I created this dip when I was trying a recipe for salad dressing from Gathered Table that I discovered from our weekly CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). The original recipe called for fish sauce and plain yogurt and suggested replacing some of the yogurt with mayonnaise for a tangier recipe. So I veganified it by using Just Mayo, a vegan mayonnaise substitute, instead of yogurt and deleting the fish sauce. The result was a really tasty and thick concoction that I spooned on to my salad. It is vegan and gluten-free.
My husband John tried it, loved it, finished it out, and declared it a dip, not salad dressing, since it was so thick. He suggested placing it in a bread bowl, which required me to double the recipe. The bread I used was Organic Tuscan Bread which I picked up at the bakery from our local Whole Foods Market. I chose this bread because it tastes great and I can avoid a plastic bag because it’s on display in the self-serve section of the bakery, so I just bring my own cloth bread bag. Other types of bread you can use are sourdough, rye, or pumpernickel. As long as you have a hard crust, you are good to go!
Last week we served this at a neighborhood party and everybody loved it. Everybody. Adults, kids, vegans, omnivores. Everybody. Be sure to let me know what you think!
- 2 2/3 cup of Just Mayo
- 1 1/3 cup chopped scallions (1 bunch of 6, use both white and green parts)
- 1 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves (2 .75 ounce packets)
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 4 tsp chopped garlic
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1 round loaf of bread
- Place Just Mayo, scallions, basil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve or immediately place in hollowed out loaf of bread
- Using a small serrated knife, cut a hole in the center of the loaf, being careful not to cut too far down. You don't want to cut the bottom of the loaf.
- Remove the bread, and slice into small, bite-sized pieces.
- Spoon dip into hollowed out bread "bowl".
- Serve with bite-size bread pieces and your favorite fresh, chopped vegetables.
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