Thursday, April 27, 2023

Homemade Russian Dressing -Vegan and Oil-Free

salad, tomatoes, cucumber, onion

One of my favorite salad dressings is Russian dressing. When I was young, my mom used to make her own by mixing mayonnaise and ketchup. It was that simple! I loved the look and the taste of that creamy colored pink dressing.

Russian dressing; vegan, oil-free

I still do, but I no longer eat mayonnaise that is made from eggs. I've been making my own homemade vegan tofu mayonnaise that I literally whip up in seconds in my NutriBullet.

tofu mayonaise

One day I realized that I could use my tofu mayonnaise to make Russian dressing just like my mom used to make. I tried it, and was pleased with the results. Now, despite eating plant-based, oil-free, diet, I can still enjoy Russian dressing on my salads.

ketchup and mayo in a bowl

tomato, onion, olives

Russian Dressing is Not Russian, but it does have a history.

The recipe originated in New Hampshire in the early 1920's and had nothing do with Russia.  The grocer who introduced Russian dressing waJames E. Colburn  who sold it to hotel chains. 

The recipe possibly may have been called "Russian dressing" because a tablespoon of caviar was sometimes added to the recipe.

I made my dressing vegan and oil-free with just tofu mayo (quick, easy, recipe) and ketchup. I love it on salad. 

This recipe is perfect if you or your guests eat plant-based, egg-free, dairy-free, or oil-free. 

slice tomatoes and onions

2/3 cup of tofu mayonnaise
1/3 cup of ketchup (I buy sugar-free)

Blend the tofu mayo and ketchup with a spoon until creamy. Use with your favorite salad. 

Did your mom make Russian dressing when you were young? 

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  1. Interesting that you could make mayonnaise with tofu...

  2. That's interesting -- and about as easy as it comes!

  3. Russian Dressing that's healthy? You got me. Pinned this post.

  4. I never knew that Russian dressing came from New Hampshire! And I loved hearing about your memories of your mom making it for you. My mom was more of a Four Seasons mix dressing maker, and although I love the taste, to this day I joke about the way the oil leaks out of the bottle, creating a "sweaty cruet." 🥗🍅🥑


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