Instantly Fresh Cilantro
  • Instantly Fresh Dill
  • Instantly Fresh Garlic
  • Instantly Fresh Italian Herb Blend
  • Instantly Fresh Oregano
  • Instantly Fresh Parsley
  • Instantly Fresh Poultry Herb Blend
  • Instantly Fresh Red Onion
  • Instantly Fresh Salad Herb Blend
  • Instantly Fresh Spring Onion
  • Fuji Apple Vinaigrette
  • Garden Ranch Dip
  • Garden Veggie Dressing
  • Greek Vinaigrette
  • Greek Feta
  • Harvest Cranberry Vinaigrette
  • Blue Cheese Center Cut
  • Homestyle Ranch
  • Honey Mustard
  • Huckleberry Vinaigrette
  • Jalapeno Ranch
  • Lite 1000 Island
  • Lite Bleu Cheese
  • Lite Caesar
  • Lite Coleslaw
  • Lite Dilly Dip
  • Lite Greek
  • Lite Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
  • Lite Jalapeno Ranch
  • Lite Ranch
  • Low Fat Caramel
  • Medium Salsa
  •  Gorgonzola Crumbles
  • OPA by Litehouse Blue Cheese
  • OPA by Litehouse Caesar
  • OPA by Litehouse Feta Dill
  • OPA by Litehouse Ranch
  • Organic Balsamic
  • Organic Caesar
  • Organic Ranch
  • Organic Raspberry Lime Vinaigrette
  • Original Bleu Cheese
  • Original Caramel
  • Parmesan Caesar
  • Peach Glaze
  • Pear Gorgonzola 
  • Peppercorn Ranch
  • Pomegranate Blueberry Vinaigrette
  • Poppyseed Dressing
  • Ranch
  • Ranch Dip
  • Ranch Veggie Dippers
  • Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette
  • Red Wine Olive Oil Vinaigrette
  • Reduced Sugar Caramel!
  • Romano Caesar
  • Southwest Ranch Dip
  • Spinach Salad
  • Strawberry Glaze
  • Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Dip
  • Sugar Free Strawberry Glaze
  • Sweet and Sour 
  • Sweet French 
  • Thousand Island
  • Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip
  • White Balsamic
  • Yogurt Kefir Bleu Cheese
  • Yogurt Kefir Caesar
  • Yogurt Kefir Ranch
  • Zesty Italian Vinaigrette
  These Litehouse Products DO contain gluten:
  • BBQ Ranch
  • Classic Stir Fry
  • Lite Ranch Dip
  • Sesame Ginger
  • Spinach Parmesan Dip
  • Tangy Orange Citrus
  • Teriyaki Stir Fry
  • Thai Peanut
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer that has been manufactured for nearly 100 years. It is often used as a controversial food additive. Technically it is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring amino acid which is produced in small quantities by the human body. Litehouse chooses not to enhance our all natural products with this controversial ingredient.
Litehouse chooses to rely on refrigeration, natural acidifiers, quality raw ingredients and good manufacturing practices to maintain a safe product for our customers without the use of potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate.
Water soluble gums are derived from a variety of botanical sources including seeds (guar), seaweed by extraction (carrageenan) and beet sugar fermentation (xanthan). Gums are used as stabilizers, thickeners and bulking agents. They improve mouth feel, appearance and pourability, extend shelf life and build viscosity.
The date on our packaging is a best by date. This date indicates that Litehouse guarantees the quality up to this date. After that date there could be some deterioration of quality. It is used for a guideline for our customers to receive a fresh quality product.
Litehouse Freeze-dried herbs are used 1:1. One teaspoon fresh equals one teaspoon freeze-dried . Litehouse Freeze-dried herbs rehydrate instantly. Do not refrigerate upon opening.
Canola oil is one of the richest sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. The #1 cause of death in the U.S. is heart disease. To reduce the risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends reducing saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, and making dietary choices that lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol. The American Heart Association recommends including canola oil as part of a heart healthy diet. Litehouse uses canola oil exclusively as the basis for its regular and lite refrigerated dressings

Monounsaturated fat from canola oil increases HDL (good) cholesterol; low HDL cholesterol is considered a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

  •  Monounsaturated fat from Canola oil, does not increase LDL (bad) cholesterol High LDL (bad) cholesterol increases risk for heart attack and stroke, especially when HDL (good) cholesterol is low.
  •  Monounsaturated fats improve blood cholesterol in people with diabetes, who have more than double the risk of having a heart attack and stroke.
  •  Monounsaturated fats may help reduce the formation of blood clots, thus reducing risk for heart attack and stroke.
  •  Monounsaturated fats may help to dissolve blood clots if they do form. The American Heart Association recommends replacing saturated fat with monounsaturated fat in the diet

Canola oil is one of the few plant foods containing a significant amount (at least 10%) of omega-3 fats.

Omega-3 fats have been shown to:

  •  Decrease risk of sudden death and arrhythmia
  •  Decrease triglycerides; (elevated triglycerides are a risk factor for heart attack and stroke).
  •  Decrease growth of atherosclerotic plaque, (artery-clogging substance). Improve arterial health.
  •  Lower blood pressure (significant for reducing risk of heart attack and stroke).
  •  The American Heart Association recommends increasing dietary sources of * omega-3 fats from plant (canola) and animal (fish and fish oil) sources.
The hottest health claim of the year has always been a standard at Litehouse. Litehouse uses 100% Canola Oil, which has 0g trans fats. The USDA has determined a diet low in trans fat, saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Labeling laws require trans fat be added to the nutritional facts panel in 2006. OTHER POINTS OF DIFFERENTIATION Salad dressings such as Kraft and Maries contain and primarily use soybean oil, which contains significantly less monounsaturated fat, and more than twice the saturated fat of canola oil.

Litehouse facilities do not use Peanut or tree nuts as ingredients in any of their products.

Dressing product codes are on the top of the lid. Dip product codes are printed on the side of the tub near the top lid that the lid attaches to. Herb product codes are printed on the neck band that holds the lid to the jar.

One small clove of garlic is equal to 1/2 teaspoon minced, or 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.

These lids are applied on a rotary capper and are tested for the proper torque that is required to seal them.  if you happen upon a tight lid, we recommend running the lid under hot tap water for about 30 seconds.  The heat will expand the pores in the plastic and may make it easier to remove.

Litehouse manufactures both the blue cheese and the buttermilk used in our dressings.  The milk used to make the blue cheese and the buttermilk used in the dressing is pasteurized before the formulation of the dressing begins.  The final dressing is acidified and must be kept refrigerated for quality.  The eggs used in our dressings are also pasteurized.