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.
- 6 ounces lite firm silken tofu (1/2 pkg. of Mori-Nu)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 2 green onions, white parts removed, chopped
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, packed
- 1 large clove garlic
- Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. (The Magic Bullet worked well for this.)
Here’s a nutritional comparison of my dressing to the original:
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