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Update: Dreena's Hummus Salad Dressing (and recipe)!

Posted Sep 23 2011 8:47am
I have an update on the salad dressing - that is, I finally found and tried the Trader Joe's version, and have a report (and a recipe)!

But first, I want to thank those of you that commented on my Speedy Momzales pos t.  I was uneasy about that post.  But, after reading some comments and e-mails and hearing that it resonated with some of you, I'm really glad I wrote it.  So, thank you for sharing your feedback and I if you're a mom juggling everything and reading right now, I hope you feel appreciated and supported and can catch a break sometime for yourself! And, here's a hug from me (((  )))) for giving as you do.

Ok, onto food matters.  So, you remember from my hummus salad dressing post  that I hadn't tasted the dressing, but was feeling pretty cocky that mine would be better.  I'm not always so brazen, but, hey, I love me some hummus and I'm not usually impressed by storebought salad dressings.

On a recent jaunt to TJ's, I found their hummus salad dressing.  I was so excited, I scooped it off that shelf and blazed on through the store.  But, when I tried it on one of our dinner salads, I had the same issue I have with most prepared hummus - that citric acid taste.

I started making my own hummus because (1) it's far cheaper (2) it's lower in fat/less oily (most storebought hummus brands use a lot of oil and/or tahini and it's very heavy tasting (3) no weird citric acid flavor.  That stingy-sort of citric acid aftertaste is in most prepared varieties of hummus, and it stays with you after you eat it.  Once you start making your own hummus, it's hard to go back to storebought for that reason.  It's like two worlds of hummus-es!  And they shall never meet!

Yes, I feel strongly about hummus.  And, so, I'm sorry to say that when I tried the TJ's dressing, I couldn't get past that citric acid flavor in the dressing.  It just tasted like the hummus was thinned out with more water and oil, and so that stingy citric acid-ness seemed more noticeable.

With that, I cannot leave you without my own dressing recipe any longer.  And, many of you asked for it in the post and through e-mail.  So, from my forthcoming book "Let Them Eat Vegan!", here is my Hummus Salad Dressing recipe .

But, that doesn't mean I don't still love you Trader Joe's.  I'll still shop for nuts, whole-grain pasta, brown rice, frozen mangoes, and more.... "More" meaning another chance to get checked out by that hottie at the store last week.  "Checked out" meaning literally checking out my groceries (sadly).  There's always next shop.  ;)
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