But first, the garden… these gorgeous greens belong to our wonderful Winthrop neighbor, Elise Knight. Normally you can find Elise at the Methow Valley Farmers Market on Saturdays, but this weekend she was out of town and asked us to help ourselves to some of the spinach and lettuce in the greenhouse. Where to start? There were so many varieties to choose from – all of them healthy, luscious and organic.
Thanks, Elise! What a treat. We helped ourselves to some spinach, swiss chard and an assortment of lettuce. We cooked the spinach down and made a Spinach Egg Casserole Saturday night and then took a basket of beautiful greens to our friends, Jackie & Uri’s house for Mother’s Day brunch. J & U went all out with a delicious meal of steelhead, black quinoa, and a green salad tossed with an incredible salad dressing Jackie made from scratch. It was so good I just had to get the recipe.
Turns out it’s a yeast dressing from the Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre on Cortes Island in British Columbia – hence the name, Hollyhock Salad Dressing. (It’s actually called Hollyhock Yeast Salad Dressing, but Jackie thinks the word yeast is kind of, you know…icky, so we decided to go with an abbreviated version.)
How can I describe this dressing… hmmm, let’s see… maybe just the best dressing ever. It tastes a lot like one of my favorite bottled dressings – Goddess (Trader Joes brand, Annie’s Naturals) but it’s got more zip and fewer ingredients. I am sure it’s better for you, too. I must admit, I never thought a nutritional yeast salad dressing would be my thing, but Hollyhock has changed my mind.
This is the kind of dressing I want in my fridge at all times.
The ingredients are very simple. The only unusual item is nutritional yeast, which is available at Whole Foods, PCC, and any health food store. Some stores carry it in the bulk food section. If you don’t know where to find nutritional yeast, you can order it here.
If you’d like to see more recipes from Hollyhock, check out their latest cookbook.
And, if you still want to learn more, watch this video from Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre to see how their chefs make Hollyhock Salad Dressing:
And, finally, here is the recipe…
- ⅓ cup cider vinegar
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅓ cup tamari
- 1-4 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1½ cup vegetable oil
- Place cider vinegar, tamari, garlic and nutritional yeast in a blender and combine. With blender running, pour in oil to reach desired consistency.
- Lasts for 2 weeks if refrigerated.