Glory Be Dressing has been my favorite salad dressing for many years, long before Trim Healthy Mama was even a teensy twinkle in my eye. Imagine my excitement to discover that it was completely compliant to THM! That didn’t stop me from tweaking the recipe, though, especially as I became aware of the different types of S meals.
The salad shown in the photo is completely THM Deep S compliant. It consists of torn romaine lettuce, chopped yellow pepper, chopped cucumber, a hard-boiled egg, and two slices of low-sugar bacon… and a good drizzle of Glory Be Dressing. Yum! You can, of course, pour this dressing on a salad made with a much wider range of ingredients. The sky is the limit! Glory Be Dressing is always my first consideration, though there’s also room in my life for a good Caesar dressing as well as occasional Ranch dressing for taco salads and the like.
Recipe: Glory Be Dressing
Here’s what you need:
• A good blender. We bought a Vitamix in 1996 and it’s still going strong! I can’t recommend them highly enough.
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• 1/3 cup water
• 1/3 cup Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
• 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
• 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
• 3 tablespoons sugar-free peanut flour or almond flour
• 2-3 cloves garlic
• 1/2 teaspoon glucomannan
• 1 teaspoon sunflower lecithin
Dump the above ingredients into your blender, turn it on high, and blend until smooth and the garlic is pulverized. Then turn the blender to its lowest possible setting, and slowly pour in:
• 1.5 cups extra virgin olive oil
When I say slowly, I mean go ahead and take an entire minute to dribble in the oil. The slower it goes, the better the resulting texture.
I pour the dressing into a clean squeeze bottle (mine is from Hellman’s olive oil mayo) and stick it in the fridge. It keeps as long as any store-bought dressing, though it generally doesn’t last super long since I use some almost daily.
Unsure of some of those ingredients?
• Bragg Liquid Aminos are similar to soy sauce, but made from non-GMO soybeans, un-fermented and gluten-free.
• Apple Cider Vinegar: you’re looking for raw, unfiltered vinegar with “the mother” in it.
• Nutritional Yeast: For years I bought this product only for Glory Be Dressing. Since discovering THM, I now use it many other ways. It’s high in B vitamins and is just plain delicious! It’s not at all the kind of yeast you buy for rising bread.
• Peanut flour (aka peanut powder): A defatted peanut product you can use to impart a peanutty flavor where you don’t want the extra calories or fat. Read labels carefully, since most products contain sugar in the ingredient list. There are several without, and this is what you are looking for.
• Glucomannan is a thickening agent made from the konjac root. It’s widely used in Trim Healthy Mama, but a little goes a long way. Overused, it creates a slimy texture, but this amount in the dressing provides the perfect squeezable thickness. You can skip it (or try subbing an equal amount of xanthan gum), but the dressing will be more liquidy, although equally delicious. Konjac root is a soluble dietary fiber known to aid in weight loss. Nicknamed gluccie.
• Sunflower Lecithin is a great emulsifier and is rich in choline and other essential fatty acids. As with gluccie, a package of sunflower lecithin goes a long way. I’ve made Glory Be Dressing without it, but it always needs a good shake to blend the layers in the bottle. With sunflower lecithin, the dressing stays blended. And it’s good for you, so win-win! Soy lecithin isn’t recommended since most contain GMOs.
The original dressing recipe, complete with a not-quite-THM-compliant salad, can be found on the Canadian Living website.