Hollyhock Salad Dressing

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Looking at this picture makes me crave a salad – a big, beautiful salad tossed with Hollyhock Salad Dressing. It’s my new favorite! More on that in a minute.

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…

Hollyhock Salad Dressing
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Recipe type: Salad Dressing
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This recipe originates from the Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre, Cortes Island, BC. It can be found in their cookbook, Hollyhock Cooks.
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup cider vinegar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ⅓ cup tamari
  • 1-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1½ cup vegetable oil
Instructions
  1. Place cider vinegar, tamari, garlic and nutritional yeast in a blender and combine. With blender running, pour in oil to reach desired consistency.
  2. Lasts for 2 weeks if refrigerated.

 

22 Responses to Hollyhock Salad Dressing

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  2. Wonderful….thank you Mary for your quick answer. Why it displays as an S is beyond me! lol. Going to try this using Macadamia nut oil which is mild & light tasting. Thanks again! :^D

  3. Cam
    Can someone please tell me how much is an “S cup”? This is the measurement showing up on my phone. The first 3 ingredients are saying “S cup” not a real number! Thanks in advance as I would like to try this recipe right away!

    • Hi, Rachel – So sorry the recipe isn’t reading right on your phone! The measurement is 1/3 cup! 1/3 cup cider vinegar, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup tamari.
      - Mary

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  5. I used fresh lemon juice instead of the vinegar- delicious.

  6. This salad dressing is wonderful. I just had it on a big salad made of baby kale, swiss chard and spinach leaves. Normally, leaves that healthy would be bitter to eat too much of, but with the nutritional yeast dressing, I ate two large plates full.

  7. I have made this dressing several times, experiementing with some ingredients along the way. I’ve also tried grapeseed oil and sunflower oil. Both are good but my favorite by far is Olys from Carapelli. It’s an oil made from cereal and fruit. If you can find it I highly suggest using it in your next hollyhock batch. Delicious.

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  9. This sounds wonderful! Definitely going to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I have made this three times… and it is always a hit, though mom thought it was a little bitter, my friend Grace knew right away what the secret ingredient was, and my niece, a foodie, loved it. I have substituted olive oil and grapeseed oil, reducing the amount slightly so as not to overpower the flavor. Fabulous with both!

    • So glad you loved the recipe, Jeanne! I am now finding nutritional yeast everywhere, including the bulk section at Safeway. Not sure how I could have missed it all of these years…

  12. Elise Knight - 05/20/2012 at 10:00 pm

    Thanks Mary for taking some food and sharing the photo of the greenhouse. I do love growing food. My only complaint is not having the time during planting season to try out your wonderful recipes. Making mental notes however and love recieving them.
    Today your Dad showed me the new home for the John Deere with bark bedding underneath. Your folks are such great neighbors. Hope to see you next time. Elise

    • Elise, your garden was such an inspiration! We have spinach, lettuce and swiss chard growing in a tiny 4 x 8 raised bed area – but it will be a few weeks until we can harvest anything. Hope to see you soon!

  13. Looks yummy and will try it tomorrow night on some of our greens. Interesting it calls for vegetable oil?!? Might try substituting olive oil or do you think that has too much flavor? Grapeseed oil?

    • Jeanne – I have read that olive oil, especially, EVO is too strongly flavored. The original recipe suggests Safflower Oil, but they say any vegetable oil will work. Curious to hear how yours turns out with grape seed oil.

  14. Isn’t it fun when you find something like that? I had the best dressing I’ve ever had last night in a cooking class on risotto! Who would have ever thought? Now, an attempt at recreating it… ;-)

    • Figuring it out at home is definitely the challenge! When you get it figured out, let us know – we are always looking for new things to try here…

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