Susan’s Lite Goddess Dressing

by on January 23, 2007
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Light Goddess Dressing

A couple of weeks ago, someone in the Fatfree Vegan YahooGroup asked if anyone had a lower-fat alternative to Annie’s Goddess Dressing. Over the years I’ve heard a lot about this dressing, but I’d never tasted it. Since it comes so highly recommended, I decided to buy a bottle, test it out, and try to make my own recipe.

When I looked at the bottle in the grocery store, I realized why I’d never bought it before: at 130 calories and 13 grams of fat per serving, it gets 90% of its calories from fat (from canola oil and tahini). But I bought it, took it home to try it, and immediately decided I was better off never having tasted it! It’s so delicious, it’s almost addictive: thick with a deep, almost smoky sesame taste. I knew immediately that it was going to be hard to come anywhere near its flavor without using lots of tahini.

But I gave it a shot, and while my Goddess dressing doesn’t taste exactly like Annie’s, it does maintain some of the sesame taste while managing to be significantly lighter. Instead of using a base of canola oil, I opted instead for lite silken tofu. I used pretty much the same seasonings as Annie’s, but I cut the tahini down to one tablespoon and used 1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil to enhance the sesame flavor. When it’s all blended together, this whips up into a very thick dressing, but in a “fluffy” rather than heavy way. And in terms of calories, you can have almost 7 times as much of my dressing for the same amount of calories in 2 tablespoons of Annie’s. How many of us really use only 2 tablespoons of dressing, anyway?

In fact, my recipe is so light that I almost wish I had used more tahini in it. I wanted to keep it very low in fat, but if you’d like a more pronounced sesame flavor, feel free to add more tahini. Just remember, for every tablespoon of tahini that you add, you increase the fat content of one serving by about 1 gram.

Susan's Goddess Dressing

Here’s a nutritional comparison of my dressing to the original:



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1 SusanV July 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

Here are the comments from before the blog was moved to Wordpress:

Anonymous Anonymous said…

that sounds celestial, susan.

i succumbed. i’m turning strict vegan again. it’s all your fault.

shaista

10:15 AM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I too have heard so much about this so-called goddess dressing also (all raves of course). Like you I have not yet tried it, and I think that I’m going to leave it that way and whip up your lighter version instead. Thanks for doing the tasting and adapting work for those of us who want a lighter version! I’m glad that it worked out for you.

-Teresa

10:22 AM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

You are the BOMB!
Thank you for you time & effort on this- can’t wait to make it.

10:27 AM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

What an *amazing* photo (the top one).

Thanks for dissecting the dressing! :)

10:56 AM, January 23, 2007
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* kickpleat said…

Oooh, I love that you made a low fat version! I’ll have to try it because it’s my favorite dressing that I too have managed to duplicate here: http://everybodylikessandwiches.blogspot.com/2006/01/successful-experiment.html Sadly, mine isn’t low fat, but it sure is tasty! I’m definitely giving yours a try. Thanks!

11:17 AM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I’ve never tried Annie’s version, and with that nutritional info, I won’t! Yours, however, will definitely make it into my tummy.

11:35 AM, January 23, 2007
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* Alanna said…

Excellent! What a make-over!

And the photos are drool worthy …

11:36 AM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Thank you so much! I feel terrible every time I use Annie’s Goddess Dressing, but I can’t seem to give it up. Hopefully this will help me kick the habit.

11:55 AM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous Courtney said…

Susan

Your photos and graphics are very impressive today! I especially like your nutrition lables at the end of the post–very official!!! The placemat in the photo is beautiful as well.

I have never had Annie’s dressing before, but yours sounds (and looks) great!

Thanks
Courtney

12:43 PM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

What fantastic photography! You are not only a Vegan Goddess, you are a Photography Goddess! Brava.

12:57 PM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Wow that photo is outstanding, with the little drop of dressing sitting on the spout of the jug! You should definately enter it in that competition you mentioned a few posts back!
And way to go on (nearly) replicating such a popular but unhealthy product!

3:18 PM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

looks awesome! how long do you think this will keep in the refridgerator after I make it?

-Meghan

4:29 PM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I’ve heard so many great things about the Annie’s Goddess dressing but I haven’t tried it yet. I’m looking forward to trying your version.

5:55 PM, January 23, 2007
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* SusanV said…

Thanks, everyone!

Shaista, welcome back! I’m happy to take the blame. LOL

Teresa, I hope you like it. I do not recommend buying the real thing first, though, unless you’re prepared to be hooked.

Good-Dees, you’re welcome!

Thanks, Mikaela. Ironically, I almost didn’t use that photo because I thought the exposure wasn’t right. I’m glad you liked it.

Kickpleat, I just looked at your dressing, and it looks terrific! It’s funny–I actually have xanthan gum, but I didn’t think to use it.

Judy, the original really is mostly fat. I hope you enjoy this lighter version.

Thanks, Alanna. I love to see you drool! :-)

Anonymous, if this doesn’t do the trick, try it with more tahini–you can always gradually wean yourself off of it by making it with less and less each time.

Courtney, thanks a bunch!

Wow, Karina, thanks! That means a lot coming from a Goddess like you.

Hey Freedom, I’ll try to remember that for next months contest.

Meghan, I think it should be fine, if you keep it covered, for about a week. It gets very thick, so shake it or stir it before use.

Hi Crystal–hope you enjoy it!

9:33 PM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I just bought Annie’s Goddess the other day because it was one of the few vegan dressings my market carries. I must be in the minority because I didn’t care for it much…too heavy maybe. I’m definitely looking forward to trying your version instead!

10:25 PM, January 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Thank you SO much for this! I love goddess but always feel so guilty about the fat… can’t wait to try your version!

12:36 AM, January 24, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Easily some of your best photos. Nice work.

8:05 AM, January 24, 2007
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Anonymous said…

YUM YUM YUM. Thanks Susan!

10:10 AM, January 24, 2007
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* Vanessa said…

Now you’re a Goddess!

10:47 AM, January 24, 2007
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Anonymous said…

You are a miracle worker, Susan! Lol! My sister is in love with this dressing and she is going to go wild when I show her the nutritional comparison you so cleverly included here!

Beautiful, beautiful photos, as always. I cannot wait to try this dressing!!

6:48 PM, January 24, 2007
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* tamara said…

i’ve walked by annie’s dressing so many times and been so tempted to buy it, but each time i recheck the back and can’t bring myself to do it with all that fat. i just think of dr. fuhrman in eat to live where he says something like, “with all that fat, you might as well just drink the dressing and forget about the benefits of the greens”

so i’m glad you made this version. i think the doc would be proud.

8:47 PM, January 24, 2007
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Anonymous said…

YAY! Goddess Dressing is my absolute favorite, but I hardly ever buy it for two reasons: 1- It’s fatty, and 2- It’s expensive.

Luckily, I have most of the ingredients already to make yours, so it will be healthier and cheaper.

I can’t wait to try it!

2:31 PM, January 25, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Can it be true? I hope so. I’m a Goddess addict . . . just had some with lunch.

Thank you!

– Ali

2:33 PM, January 25, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Oh I’d give anything for a salad right now! Anything fresh and crunchy would really hit the spot…
I definitely want to try your dressing. I’d probably up the tahini a bit, just because you need some fat to better digest the nutrients in veggies and greens, and because I plain love tahini! Thanks for inventing this!

2:42 PM, January 25, 2007
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Anonymous said…

What can I say except “I want to be you” ?
You constatly amaze me and maybe I’d like to amaze myself once in a while LOL

I love tahini and of course, with all the salads I have to eat, your dressing is a must in my life.

Thank you !

2:46 PM, January 25, 2007
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Anonymous Arielle said…

I love you.

I’m addicted to Annie’s Goddess. Now I don’t have to feel bad about it!

Tip – I eat it on steamed broccoli. I learned that from a three year old who would ONLY eat broccoli with Annie’s dressing on it.

4:52 PM, January 25, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I love Annie’s Goddess dressing, but NEVER buy it because of that horrendous fat content! I would love to try your recipe–perhaps I’ll increase the tahini since you said it could stand for a little more. Thanks!

7:48 PM, January 25, 2007
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* funwithyourfood said…

haha you are amazing susan. You go out and buy something and just make it. I’m so impressed

teddy

10:30 PM, January 25, 2007
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Anonymous Melissa said…

Susan, you’re amazing!

How did you figure out the calorie count of your dressing? Did you do all the math yourself, or did you use some type of computer program?

I want to start tracking my calories/nutrition goals on fitday.com, but I find it frustrating that I can’t enter in recipes and get the nutrition info.

Arielle – thanks for the tip!

1:43 AM, January 26, 2007
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* SusanV said…

Wow, I never expected such a response to salad dressing! That Annie’s really is popular!

Let me repeat, though, that if you want it to really taste like Annie’s Goddess dressing, you’ll need to add more tahini. Mine is much more “green” than Annie’s is–the sesame taste is more of a hint than an overwhelming flavor. Fortunately, the tofu provides such a low-calorie base that you can add several tablespoons of tahini and still not come near the amount of fat and calories in “the real thing.”

Melissa, I use a program called MasterCook to figure out the nutrition. You have to carefully enter all ingredients, being careful to specify things like dry or canned beans, otherwise the data is wrong. You also have to enter manually info for unfamiliar things, like nutritional yeast. But if you’re careful, the nutritional analysis is very accurate. It’s available here at Amazon.

8:09 AM, January 26, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Your photos are fantastic! I hope to try our your dressing very soon! I have heard so much about Annie’s Goddess Dressing, but have never bought it after reading the nutrition label. Now, thanks to you I will be able to try it guilt free!!!

12:04 PM, January 26, 2007
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Anonymous Addy N. said…

Susan: I just have to tell you how much I am enjoying (& using) your blog! I’ve been a vegetarian for over 15 years and have leaned toward veganism off and on over the last few years. I usually eat vegan at home. I’ve been making some of your recipes over the last few weeks and they are wonderful! This dressing is so good- I didn’t have parsley on hand, so I left it out, but what a delicious dressing! I also made your roasted butternut-cauliflower soup the other day (also wonderful). I started Weight Watchers last week and I’ve been turning to your blog for low-fat ideas, since I tend to cook with plenty of oil. Thanks again- I really enjoy your recipes, photos, and posts. Keep up the great work!

1:43 PM, January 26, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Oh god, Susan! Thank you for this! My husband has been on a “healthy eating” kick, which means big salads drowning in Goddess dressing. I can’t wait to give this a try!

5:31 PM, January 26, 2007
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* Johanna3 said…

I’ve never tried Annie’s version, but your definetly looks very good!

8:11 AM, January 29, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I’ve been lurking and trying your wonderful recipes for several months now. I’m a lapsed vegan, but I’m heading back in that direction again and following Dr Fuhrman’s program for cholesterol reduction. I’ve never tried the Annie’s dressing, but your Goddess dressing is sooo good – I wanted to drink it! At your suggestion, I doubled the tahini. I think next time I’ll replace the parsley with cilantro. Maybe it won’t taste like Annie’s, but I think it’ll be good.

Thanks for all your amazing, healthy recipes.

9:59 AM, January 29, 2007
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Anonymous said…

just discovered your blog & this was the first recipe i tried. fabulous! btw – i didn’t have parsley, so i subbed basil. yum! i have no idea what annie’s tastes like … and i don’t care! i’m sticking with you! :-)

10:32 PM, January 29, 2007
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Anonymous said…

You ROCK, Susan! Thanks for this terrific recipe that got me excited about salads again. As so many others have stated, Annie’s is just the most tempting/bestest dressing out there, but, MAN!!! The calories are out of control. Having basically given up on it, I also abandoned salads for the most part. I made your dressing today and am totally excited and back in business. Great stuff! – kt

2:11 PM, January 31, 2007
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* Amanda said…

I made this dressing last night and OHMIGOD, definitely my new favorite dressing! I went with one heaping tablespoon of tahini and it was plenty. Thank you so much!
Amanda

8:10 AM, February 05, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I made this dressing for two parties this weekend – It’s like crack!! It is SO good (as the Yoplait commercials used to say).

I love your recipes, Susan! :)

5:12 PM, February 06, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Susan,

I discovered the Annie’s dressing in the last year… And was immediately addicted. Despite the obscene calorie and fat content. I AM SO THRILLED with your version I can’t tell you! And it includes more protein and calcium…things I need more of. THANK YOU

8:43 PM, February 07, 2007
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* sarchan said…

I msde this last night and it was delicious. I’ll definitely be making this on a regular basis. Thanks!

11:48 AM, February 11, 2007
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* Elizabeth said…

I just made this – wowie! I had no parsely on hand, so I used dill instead, it was very tasty. I love Annie’s, but always found it a little too heavy in terms of taste (not to mention on the waist). I really like this version and did not choose to use extra tahini. Excellent!

1:11 PM, February 12, 2007
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Anonymous said…

If you haven’t tried Joyva toasted sesame tahini, you must! It has a nuttier flavor than the bulk tahini my co-op sells.

9:11 PM, February 12, 2007
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Anonymous said…

Hi Susan,

Meant to post earlier…but this has become my favorite dressing recipe. Thanks so much for working out the ingredients. I love it. Janell

8:11 PM, March 12, 2007
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* Grandma said…

I have bookmarked this page and make this dressing for all my lunch salads. I add two tablespoons of tahini and it is delicious! Thank you so much.

11:24 PM, April 10, 2007
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* danucal said…

This is extremely late, but I just found this recipe through a link. Not only is is a beautiful sauce, it’s fresh, light, and creamy without being cloying or gunky. It’s so perfect! Thanks so much, this is a dressing even my non-vegetarian mother loves!!

8:59 PM, June 07, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I am not sure if my comment went through, I make this dressing today and it is really good. How do you caculate the nutrition facts and have a label like that? what type of the software do you use? Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I am newly join ETL member and this is the first dressing I make. Wow!!

4:01 PM, June 22, 2007
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Anonymous said…

i never tried annie’s green goddess, and now that i’ve tried your version of it i will never have to. this is absolutely delicious and will inspire me to eat salads more often! thanks so much for all of the great recipes.

5:40 PM, July 23, 2007
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Anonymous said…

I haven’t tried making this recipe, but thought I’d share my favorite Goddess dressing meal, which might go well with this dressing too (plus since it’s a whole meal, with no other fat or salt to speak of, you don’t have to feel so guilty if you use the real thing). Fill a big plate with 4 piles: short-grain brown rice, brown lentils (lots, for protein!), steamed sweet potato rounds with their skin, and kale cooked in just as much water as it will absorb. You don’t need to use salt, oil, etc. in cooking any of the items, just season the whole plate with goddess dressing as needed :) It’s full of protein & vitamins and will keep you full forever, plus you can make a ton of each item & have leftovers for several meals.

2:24 PM, December 07, 2007
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Anonymous dorene said…

Just made this dressing but I added 1 more tablespoon of tahini and soy sauce and 1 extra garlic clove. I will cut back the green onion to 1 piece next time. Thanks for the recipe, this is my favorite dressing and I was going to try to figure out how to make it on my own before I saw the recipe on this site. It tastes so yummy!!! I think the extra soy sauce and tahini help it taste more like the original. I added the extra garlic just because everything taste better to me with more garlic. Thanks for the great recipe, I will never need to buy the full fat version again. I was also wondering how long you think it will keep in the fridge?

6:23 PM, December 17, 2007
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* mustardseed said…

What does the real thing taste like? Cause I just made your light version and it turned out a little strong on the acid and saltI think, or maybe that’s because I was expecting a smooth creamy sesame type dressing.

I actually put in about 2 1/2 T of tahini instead of just 1.

2:15 AM, March 11, 2008
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* mustardseed said…

Okay I now know that of course it tasted very strong, cause I tasted it before putting it in my salad. But once it was in my pasta salad it was really good!!

Thanks alot! I still find the taste storng, but I like it!

10:39 AM, March 11, 2008
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Anonymous moonwatcher said…

I am a big fan of Annie’s goddess dressing, and just figured I was giving it up. This is a great light version that’s very tasty. And it will do nicely on kale slaw, a big favorite when the garden is in high season, so I won’t have to go without something creamy on it. . .fun nutrition graphics, too. Thanks again, Susan!! You are a wizard of a cook!

11:13 PM, March 28, 2008
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Anonymous said…

We love Annie’s so much, we’ve bought it by the case in the past. I made “Susan is a Goddess Dressing” (my new name for this recipe) this morning and it was ~~so~~ delicious! Far better than the fatty version. It passes the spoon test, too; I ate some straight out of the container after my salad was finished. :o) Thank you, Susan!
~Jain

9:47 AM, May 17, 2008
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* Virgo Girl said…

Thank you for the recipe! I just tried it out wrote about it. Perfect.

6:55 PM, May 21, 2008
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Anonymous said…

I’m really bummed about saying this since I had such high expectations, but this dressing turned out awful. It just tasted like garlic/onion-flavored tofu that had been liquefied to an extent. I’m not sure what I did wrong… :( Then again, I live in Eastern Europe where tofu is hard to come by, and there is only one brand of silken tofu (no Mori-Nu) so maybe the tofu is the problem. I guess I’ll have to try again when I move to the states for college…

4:44 AM, June 14, 2008
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* Lisa said…

I’m so thrilled that you created this recipe! I’ve always lamented the fat content of “Annie’s Goddess Dressing”, however, once addicted, you find ways to rationalize it!! Ahhh—feels soooo much better eating the 1 g.of fat version!! Thank you a million times over! I ended up adding a splash of Braggs Amino Acid to the recipe, which gave it a little more flavor without adding more tahini……try it!! YUMM-OH!!!

7:20 AM, July 22, 2008
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Anonymous sylvia said…

This dressing recipe looks fabulous!

Is there a way to make it thicker (more like a dip) without losing all the flavor?

Sylvia

3:00 PM, August 12, 2008
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* SusanV said…

Sylvia, try using less water. It may be hard to blend, but it should be thicker. Or depending on what you want to dip in it, you may find that it’s thick enough.

3:31 PM, August 12, 2008
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* I Am Gluten Free said…

This is excellent! I just made it for dinner and it will be a staple in our kitchen. I added twice as much parsley – otherwise I kept the recipe intact. Thanks Susan! Great job! I’ll be blogging about it tomorrow at my gluten free blog…….which reminds me…..I used wheat-free tamari for the soy sauce amd extra-firm Mori-Nu tofu (that’s all I could find at the market).

7:42 PM, August 20, 2008
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* amanda said…

I’ve been attempting to cut fat content in my life but it’s hard when my favorite thing on veggies is Goddess Dressing! So today, I decided to Google low-fat Goddess dressing and look who popped up first!
Thank you SO much. I know it might not be exactly the same, but even if it gets me close, it’s SO much better for my waistline and my happiness.
Thank you again for taking the time to figure this out for the hordes of Goddess dressing lovers!

6:25 PM, September 23, 2008
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* jen.smith said…

Hi Susan! How long will this dressing safely keep in the fridge?
Thanks,
Jen

7:28 AM, October 03, 2008
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* SusanV said…

Jen, I’m guessing about a week, though it could be more like 5 days. I like it best when it’s fresh and don’t use it after a week.

7:34 AM, October 03, 2008
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* Anita said…

Susan, you rock my world! I was just eaing a roll with some Goddess dressing (Trader Joe brand) and thinking that I should find a recipe for this cause it’ll be cheaper and I’m so addicted to this stuff and now I have a recipe that’s lower in fat, too (even if I double the sesame oil and triple the tahini)! You have made my night – thanks so much!

11:47 PM, November 11, 2008
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* Laina said…

I made this dressing last night and couldn’t wait to have salad today so that I could eat it. It was absolutely delicious.

I had to change a couple of things. My tahini was out of date so I used almond butter instead.

Also, I thought I had sesame oil, but didn’t. It tasted great without it though. I added no salt; for me it didn’t need it. In fact I’ll probably lower the soy to 1 teaspoon next time.

Thank you, Susan for another delicious recipe!

Laina from E2L. :-)

10:12 PM, May 27, 2009
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Anonymous said…

This is the first recipe involving tofu that I actually like. I would even go so far as to say I love it. It’s my new favorite and reminds me of the days I could eat a salad drenched in regular dressing! The only thing I changed was upping the garlic.

5:54 PM, June 07, 2009
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* Elizabeth said…

HOLY LORD I haven’t tried it yet but I am SO excited, because Annie’s Goddess is my absolute favorite dressing and between the price and the calories/fat, I just can’t myself have it. Now, thanks to you, I can do something similar. :D

8:05 PM, July 28, 2009

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2 amy September 1, 2009 at 4:34 pm

This dressing is soooo good. It's the only salad dressing I eat!!

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3 aliah September 10, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Hey I just wanted to know how long is the dressing good for
thanks

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4 SusanV September 10, 2009 at 6:03 pm

It's probably technically okay to eat it for up to a week, but I find that the color becomes less appetizing after a few days.

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5 Anonymous January 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Susan does it again! This is a darn good dressing. At first I thought it was too vinegary, but it grew on me. I used Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar; I don't know how that compares in strength to other vinegars, but if you aren't a fan you may want to cut the vinegar a little. It doesn't taste dairy free, but it is! Amazing!

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6 Lorelei March 17, 2010 at 11:02 pm

i make this with yogurt (i really, really can't stand the taste of tofu for almost anything in the world, except your tofu and butternut squash in peanut mole recipe) and it's totally, totally fantastic. i had never had Annie's Goddess Dressing before, i just made this because i love sesame oil so much!! well, finally, over Christmas I had the real Annie's Goddess Dressing. and it was so gross, IMO. your version of this dressing (well, without tofu, i don't know how it tastes with tofu) is my favourite salad dressing ever along with balsamic. the Annie's version just can't beat it for me. :)

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7 Back2Basics July 21, 2010 at 11:46 am

I have been salivating over all the recipes since the very first time I stumbled on this site. This is my first foray into a fatfreevegan recipe attempt and this dressing is TO DIE FOR. Thank you for freeing me from my Goddess addiction:)

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8 k-rad August 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Thank you SO much. I just started Eat to Live after being a vegetarian who leaned towards veganism for years. I LOVE salad, but this last week has been hard. I was never a fan of a lot of dressing, but trying to use my own fat free dressings has made the salads I used to love boring (as has omitting dried fruit and using few nuts). I really think that this dressing will change that, so thanks!

I made a ‘caesar’ salad today using the white bean aioli recipe from Veganomicon. Not bad. Not serve-to-company, but maybe a nice change if you’re looking to switch it up a little (or find yourself out of tofu but with a can of beans)

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9 Meridith September 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Thank you, this dressing is so delicious! I skipped the sesame oil and still think it tasted awesome!

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10 Karen December 31, 2010 at 10:35 am

I am looking for a recipe for vegan ranch dressing. It is the one thing I miss since becoming vegan. The ones in the store taste horrible. I want something that tastes like Hidden Valley Ranch, but is vegan. Thanks.

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11 SusanV December 31, 2010 at 10:42 am

I used to use the Hidden Valley packaged powder with vegan mayo and soymilk, but I don’t think they make a vegan version anymore. I have a recipe that I think is similar to ranch, but it’s been so long since I’ve had ranch that I can’t promise you’ll think so: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2010/10/ridiculously-easy-vegan-buttermilk-salad-dressing.html

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12 cheapshot January 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Made this one tonight with the leftover silken tofu from the Creamy Eggplant Casserole (a vegan hit with my carnivorous husband) – didn’t have any parsley, subbed a bunch of chives in place of the other greens, used the recommended tahini. It’s completely scrumptious. I’m so excited to have salads for the rest of the week. Thanks Susan! You totally rock.

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13 Kristen January 24, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I just made this tonight, and while I’ve never had the original version by Annie’s, this one is fantastic! Yum!!

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14 Flibble13 February 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Looks great, can I request a printer version? Thanks :)

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15 SusanV February 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Sure! It’s done! Just refresh the page if you don’t see it.

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16 claudia February 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Hi Susan…I know you posted this ages ago but I just thought I’d let you know that I just made this and it one of the best dressings I’ve ever tried….absolutely fabulous! I normally hate low fat dressings and would just rather go without! I did add an extra tbsp of tahini…but other than that I left it the same. Thanks for a wonderful recipe I will use over and over again :-)

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17 Suzann February 28, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Hi Susan,

How long will a batch of this dressing keep? I’d like to make a batch and then use it for lunch salads throughout the week.

Thanks!

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18 SusanV February 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

It should last a week, maybe two, but will be better sooner rather than later. :-)

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19 Amber April 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

This was super good! I had it all over a big salad with Appetite for Reduction baked falafels. I loved that I could use so much dressing without a lot of fat and calories because I like A LOT of dressing.

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20 Con Conz May 17, 2011 at 6:34 am

This is without a doubt, the best salad dressing in the world. I actually went out and bought more salady bits just so i could eat more of this! This recipe is definately a permanent keeper. :)

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21 Jeanne July 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I just discovered your site this week when searching for a fat free recipe. What a find! Thanks for all the effort you have put into making this such an attractive site with your beautiful photography and the wide range of recipes. We have been on a plant based diet for one year, and are in our seventies….so you can teach an old dog new tricks. Recently we have read Dr. Esselstyn’s book on halting or reversing heart disease and he is a proponent of zero added fat. We’re trying, but it seems so limiting! It was so helpful today to find your entry on ways to eliminate oil in salad dressings, one of my biggest challenges. Thanks for your suggestions, and your research.

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22 Tijana September 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Hi Susan,

Thumbs up for this recipe!!!! It is DELICIOUS! I didn’t have any parsley so I swapped for lemon basil and it worked great. Please keep up the good work of converting high fat non vegan recipes, to low/no-fat vegan delights!

Best,
T.

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23 Nellie October 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

Hi there! We actually do carry a Lite Goddess dressing now, by popular request (50% less calories & fat). https://annies.alice.com/products/1278017

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24 Urban Vegan December 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

I just made this last nite and it is awesome. Tastes more full-fat than some full-fat dressings. I used cilantro bc I was out of parsley and that works nicely, too

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25 Fily December 31, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Love your blog and recipes. Thanks so much for all the yumminess! Question about the goddess dressing – how long does it keep? Thanks!

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26 Susan Voisin December 31, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I think it’s best to use it within a week, but I think it could probably be good for two.

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27 icchic January 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

BEST DRESSING EVER!

Thanks, Susan!

Sharon

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28 Lynda February 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I just made this and had it on a salad – it is delicious!!!!!!!
The only thing I would do differently the next time is double the recipe. I don’t want a 1/2 box of the tofu leftover and, more importantly, I’m going to use it all up very quickly!

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29 jojolindsay March 7, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I am a huge fan of the original goddess dressing, and this is unbelievably good!! Thank you so much. I just found your site, and I am in heaven!

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30 Tricia April 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I keep this in my fridge almost as a staple now, and since a few people were asking about how long it lasts here are my two cents. I would not keep this longer than 2 weeks in my fridge. After awhile the ingredients separate and the texture of the dressing changes so it isn’t as tasty. I think it is best when it is fresh from the Vitamix and I would recommend using it all within a week for the best flavor and texture. It is great as a chip/cracker/cucumber/carrot stick dip, or topping for a baked potato in addition to a salad dressing if that helps anyone use it up.

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31 Baltimore April 30, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hi there,

I love your blog and your recipes and I am grateful to you. Long time runner recently diagnosed with osteo arthirits, I am just trying to maintain my runner’s body with healthier eating habits without the crazy miles. I miss running. So much. But I digress. OK so my question to you what do you do with the other half of the tofu here? I saw in another recipe that you use half package of the silken tofu. I always struggle with these recipes where you open a package, can, etc. and you only use half or less or more but you have left over. Not sure how long it will last in the fridge or what you recommend to do with the remaining portion. THanks so much!! BTW I used to eat this dressing and love the smokey flavor you describe here. So true!! I will try this and D.’s favorite dressing.

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32 Marie May 27, 2012 at 9:32 am

I just tried making this (using 1 tablespoon of tahini), and while my version turned out okay, it doesn’t have that slightly sour/tangy flavor that the Annie’s and Trader Joe’s versions do. Any idea what I might add for that slightly sour/tangy taste?

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33 katt619 May 31, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Just made this and it was DELICIOUS! I’ve never had Annie’s, and I don’t care, this is my new dressing. Period.

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34 Karen June 13, 2012 at 7:25 am

How long does this batch keep? I have trouble being a singe person with tossing a lot of tofu because I use say 1 tbsp. This might be a good dressing to make (need a replacement for ranch!) but even eating a lot of salads, am I doomed to just tossing stuff a lot because I don’t use it fast enough!

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35 Susan Voisin June 13, 2012 at 7:44 am

It tastes best when used within a week, though it should be safe to use up to two weeks. One thing you can do is make a batch and freeze half. That works with other tofu-based dressings so should work with this. Also, for a more ranchy tasting dressing, try this: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2012/01/hidden-cashew-ranch-dressing-plus-tips-for-eating-salads-when-you-really-dont-want-to.html

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36 Kelly Koffman September 20, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Hi Susan! I love your site, and can’t wait to try this recipe as Annie’s Goddess Dressing is my all time favorite. I have a question for you: do you ever grind your own sesame seeds in place of tahini, or is it too much of a pain? I ask only because I’m convinced that my tahini keeps going rancid, regardless of the brand that I buy, and even though I keep it in the refrigerator. It may be that I’m imagining things, though :) Anyway, was wondering about making my own, and thought I’d ask if you’d ever done it for this, or other, recipes. Thanks!

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37 J R January 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm

A little confused…”green onions, white part removed, chopped”
Do you chop the white part and add or are they removed and you chop the free part? Thanks

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38 Susan Voisin January 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

You remove the white part and chop and use the rest.

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39 Crystal February 24, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Love this dressing! Thanks for the recipe! How long will this last in the fridge. I made it 6 days ago and I’ve noticed it has firmed up. Thanks!

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40 Jessica April 15, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Tried this recipe today, I was skeptical at first because I really hate tofu, but this was delicious! I added more parsley because I love it so much and omitted the salt, and it was just lovely. Thank you for the yummy recipe!

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41 angelica April 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm

could you make a nutritional fact without the tofu?

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42 Becky May 10, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Hi Susan-
I just made this dressing tonight, and wow! I actually like it better than the store bought version. It was a perfect fit for my creamy vegan dressing craving. Thanks again for all your recipes, I’ve tried many and loved them all, this is just the first time I have made a comment.

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43 Ainsley May 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Hey Susan,
As always I tried a new recipe from your site and LOVE it. Question: I accidentally used the white part of the onion (I need to stop and read first!), and it tastes awesome. Why remove it?

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44 Susan Voisin May 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Some people just don’t like the strong onion taste that the white provides, but I’m glad to hear that you liked it.

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45 Natasha February 4, 2014 at 4:40 pm

Just wondering if anyone has tried this recipe without sesame oil. I don’t have any at home, and don’t necessarily want to buy some just for this recipe. Thanks!

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46 ilovemusic March 26, 2014 at 12:06 am

Love the recipes…can’t wait to try…thanks for your time and energy…hope you feel better soon!

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47 * Pam May 26, 2014 at 4:47 am

7 years on this Lite Goddess dressing post, I see…and still going strong with new people grateful to find it! I love this dressing!! And my non-vegan hubby does, too! A real hit in our house.

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48 Carrie June 16, 2014 at 10:55 pm

This is a great dressing! Creamy but practically no fat. Might only use 1/2 a garlic clove next time, a little too much for me.. My new favorite salad dressing.

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49 Louise July 4, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I don’t care what the original tastes like, the light version is fabulous!!!!
Thank you so much for this recipe :)

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50 Janis August 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm

I was wondering maybe you could incorporate an avocado in there instead of the tahini? That will still allow it to have a reamy consistency. How much would that affect the nutritional facts?

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