Local company making salad dressing for US Open

HIGH POINT, N.C. — Fresh salad dressing was Kissie Stroup’s reward for working in her grandmother’s vegetable garden.

Today Stroup is adding her own twist to her grandmother’s salad dressing. Caterers use Little Black Dressing and you can find it at local stores. Kissie Stroup is thrilled that her family recipe is a hit.

“It’s exciting because it starts as a hobby and it grows and you add smaller stores,” she said.

Now, Little Black Dressing Company is adding a big client. The High Point business, which employs about 10 people, will supply next week’s U.S. Open in Pinehurst with 2,000 bottles of handmade salad dressing.

“I try not to think about it because it’s overwhelming,” Stroup said. “When you are a small business, to think it’s being tasted nationally is overwhelming really.”

Little Black Dressing will make another 500 bottles of salad dressing for the Women’s U.S. Open. Stroup hopes the exposure from the U.S. Open will increase her business and make High Point a food manufacturing hub.

“I am looking forward to hiring more people,” she said. “[I am] looking forward to a co-packer getting involved. But I would like to keep some of my small accounts in house where I keep making salad dressing.”