Sweet & Sour Creamy Peanut Dressing & Holiday Dishes

Good morning and Merry Christmas Eve to those of you who celebrate it. I feel very happy to have been able to connect with so many friends this season, both on and offline. On Friday, I went hiking with a blogging friend, Deb, who also visits the desert a lot. We have a shared love for cats, food, nature, exercise, travel and health. We hiked on a trail I know well, but we went further than I have ever gone before; turns out when you exercise with a girlfriend and spend the whole time gabbing, you don’t realize how hard you are working (it’s true, try it!). We came across this pathetic little tree that someone had decorated and commandeered another hiker to stop and take our picture in front of it:

Deb and Carrie hiking.

We went for lunch afterwards at a local health food cafe and I had a green salad with roasted tofu, brown rice and a peanut butter sauce:

Roasted tofu salad with peanut sauce.

That salad was so tasty that I re-created it at home on Saturday. My version of the dressing was green, though, because I added a bunch of cilantro, along with peanut butter, dates, lime juice, walnuts, shallot, garlic, cayenne pepper, soy milk and rice vinegar. I also added a cup of garbanzo beans because that’s my new trick lately to reduce the fat in nut-based sauces. It looked like this pre-blended:

Sweet & Sour Peanut Dressing

Less than a minute later…

Peanut salad dressing.

Here’s the recipe, you’ll noticed I added 1/2 teaspoon of reduced-sodium tamari for that salty flavor. You can leave it out if you wish.

I gussied up this salad with fresh sprouts, edamame, mandarin oranges and sliced red onion:

My salad with Creamy Peanut Dressing.

Gosh, this was fantastic. I made it again yesterday for lunch.

I had a great response to my giveaway of my healthy, recipe app, Vegan Delish. I still have about 10 codes left, so enter to win one here if you so desire.

If you are on vacation this week, I hope you have a wonderful time and enjoy whatever festivities you are participating in. If you need any last minute healthy recipe ideas, may I suggest my Grab-n-Go Chocolate Oat Bars? They make a healthy snack or dessert:

Chocolate Oat Bars

I also highly recommend my Lemony Brown Rice & Lentil Salad for a great party side dish that for many of us can be the main dish:

Lemony Brown Rice & Lentil Salad

If you have some time to make a hot dish, this Lemony Lentil Stew is fairly straightforward and deliciously hearty:

Lemony Lentil Stew

And, if all else fails, why not just make a kale salad, like my Strangely Addictive Almond Butter Kale Salad?

Kale Salad

Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you back here on Wednesday with a brand-new post!


  1. SueC says

    Hi Carrie, I really appreciate the time you put into today’s post. The dressing looks great and you definitely gave me some great ideas about what to take to our family get-together Christmas day. I’d make the dressing for tonight’s salad, only I don’t have any cilantro and I vowed to myself to be finished shopping for a few days. Thanks so much for a great post.

  2. SueC says

    Hi Carrie,
    I finally made your sweet and sour creamy peanut dressing and wanted you to know I thought it was fantastic. I served it over a raw kale and beet salad. The dressing reminded me of the ETL version of Cafe Yumm’s “yummy sauce” only much, much tastier. I also like including beans in my salad dressings so am glad you came up with this. In the photo taken of the salad that inspired you to make this dressing the roasted tofu looks really good. Any thoughts on an ETL version of that tofu? It looks delicious!


    • says

      Hi Sue! Thanks for the awesome feedback, so glad you liked the dressing. You gave me a good idea to try roasted tofu at home. I think if I just lightly sprayed the baking sheet with cooking spray, it would still be ETL-friendly. I’ll give it a go and see how it turns out. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

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