Introduction: The Best Salad Dressing Ever!

I have not met anyone who does not LOVE this salad dressing. It uses engevita yeast- a vitamin rich superfood. I modified it from a local vegetarian restaurant’s house dressing (thanks Duncan Garage!), who had already modified it from Hollyhock's Yeast dressing. It is richly flavoured and full of B Vitamins. As well as a salad dressing, I use it in stirfry, on grains, and as a marinade and colorant when I dry-fry sliced tofu (it adds an addictive umami tang). I tried making it with olive oil but found it doesn’t mix as well or taste as good to me. It is thicker and creamier with olive oil though, so feel free to experiment with different oils to your own tastes.

Step 1: Ingredients

1/4 to 1/2 cup engevita yeast (adjust more or less according to your own tastes)

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp. crushed garlic

1/4 cup canola oil

1 1/2 tsp. curry powder

Step 2: Directions

Combine dry ingredients and then add wet ingredients.

Blend well. I whisk it by hand or whiz it in the bullet blender until the canola oil emulsifies well into the mixture. Usually it will then stay mixed, but if it separates later in the fridge, just re-mix it before use.

Store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (but it will be gone long before that).

Makes about 1 ¼ cups.

Step 3:

If you can’t find engevita yeast, nutritional yeast will do, but it doesn’t blend as well. (Then again, you could try grinding the nutritional yeast first, which basically gives you engevita yeast). Engevita yeast is NOT the same thing as regular yeast- it adds flavour to foods, but it is deactivated so it won't grow and rise like regular yeast does. It also adds phenomenal nutritional value. In particular, it is an excellent source of nearly all the B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B9, and most brands also fortify it with B12), as well as zinc and selenium. It also contains all essential amino acids, to make complete protein. That means it is as good for you as it is good. Do try it.

You can find engevita yeast at many large grocery stores (I get mine at Thrifty Foods in the bulk section), or in healthfood stores.

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