Return of the Big Salad

They’re still showing Seinfeld re-runs here in Sydney. I caught a glimpse of the ‘Big Salad’ episode last week, and it got me thinking…

The Big Salad:

Many years ago, when I was travelling the world, interviewing expatriate Australian Hare Krishna devotees for my historical book, ‘The Great Transcendental Adventure’, I found myself in Colorado. I had tracked down some old friends, Vidyaranya and Dipak, who lived in Boulder and Basalt respectively.

My home base was in Denver, at the Hare Krishna Temple, and everyday I would have lunch at Govinda’s on Cherry Street.

I picked up quite a few recipes on the road, and some of them made their way into my subsequent cookbooks.

govindas cherry street:

I received a letter from Pamela in California, and it got my culinary memory juices flowing:

“I am asked to make Almond salad dressing for our next home program. Would you please give me the recipe. Thank you.”

Here’s my reply:


As I wrote in my first cookbook, Great Vegetarian Dishes, ‘The Hare Krishnas of Denver, Colorado, run a very popular restaurant, Govinda’s, on Cherry Street. One of their salad dressings particularly appeals to me; as the name suggests, it’s packed with strong flavours. Nutritional or brewers yeast is available at health food stores.’

Here’s the recipe:

PREPARATION TIME: a few minutes,
YIELD: 2 cups.

1 cup blanched almonds,
1 cup cold water,
1 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice,
3 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce,
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast or brewers yeast.

Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until completely smooth. That’s it.

It’s a great dressing, especially on ‘big salads’.

Posted by Kurma on 26/2/11; 6:59:40 PM

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