Anyone, I am just curious to know if Chia Seeds can replace ultra-gel in Simmon's book as a thickener?  Mary

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Comment by James Simmons on May 21, 2011 at 8:45am

I don't have a Green Goddess Dressing that I've tried, but here is one I made up after looking at several recipes on line. You may want to try it, make adjustments until you love it and then add it to the recipes forum:)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for 2 hours) or 1 cup young coconut meat (without coconut water)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup water or more to desired consistency
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • 1 cup chopped scallions, (6 to 7 whole scallions, chopped)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste (not sure what this does)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions: blend all together in high-speed blender.
Comment by MARY MARGARETCHERRY on May 20, 2011 at 2:15pm

good to know - thanks.  Do you by chance have a recipe for a good green goddess dressing?

Comment by James Simmons on May 20, 2011 at 11:27am
Hi Mary, I've been using them to replace Ultra Gel as a thickener in several of our dressings. It has worked very well. Most often I leave the seed whole, but sometimes blend the seed. Both options work; however, blending the seed sometimes changes the overall flavor of the dressing favorably and sometimes unfavorably, depending upon the dressing. It's very easy to use as a thickener. Jim

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