Special Dressing II

Growing up we had 1 salad dressing that my mother would make if we asked or if it was a special occasion, it was called Special Dressing (maybe eventually I’ll also get to special noodles). It was a blended mix of shallots, dijon, oil, and other ingredients that when blended, became emulsified and creamy. It was the only creamy dressing I remember ever having in the house. It is still referred to as special dressing.

For the past year, one of my roommates has raved about a dressing that she purchases at Wheatsville. It’s tasty. I’ve always thought I could recreate it. Here is my attempt. It is also a creamy dressing without the cream, hence “special dressing II”. My version is completely different from the store-bought, but so far we think it’s pretty delightful. We ate tons of salad last night and used it for dipping the carrots in as an appetizer too.

This is an approximation:
1.5 cups cashews
2-3 cloves garlic
1/4 (plus more to taste) cup apple cider vinegar
1.5-2 Tablespoons tahina
1/8 cup (plus more to taste) of wheat-free tamari
3/4-1 cup olive oil and/or grapeseed oil
hefty sprinkling of pepper and salt to taste
up to 5 Tablespoons water

Blend first 2 ingredients in cuisinart. Add vinegar and tamari, salt, pepper, and tahina. Slowly add grapeseed oil until it’s emulsified (looks nice and creamy). Add 1 tbsp of water at a time until desired consistency. It may look chunky and kind of separated until you start adding water: that’s okay! Just keep adding.


About Salts Kitchen

I write. I eat. And I cook. I write about what I cook and eat. I love finding new foods, being inspired to make something I've never made, and most of all I love feeding other people things that they have never tried before. I like disproving myths about food and what it means to eat well, to eat healthy, often on a budget, and for some of us- to eat with a bunch of food allergies (and still eat well!).
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7 Responses to Special Dressing II

  1. Deborah says:

    I want!

  2. Just made it-having it with salad again tonight. YUM!

  3. Katy says:

    You don’t have to soak the cashews first? Is it lumpy?

    • Salts Kitchen says:

      Katy: Nope, no need to soak the cashews. I used raw whole cashews and blended them first. It wasn’t lumpy or crunchy at all, but it definitely is textured. Let me know how it goes if you try it.
      Joy: how’d it go?

  4. Tony says:

    You posted special dressing! Man, I never got the recipe to that one before.

    • Salts Kitchen says:

      This isn’t THE special dressing. It’s just A special dressing. The original will probably not appear on a blog.

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