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Cilantro Goddess Dressing

Cilantro Goddess Dressing 16.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post

Weeknight Vegetarian Jul 9, 2014

Here's a vegan take on green goddess, without the mayonnaise, that helps put a fistful of herbs to good use. These proportions also can be used with other herbs (parsley, mint, basil or a combination instead of cilantro), citrus, vinegars and oils.

Use on height-of-summer tomatoes or salad greens, or as a dip for crudites.

Make Ahead: The dressing can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


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Tested size: 16 servings; makes about 2 cups

  • 12 ounces silken tofu, drained
  • 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves
  • 1 cup lightly packed cilantro leaves and stems
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil (may substitute vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1 tablespoon peeled, chopped fresh ginger root
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste


Combine the silken tofu, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, oil, ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a blender or food processor; puree until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor bowl as needed. Taste, and add salt if needed.

Transfer to a container with a tight-fitting lid; use right away, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Source

Based on a recipe in "Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook," by Joe Yonan (Ten Speed Press, 2013).

Tested by Joe Yonan.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 45

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 4g 6%

Saturated Fat: 1g 5%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 75mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates: 1g 0%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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