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This salad dressing uses applesauce to emulsify the ingredients and produce a surprisingly thick vinaigrette that is virtually fat-free! Feel free to play with some of the seasonings if you’d like a bit less sweetness. This oil-free dressing goes great with richer fare, since its acidity and tang will cut through the heavier components. For instance, try it on a salad topped with avocado and nuts, or on a salad alongside a nut-based veggie burger or pasta sauce.

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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon mild miso
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¾−1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¼ rounded teaspoon sea salt (or more)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place the applesauce, miso, cumin, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, and salt and pepper in an immersion blender with a deep cup, and blend until very smooth. If using a regular blender, you may need to double the batch for enough blending volume.
  2. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add another teaspoon or so of maple syrup if you would like the vinaigrette to be sweeter. If you’d like a thinner dressing, simply add a couple teaspoons of water and blend again.

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Dreena Burton has written five cookbooks charting her journey as a plant-powered cook and at-home mother of three. Always passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” (beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) to create dishes that are healthy but also very satisfying and delicious! For more on her plant-powered recipes and newest cookbook, Plant-Powered Families, visit PlantPoweredKitchen.com.

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