*Allergen info: We do not use peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, soy, fish, shelfish, or eggs in our production equipment.

Big Mama

Meet Big Mama

Lois Marks, affectionately known as Big Mama, boasts over four decades of cultivating gardens and crafting culinary delights using the freshest of ingredients. Nestled in her lush Florida backyard, a vibrant tapestry of orange, lemon, lime, pomelo, lychee, star fruit, avocado, mango, and calamondin trees thrive alongside bountiful tomatoes, fragrant herbs, and nutrient-rich greens like kale and broccoli. Guided by the principles of the 3 F’s -- fruiting, floral, and fragrant, Lois curates a symphony of flavors in her backyard garden sanctuary.

Big Mama's famous dressing began with her quest for unbeatable taste and wholesomeness. Frustrated by store-bought options, she crafted a healthy, gluten-free, vegan elixir that embodied her garden's vitality, free from cholesterol and added sugar.

This culinary alchemy satisfied her family and friends for over 30 years and birthed a legacy she now shares with the world—a tribute to her devotion to family, flavor, and the earth she tends to. It's a fitting tribute to a remarkable journey that has earned her the cherished moniker 'Big Mama,' a title celebrated not only by her adoring grandchildren but by all who savor her exquisite creations.

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Big Mama's Calamondin Vinaigrette

Big Mama's Calamondin Vinaigrette

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Become a Wholesale Customer

Add a revenue stream to your market, fishery, or general store. You’ll watch Big Mama’s Calamondin Vinaigrette fly off the shelves!

Email wholesale@bigmamafoods.com or call 305-523-9495 for more information. You can also order directly from Faire.

Big Mama’s Foods is licensed as a wholesale manufacturer by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Preview current retail partners below.

Find Big Mama’s near you

Milam's Market Coconut Grove >

2969 SW 32nd Ave, Miami, FL 33133, United States

Mon-Sun: 7:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Milam's Market Pinecrest >

11701 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL 33156, United States

Mon-Sun: 7:00 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Wayside Market in Pinecrest >

10070 SW 57th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156, United States

Mon-Sun: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Eat Florida Seafood >

612 Portia Cir, Key Largo, FL 33037, United States

Mon-Fri: 9:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Sat-Sun: 10:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Maria Petit Food Boutique >

227 E Lake Ave, Auburndale, FL 33823

Wed-Fri: 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Belladukes >

Streetside, 155 E Boca Raton Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33432, United States

Mon-Sun: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

What is Calamondin?

Calamondin is a small, round, tart citrus fruit that resembles a tangerine. Though it is native to Southeast Asia, it also grows well in Big Mama’s home of Miami, Florida! Calamondin is also referred to as Calamansi, which is the Philippine English spelling of Tagalog kalamansi.

Calamondin juice is tart, so we also use the peel to add sweetness. Garlic chives give the dressing its greenish hue; peeled garlic delivers a complimentary kick; apple cider vinegar adds a healthy tartness; and lemon juice rounds out the flavor.

Learn more about this special ingredient here.

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So Many Uses!

Big Mama has been keeping a list of all the ways customers enjoy her dressing. Here are just a few:

  1. Salads - of course!
  2. Marinade for fish, chicken, beef, turkey, pork, shrimp, lamb
  3. In egg salad, tuna salad, potato salad, cole slaw, pasta salad, deviled eggs (instead of mayonnaise)
  4. Dip for fresh veggies kids love this one & they eat their veggies! (listen up parents)
  5. Dip for stone crabs, crackers, and even french fries.
  6. On grilled salmon, veggies, steak, tuna, halibut and swordfish!
  7. On jalapeno poppers, popcorn chicken, shishito peppers
  8. On popcorn…kids love this one
  9. On pasta, pizza, or even sushi
  10. On mashed potatoes
  11. On chicken tacos, burritos & empanadas
  12. On top of turkey, veggie & black bean burgers
  13. Spread instead of mayonnaise on a chicken salad sandwich
  14. Atop fried rice or plain rice
  15. Sauce for poke bowls
  16. Drizzle on a sub
  17. In a dirty martini (yes, it’s unique but he loves it!)
  18. Marinated vegetable kabobs or added after cooking
  19. Chicken fingers - put dressing in the batter before frying or as a dip when serving.
  20. Mix with Greek yogurt to make a dip or topping
  21. Roasted potatoes, roasted root veggies, brussel sprouts, roasted carrots, roasted beets, roasted asparagus
  22. Mahi mahi sandwich with avocado and onion
  23. Into soup (chicken, vegetable, black bean, lentil, barley)
  24. Dress egg, ramen, cellophane, chow fun, wonton or rice noodles
  25. Cut up fresh pineapple or green mango, add salt, pepper, thyme and toss
  26. Some drink it because "it's just so good"
  27. On "anything because it tastes so good"
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Featured Recipe

Big Mama’s Cedar Plank Salmon

You’ll need:

  • Cedar wood plank
  • Filet of salmon
  • Salt and lemon pepper
  • Ginger teriyaki sauce of your choice
  • Big Mama’s Citrus Calamondin Vinaigrette

Soak the cedar plank for two hours in water.

Place the salmon filet on the cedar plank. Sprinkle with salt and lemon pepper.

Add a layer of Big Mama's Citrus Calamondin Vinaigrette.

Grill on the plank for 12-15 minutes at 350℉.

After 10 minutes, top with ginger teriyaki sauce. 

Transfer the filet to a cutting board and use a spatula to remove the skin.

Cut into portions and serve.

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