Thursday, January 17, 2008

When a Salad's Not Just a Salad

Before becoming vegan, I was that girl who, when dining out, would always order blue cheese dressing on her salads. Sure, they'd taunt me with interesting fruity vinaigrettes and other creamy variations but I always went back to the sure-bet goodness I've known and loved since childhood. When I became vegan I knew that it'd be time to give up my favorite,dreamy guilty pleasure and I'd finally be forced to get to know other dressings to wow my taste buds when enjoying a fresh bowl of this...or so I thought. But I'm here to tell you that you can still indulge! I, on a whim, after my brother (aka the blue cheese kid) had been going on and on and on about his culinary quest to come up with the most perfect homemade blue cheese dressing, thought....'hey! why can't I try a vegan version of that?!'. And girls and boys? I totally did with winning results!

Enter the fabulous Sheese, which until now? I didn't love. I actually thought it to be a total waste of money when I opted to try the Cheddar flavor from veganessentials.com. I'd since written off Sheese and hadn't thought about it again. But then I remembered they had a Blue Cheese variety and the reviews were all pointing to 'try this now!' so I splurged.
The resulting dressing I came up with is not even close to low fat. In fact, this is something you don't wanna eat all the time. But if you wanna kill a craving? I highly recommend you whip this stuff up and wow all the blue cheese lovers you know by turning your salads like above into this...I mean just look at all that creamy goodness!so, without further ado...

Just As I Remember It But Vegan! Blue Cheeze Dressing

(this will make a ton, so cut it in half if ya like. it's what I did)

8 oz. Sheese Blue Cheese
3/4 c. Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream

1 1/3 c. Vegannaise

1 tsp. vegan Worcestershire (i used a scant tsp. i didn't wanna overpower it or turn it brown)

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

splash of lemon juice

pinch of sugar
soy creamer (you won't need much)
black pepper to taste


crumble up your Sheese and add the rest of the ingredients except creamer. break out the stick blender or put all in a food processor and process til smooth and creamy, adding a splash or two of creamer til you get the consistency you want.


i'm still wanting to try out my little brother's version. His, when made vegan, will certainly be a muuuuuch lighter creation and a LOT less fattening. I know it involves soy creamer, the Sheese, lemon juice, a bit of sugar, basil, olive oil and water to thin it out. Seems simple enough. I'll get back to you on that one, for sure! enjoy!

14 comments:

Romina said...

I can't say that I've ever had Blue Cheese Dressing (even though I loved blue cheese), but this looks delicious!

Melody Polakow said...

Oh this looks and sounds so delicious!

Carolann said...

Finally someone comes up with blue cheese! :) Thanks a bunch! Great job!

VeggieGirl said...

I've never had blue cheese dressing either, but I"m glad to see that you've found the perfect vegan version for your salads!! :0)

Johanna3 said...

i never had taste Blue Cheese Dressing or the cheese, this look ans sound delicious!

i love your past post, that beach looks beautiful

madness rivera said...

I just gained a pound reading the recipe, but some things are worth it. It's looks like this is. Thanks for sharing it!

the pleasantly plump vegan said...

oh my god! this looks so amazingly awesome. i am totally o salad dressing kick right now too.

Candice said...

my dressing that was hard to give up was ranch, i would put it in mashed potatoes, my salad, sandwiches. mmm. got to try the blue cheese dressing though, thanks for the recipe!

Megan the Vegan said...

I absolutely LOVE the blue cheeze from Sheeze. It's far far better than any other mock cheese I've had. I can only imagine how great it is in this dressing.

Liz said...

That looks so good! I love making blue cheese dressing with 1/2 veganaise and 1/2 plain soy yogurt (and the sheese, of course). I think it tastes just as good. Your salad makes me want to order more sheese!

DaveinSD said...

If you haven't tried thr Nasoya Tangy Blue Cheese Dressing, it's delish and organic too!!!

http://www.nasoya.com/nasoya/dressing_tangyblue.html

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

This looks incredible! My boyfriend had the HARDEST time giving up blue cheese--on salads, for faux chicken wings, everything! Poor guy.

I haven't tried Sheese yet, but I think I will be now! :) You're brilliant!

Also, I love your blog! It is just great. I have never commented before, but I have been lurking... In a non-creepy way, of course.

trina said...

yum. I love blue cheese dressing.

Rachael said...

oh man, that looks good....I used to always get blue cheese dressing. i wish we could easily get chreeze here but maybe one day I'll place an online order...