Really, aren’t most salad dressing relatively raw? Regardless, when reviewing Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets (talk about a dense read!) I decided to give a couple of the recipes a go, and one of the salad dressings along with a smoothie peaked my interest …
First up was the Pink Cadillac Smoothie – a very simple recipe (mangoes, strawberries, and OJ – whiz away) that was good, but not totally to my taste. I think my fruit was under-rype and I am not a big fan of OJ-based drinks. A little orange juice is good, a lot, seems to overpower.
Next up was the Liquid Gold Dressing. This was definitely unique. Not a blend I would have concocted, yet it worked. It was surprisingly mellow compared to other vinaigrettes – lightly sweet, lightly savory, lightly pungent. I’m not a big lemon juice fan, so I subbed the juice with apple cider vinegar (I actually think this may go better with the flavors) and did a little ratio adjusting.
Anyway, Becoming Raw is really about far more than recipes, it is a bible for anyone considering a partially or fully raw diet. You can read my full review of the book here on Go Dairy Free … but, how about that modified salad dressing recipe … hmmm?
Almost Raw Liquid Gold Salad Dressing
Part of the point of this nutritious dressing is getting your Omega-3’s, hence the hemp oil, hemp milk, and flaxseed. But, if hemp products aren’t in your budget, you can use another good quality oil (even EVOO) and your favorite plain or unsweetened milk alternative.
This recipe is adapted from Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets. It is Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, and Refined Sugar-Free.
- 2 Tablespoons Hempseed or Flaxseed Oil (I used Manitoba Harvest Hempseed Oil)
- 2 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Plain or Unsweetened Milk Alternative, plus more as needed (I used Manitoba Harvest Original Hemp Milk)
- 4 Teaspoons Nutritional Yeast Flakes
- 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce or Wheat-Free Tamari (for gluten-free)
- 2 Teaspoons Ground Flaxseed (grind then measure)
- 1/2 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Teaspoon Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cumin (optional in my opinion)
Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl. If dressing is too thick for your tastes, feel free to thin with a wee bit more milk alternative. Go slowly though … a little liquid goes a long ways when thinning dressings.
To note, the flaxseed will cause the dressing to thicken the longer it sits.
Yields 2 to 4 servings, depending on the size of your salad