I've been making a version of this salad for about 8 years. In the beginning, I used a locally made bottled dressing, but I was lucky enough to discover a "taste alike" recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks several years ago. Since that discovery, there's always a bottle of this delicious concoction mixed and ready in the fridge.
Yeast Dressing (from Hollyhock Cooks):
Into the jar of a blender add:
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (not brewer's yeast, which is bitter and awful - look for yeast flakes such as "Red Star" brand)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup tamari (try to find tamari as regular soy sauce or Bragg's doesn't taste quite the same)
- 1/3 cup cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons garlic (I often just throw a few large whole cloves in and let the blender do the work)
- 1 1/2 cups canola oil or other light vegetable oil (don't use extra virgin olive oil as the flavor is too strong)
The dressing itself isn't something I would want to eat a lot of on its own, but when mixed with the right salad ingredients, it becomes something entirely different. I've rarely had a salad that is so completely satisfying and "meaty" - I think it must be all the B vitamins in the yeast (which is another bonus of this dressing, it's extremely good for you!).
It would be stretching it to call the following combination a recipe, but this is how I almost always use this dressing:
Fill a bowl with washed and dried lettuce (mixed greens are my favorite), crumble some feta cheese on top, add a handful of sprouted mixed beans (garbanzos, lentils, adzuki, and mung beans preferably), and pour on some dressing. Toss to mix, and enjoy.
I sometimes substitute grated cheddar for the feta, canned chick peas for the beans, and if I have it, a few slices of creamy avocado (not locally grown, I know, but I'm weak when it comes to these things!). It's so hearty and satisfying that I regularly have a big bowl of this on its own for lunch - and I'm not a woman who would typically consider a salad a meal. ;D
Is there a salad (or salad dressing) that you just can't live without?