Creamy, Vegan Salad Dressing

Growing up my mouth only knew and appreciated my greens slathered in Cesar dressing and greens with Thousand Island.  I can’t quite explain why I like thousand island so much.  It may have been the pink hue, the idea that it had the word “island” in it and I like hot and sunny places or that there was pieces of what I thought was relish in it.

As I started on my health journey we stopped loading the shopping cart with store bought dressings and found it very hard at first to deal with just plain ol’ oil and vinegar on my greens, but I did get a pretty good taste for it and now I actually love lemon on my salad.

Being a gal that watches everything that goes into her body {and her baked goods, so keep your eyes out for our cookies ;) } I only like using my own homemade dressings on my lunch and dinner time garden on a plate as most of the bottled dressings are full of yucky oils, like soybean oil that our body’s don’t really need, dolls.  A better option for oil on your salad is always, extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, and hemp seed oil.  These all mix up a mean dressing ;)

The trick to making a vegan, gluten free dressing creamy is adding either mustard {wet or dry} and some nutritional yeast.  Nutritional yeast seems to give us all that cheesy, cheeto taste that we vegans may be missing on our palates.

Creamy, Lemon, Cheese Dressing:

1.5 tsp olive oil

1/2 tsp dry mustard powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 heaping tsp nutritional yeast

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

couple dashes of Mrs. Dash

2 tbsp filtered water

To Make Dressing: Mix all above ingredients together in a bowl and toss into your salad!

It is important to keep every bite of your salad healthy :)

So yesterday was a fantastic day for me!  I went to my parents place, aka “The Test Kitchen” and as I was walking into the house, a present was dropped into my hands.

I love presents.

I couldn’t wait to open this beautiful brown package to see what it was.  So like a kid on her 6th birthday, I ripped it open.

To my surprise it was a shinny new pot!  As soon as I opened it I burst out laughing because my wonderful Nana purchased this for me after seeing “my little pot that could“.

You see, you didn’t get to see the inside of my “little pot that could“, it was discoloured, messy and needed to be put to rest…..

Thank you Nana for being so good to me :)

I think I will still keep my old pot and only use it for making popcorn on the stove.  What can I say?  It makes a mean coconut oil popcorn :)

Do you love getting unexpected gifts?  Do you give unexpected gifts?

To Your Glam Life,

xxoo

Kris

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18 Responses to “Creamy, Vegan Salad Dressing”

  1. Kristina @ spabettie January 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    aw, that was sweet, and YAY for new cooking items! I love receiving gifts, especially unexpected ones.

    I love lemon, and usually do a lemon + olive oil for my salads… I am going to have to add the NOOCH to it, that sounds cheesy good. :D

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    Kris Reply:

    You my friend are hardcore with just your olive oil and lemon! I love it!! Keep on rocking the lemon world ;)

    xxoo

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  2. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    I love getting any type of mail that is not a bill :-) When it is an unexpected gift, it is even better!!!!!!

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    Kris Reply:

    hahaha! Ditto! no bills please ;)

    xxoo

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  3. Heather (Where's the Beach) January 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Dressing sounds tasty and I love great gifts like that. I have a feeling you’ll get good use out of it!!
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    Kris Reply:

    Oh yea! It is being used tonight for some serious veggie soup :)

    xxoo

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  4. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    Grandma’s are the best! I have a little frying pan that looks very much like your old pot, but it is the perfect size and nothing ever sticks to it, so I love it! After reading your post today, I am adding on to my list of New Years Resolutions – I really want to improve my photography skills for my blog. My pictures are just eehh.
    Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!´s last blog ..Setting SMART New Years Resolutions!My ComLuv Profile

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    Kris Reply:

    Grandmas rock, don’t they!? Awww the little frying pan that could ;) Ryan’s nickname {made by me} is fryin’ pan ;)

    Good pics make a big difference!

    xxoo

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  5. Meri January 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    Hooray! I got two packages in the mail yesterday, one late christmas gift for my mom, and one late birthday present from my boyfriend!
    It was a super mail day :)
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    Kris Reply:

    Your mail day rocked! Way to go :) I bet it made you feel great all day long?

    xxoo

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  6. Melissa January 5, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    That is so sweet!! I love unexpected gifts!
    That salad dressing sounds awesome..I love all thing mustard!

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  7. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 6, 2011 at 1:17 am #

    Okay, why have I never thought to put nutritional yeast in salad dressing? You’re a genius!
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  8. Shanna, like Banana January 6, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    Unexpected gifts are the best ones — to give and get!

    I love this dressing idea..now if only I could find nutritional yeast!
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  9. Katy @ A Healthy Shot January 6, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    That dressing looks delish! I’ve used nutritional yeast on my salad, but never though to incorporate it into a dressing. I’ll have to give it a whirl tomorrow :)
    And yay for new cookware!

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  10. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty January 6, 2011 at 1:59 am #

    Hey I have a thousand Island type salad dressing that’s homemade and raw!! It was awesome, we made it in my course this summer!!

    remind me this weekend if you want it and i’ll type it out for you!

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  11. Stefanie January 6, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    That salad dressing sounds so healthy and fab! I usually use a mixture of nutritional yeast + hummus + salsa. Sometimes I add a little mustard too! But as soon as I get sick of that combo (if that ever happens)–this will be my next obsession! :)

    I love getting surprise presents almost as much as I love giving surprise presents! I have to say a new kitchen item is always welcomed with open arms!

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  12. Leia January 6, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    What a sweet and thoughtful gift!

    And mmm this dressing looks delicious. I also can’t seem to find nutritional yeast anywhere… dying to get my hands on some!

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  13. Elaine- May 5, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    oh gosh sooooo thankful for this, as i contemplate a vegan existenze i have been munching on fruit and salad but was constantly thinking of HOW to get a tasty dressing… thanks for this!!

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