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EVERYDAY VEGAN CAESAR DRESSING by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


we’re back again this week with a favorite dressing that i’ve been wanting to share here for a long while. i’ve been making different variations of vegan caesar dressings for years now. it first began in my book when i discovered that when you mixed chickpea flour with water over a low flame you could achieve a gooey/creamy cheese-like texture that when blended with a few other ingredients could come very close to the flavor of a traditional caesar salad dressing. a few years later, i developed another iteration of a caesar dressing, but this time with a coconut yogurt and tahini base. over the past couple of years though, plant-based yogurt has come a long way, and the flavors and textures that were once harder to achieve have become much easier. so here is yet another variation using a newer-to-me almond milk yogurt that i love.

this recipe uses a plant-based yogurt i rely on for many creamy sauces. it’s a greek-style almond milk yogurt that (because of its thick texture) holds up much like that of a traditional greek yogurt. from there, we simply add a few pantry staples to get that rich and tangy, caesar dressing flavor we all know and love. we replace the parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast giving it that distinct cheesy vibe. and add a splash of coconut aminos (or tamari) for a little hit of umami flavor that otherwise would have been provided by anchovies. there’s some dijon, garlic, and lemon juice, and a few other ingredients that result in the best vegan caesar dressing i’ve had (and made) to date!

while you can totally use this as a traditional caesar dressing, i’ve come to love using it as a dip as well. and because it lasts in your fridge for well over a week, it’s perfect as part of your meal prep rotation (and not just for caesar salads!). it’s a great for a snack with some cut veg, drizzled over roasted asparagus, mixed into a chicken, chickpea or egg salad. tossed into a lentil bowl. drizzled over a lunch or dinner bowl. or even a dip for homemade baked fries (last night we used it to drizzle over our veggie kabobs and it was everything!). like i’ve noted before, i love an all-purpose dressing/dip, and this one for sure hits the mark. i hope you get the chance to make it!

happy sunday, loves. xo!



everyday vegan caesar dressing

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method

  1. in a food processor fitted with a metal “s” blade, combine the yogurt, nutritional yeast, vinegar, lemon juice, dijon, capers, garlic, coconut aminos, and season with salt and pepper. pulse; with the machine running, drizzle in the olive oil until everything is combined and dressing is smooth and creamy.

  2. remove the lid, taste. adjust any seasonings if necessary.

  3. store dressing in a lidded jar in your refrigerator for up to 10 days.

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cultured plant-based yogurt (preferably this one)

  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

  • 2 teaspoons drained capers

  • 1 clove garlic, grated over a microplane

  • splash of coconut aminos, or gluten-free tamari

  • fine salt & freshly ground pepper

  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil


GARLIC-TURMERIC SAUCE by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


happy sunday! i hope you’re having a good weekend so far. it’s chilly, cloudy, and a little misty here in LA on this first june weekend, which is kind of a bummer. i’m also heading into my 30th week of pregnancy which is taking its toll on my physical mobility at the moment. everything is way slower, and my lower back is way more sore. i’m beyond grateful that this little babe is so active, but i’m also trying to stay chill at the thought that he may grow up to be just like his very active big brother. time will obviously tell, but the idea of another little guy making his way into our home very soon is so very thrilling while simultaneously causing me to have pangs of anxiety. so some warm and brightness by way of this turmeric-y sauce is just what this up coming week needs!

this garlicky turmeric sauce is a constant in our house. i’ve been making it for years, and have found so many uses for it. smothered over roasted potatoes, drizzled over a lunch or dinner bowl, surrounded by a bed of vegetables for a wholesome dip/snack situation, or served over your protein of choice (i love how it pairs with grilled fish personally). the base of this sauce is plant-based yogurt (although you could definitely use a greek yogurt if that’s your preference), a bit of tahini paste, and some vinegar. these 3 ingredients are the cornerstone of a lot of sauces i make, bringing substance, flavor, creaminess, and a tangy punch. from there it’s easy to layer in whatever flavors you’re looking to incorporate. in this case we add fresh turmeric root, and fresh garlic for a super bright but earthy sauce. plus, its vibrant color will perk any meal up, and impress any dinner guest.

i hope you love this one 💛



garlic-turmeric sauce

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method

  1. in a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the yogurt, tahini, vinegar, turmeric, garlic, and maple syrup. season with salt and pepper. taste and adjust if necessary.

  2. store sauce in a lidded jar or container in your refrigerator for up to 1 week.

ingredients

| makes just over 1/2 cup |

  • 1/2 cup plant-based unsweetened yogurt (i prefer using this one)

  • 2 teaspoons tahini

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated turmeric root (or 1/2-1 teaspoon ground turmeric)

  • 1 garlic clove grated over a microplane

  • splash of maple syrup

  • fine salt & freshly ground pepper


PEPITA POBLANO ROMESCO SAUCE by Lindsey | Dolly and Oatmeal


hi friends, i’m trying something new out here. you may notice that this post went live on sunday, which i never do! so here’s the “something new”:

last year i asked a favor of you readers to fill out a survey answering some questions about where you’d like dolly and oatmeal to go. to my surprise, a lot of you said that you love it just the way it is, which was so lovely to hear! but i did hear quite a bit of interest in how i feed myself, and my family. the truth is, i’m still in the muck of it. amesy still doesn’t really eat what frank and i do for dinner, so most nights i’m left making 2 completely different dinners. as such, i’ve taken up meal prep once again. i usually spend amesy’s nap-time on sundays to slow cook chicken breasts for the week, make some of amesy’s lunch and dinner components, and most importantly, i prep a few sauces for the week. sometimes it’s a sauce and a dressing, sometimes a dip, and when the stars align the sauce/dressing/dip all have the ability to serve as each one! the point i’m trying to make here is that without these small, saucy components, dinners can suffer. the truth is, life is just easier when you can grab a reliable sauce from the fridge to take your meal/salad/ side to the next level.

which is all to say, that i’m going to be here every sunday providing you some of the sauces/marinades/dips/vinaigrettes that continue to give life to our meals throughout the week, in hopes they give life to yours as well. and without spending the entire weekend food prepping. yay!!

the first one up is this delicious green romesco sauce. if you’re familiar with romesco sauce then you probably know that it’s generally made with red bell peppers and is therefore red, not green, like this version. in this recipe, we swap out the red peppers for poblano peppers, and the walnuts for pumpkin seeds. when it comes together it’s a light but luscious sauce that can used for such a variety of preparations:

  • served over top to your protein of choice (i used it here to top roasted salmon).

  • as a creamy/sauce-y component in a lunch/dinner bowl

  • thinned out with some olive oil for a creamy salad dressing

  • served as a dip with sliced veggies, crackers, etc.

  • or smothered over roasted fingerling potatoes for a twist on a classic potato salad

i hope you all enjoy this series as much as i’m loving creating it! it is my sincere hope these “sauce-y sunday” posts will assist you in making meals less daunting. if you have any thoughts/ideas/comments please leave them below or shoot me an email ❤️



pepita poblano romesco sauce | v

method

  1. roast the pepper over a gas flame set to medium-low, rotating it with tongs until charred evenly - about 15 minutes (if you don't have a gas stove, you can broil it in your oven). place pepper in a bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap (this creates steam to help peel the skin).  once cool enough, cut the pepper and discard the stem and seeds, carefully peel the skin and discard. run the peppers under water to remove any excess char, and pat them dry.

  2. blend in a food processor with the parsley, pepitas, garlic, vinegar, and ¼ cup oil.   if the romesco is too thick and pasty, add the remaining olive oil. season to taste with salt and pepper. place in a lidded jar in the refrigerator until ready to use (i like to make it a couple days in advance to let the flavors come together.)

ingredients

makes 1 1/2 cups |

  • 2 poblano peppers

  • 1/2 cup parsley 

  • 1/4 cup toasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

  • 1 large garlic clove

  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4-1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • salt & fresh ground pepper