Friday, October 26, 2007

our house dressing

Since we have lived in the Atlanta area, we have gone to Soul Vegetarian many a times. Last time I wrote about Soul Vegetarian, I mentioned their incredible salad dressing, which I believe they call Prince dressing. Last time I was in there, I was determined to find out what was in it so I could make a variation of it at home. The creaminess lead me to believe that it was tahini based, but the waiter gave me the ingredient list that included nutritional yeast, tamari, garlic, water and olive oil. That was a few weeks ago and since then, I have been messing around with a recipe that I am proud to call my own but all inspiration and a huge head nod goes out to Soul Vegetarian.
My version has a few more/different ingredients and is awesome on salads, sandwiches, rice, and potatoes . . . I have also been known to dip crackers, french fries and chips in it!
Warning: it is VERY garlicky and does have a somewhat strong nutritional yeast base. You can eat it right away, but I think it tastes better when it’s had time to chill in the fridge. I have made it with a hand whisk once but to get the creamiest consistency, I have used my immersion blender every time since. If you don't have an immersion blender (GET ONE!), you could try using a food processor or regular blender . . . I'm just not sure what kind of consistency you will get.

No Joke Dressing (Our House Dressing)

1 cup nutritional yeast
2/3 cup water (I use filtered water)
2 tbsp soy sauce (I use 2 tbsp, but you can use less if you'd like)
2 tbsp agave nectar (you might want less . . . a lot less, but I love it this way)
2 tsp granulated garlic (yep, the dried stuff)
2-3 small (or 1-2 medium/large) crushed garlic cloves (told you it was garlicky!)
1/4 cup neutral oil (such as sunflower, safflower or canola oil)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

In a large bowl, combine nutritional yeast and water together with a spoon until totally incorporated. Add the soy sauce, agave nectar, granulated and crushed garlic and blend well with the immersion blender. Once smooth, slowly add the two oils. I use two oils because the olive oil is a really strong flavor and the neutral oil helps keep it smooth without an additional flavor. If you want to cut some fat, I’m sure you could use less oil but it won’t be as creamy and you may need to add a touch more water so it won’t be too strong. This makes 1-1 1/2 cups of dressing.
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VeggieGirl said...

that Soul Vegetarian restaurant sounds terrific - especially the way you describe it!! yum!!

Anonymous said...

ooo, that sounds good!

Monika K said...

I have all these ingredients and will have to give this a try. It sounds tasty and simple - the way good food should be. (-:

Leigh said...


selina said...

that dressing sounds good. thats awesome that you adapted their recipe & made your own.

i just need some garlic cloves & i may just have to make it.

Veggie Cookster said...

oooooh, I have all those ingredients in my cupboard as I speak... gonna have to try it cuz it sounds fab! :)

Pink Theory said...

wow, thanks for sharing that dressing recipe b/c I really love that stuff too! I am also glad that you kinda deduced the goods and the bads from your elimination diet.

The Little Vegan said...

I love Soul Veg's dressing (and basically everything ese about them!), so thanks for posting your recipe adaptation :o).

Vegan_Noodle said...

Sounds delicious. Would flax or hemp oil be considered neutral? I think I need to invest in an immersion blender....

Anonymous said...

sounds awesome! i'll have to whip some of this up; we go through tons of salad dressing around here & that can get pricey!

bazu said...

Looks wonderful. I'm a huge salad fanatic, so dressings are very important to me! I'll have to try this soon.

Don't Get Mad Get Vegan! said...

i love, love, LOVE nutritional yeasty dressings. i've been looking for something new to make as a staple salad dressing of late.

thanks for the recipe, can't wait to try it!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

Jared and I are seriously addicted to this dressing. I was thinking it might be a bit thick for some people. If it is, you could add some more water to thin it out a bit.

Vegan Noodle- You could try and use flax or hemp seed oil but those may have too strong of a flavor on their own. Neutral oils to me are oils that have virtually no flavor to them on their own.

style-for-style said...

Hey I don't know if you remember but along time ago Soul Veg put out a cookbook.
Here is their official recipe:
3/4 C Veggie Oil
4 Cloves garlic (pressed)
1 1/4 C Nutritional yeast
1 1/4 C Water
1/8 C Tamari

blend in a blender
and I agree it sets up a bit by the next day.