Frugal Foodie Friday: I love cooking from scratch. My kitchen is filled with foods that either don't require a food label, or have three or less ingredients. But, there are a few dairy and vegan substitutes that I have a weakness for, and I often combine them to create a simple salad dressing (or dip) for both my husband and I to enjoy. In fact, the only completely "pure" ingredients in this recipe are the pinch of salt and pepper. Hence the name, Cheater's Creamy Curry Salad Dressing.
But have no fear, this is still a pretty wholesome recipe. I use curry powder (a pre-blend of spices; always handy to have around), milk alternative (a good neutral one like unsweetened rice milk or coconut beverage), dairy-free / soy-free margarine (from Earth Balance), and a surprise favorite (at least to us) Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that both my husband and I would actually prefer a vegan mayo to the "real thing." Of course, mayonnaise is simply an emulsion of egg and oil (often with some additives thrown in for beautification and shelf-life), so most who only avoid dairy could use regular mayonnaise in the recipe. But for us, this version of Vegenaise is actually the mayo of choice. Note that this particular mayo is not completely soy-free (I have yet to find a commercial brand of vegan mayonnaise alternative that is), but compared to the others, it is very "soy low." View the full recipe on my personal recipe blog, One Frugal Foodie.