You may say “what-the-aquafaba?!” & then try my creamy 2-minute Green Princess dressing.

greenlandscapeThere has been a lot of talk about winning and losing; some prince’s new romance; elections; things that must fall and then some more election talk lately.

Luckily there has been a lot of talk about aquafaba as well.

Aquafaba is simply the cooking liquid of beans and other legumes.

green dressing wow2.pngIn short, the name of this magic ingredient was only coined about a year ago, after two guys by the names of  Joël Roessel and Goose Wohlt experimented  with some chickpea cooking liquids and discovered their similarity to eggs in cooking.

  • Aqua = WATER
  • Faba = BEAN

Great! Now that we’ve got the Latin sorted..This protein- and starch rich liquid is currently widely used in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Canned chickpea liquid, for instance, makes a fabulous vegan mayonnaise alternative.  In my opinion  it can’t really be called a mayonnaise unless it’s an egg-emulsion, so maybe we should stick to calling it a veganaise?

It can also replace eggs in vegan meringues (yes, really!) and cakes , can be used as a thickening agent in stews and soups and acts as a foaming agent in dairy free mousses.

green-princessMy Green Princess Dressing is a perfect way of using chickpea cooking liquid to add protein AND flavour. PLUS it makes me feel good as there is less wastage.

How to do it:

Simply add all the ingredients to a blender / food processor and blitz until foamy. It takes literally 2-3 minutes. Alternatively use a stick blender and a pulse action to get the same results.

*It might seem like a lot of oil, but yields almost 4 cups of creamy, green, vegan goodness.



What you need:

  • The reserved liquid of one can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • ¼ can of  chickpeas
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Juice and grated peel of ½ lemon
  • 2 tsp whole grain mustard
  • A small handful of fresh leafy herbs (I used flat leaf parsley and basil)
  • ¾ cup of neutral tasting oil (olive oil is not a good choice in this case)
  • 10 capers
  • A large pinch of salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1tsp  Xylitol or sugar – optional

*Store refrigerated.

The dressing was wonderful with some chilled roasted veggies and pasta as a meat free salad.


Read more on this fabulous find:

Have a look at how easy it is to make the veganaise and Coconut Craze’s recipe:




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