sweet garlic wasabi dressing

I have a really hard time eating salad without the help of a creamy vegan dressing. And considering I’m from the Midwest where #RanchIsLife, that kind of makes sense. While there are plenty of ways to get your dairy-free dressing fix, popping some tofu in the blender might just be the best option.

While fairs are usually made up of corndogs and cotton candy, things are definitely changing. This year at the Iowa State Fair—which, BTW, is known for its deep-fried butter on a stick—The Soyfoods Council had chefs compete in a challenge to see who could make the best salad dressing using tofu as a base. And between all the options, a sweet garlic wasabi dressing came out on top as the champ.

The next time you assemble your greens, whip up the contest-winning recipe below. Because if a vegan, tofu-packed dressing can take home first place at a fair located in one of the nation’s leading animal agriculture states, you know it’s gotta be good.

Sweet Garlic Wasabi Dressing

By: Chef Kerri Rush of Fresh Café and Market


1 package silken soft tofu
1/4 tsp wasabi powder
1 Tbsp granulated onion powder
1 Tbsp granulated garlic powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Vegenaise
1 Tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp Himalayan salt


1. Add ingredients to blender; blend until smooth.
2. Serve on your salad. It pairs especially well with an iceberg wedge, tomato, avocado, edamame, coconut bacon, and shredded carrots.

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