Salad Out of Nothing

In Odessa, they used to say that a woman can make three things out of nothing: a hat, a salad, and an argument with her husband. My grandmother had a different saying; she taught me that a true Jewish balabusteh (lady of the house) should be able to make six family dinners out of one chicken, and still have enough for a chicken soup for Shabbos. I have never been much of a hat maker, even though I love outrageous hats and wear them on top of the wig, according to the old Chassidic tradition. I abhor arguments, even though sometimes they are unavoidable – life has its challenges. Making a salad out of nothing, however, pretty much  follows my grandmother’s dictum.


I am lucky – I really love vegetables. I am not so lucky because I also really love cheese, but it doesn’t like me any more. I am still lucky because I have discovered nutritional yeast, and now I can indulge my tendency to play with my food and virtually turn my kitchen into a chemistry lab: pour this into that, add a pinch of the other, stand back and see what happens.

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I had a bowl of steamed veggies left from last night’s dinner: broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. Contrary to George Bush, I love broccoli. Years ago, I would’ve cut myself a few chunks of Pecorino Romano and enjoyed a nutritious and totally delicious lunch. Not any more!

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We know that He never creates a problem without creating a solution first. Here is my solution: nutritional yeast, combined with coconut milk, lemon juice, and just a touch of garlic. Sounds good, but too liquid for my taste. I want texture!

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And when I pulverized some raw cashews, together with all this stuff, it came out just great! Depending on how chunky or creamy you want it, you might add some more coconut milk, and if you want more of a savory flavor, play with lemon juice and garlic.


Delicious! I didn’t even have to season it, since to my taste, it was a perfect blend of flavors. Parsley is sprinkled on top for garnish. My only regret was that I didn’t make enough of it – next time, I’ll know better!


  • 1 cup mixed steamed vegetables of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, squeezed
  • 1/2  cup raw cashews
  • Fresh parsley to garnish


  • Steam vegetables. Put aside.
  • Place the rest of ingredients into food processor or blender, pulse to desired consistency.
  • Combine with vegetables. Serve garnished with chopped fresh parsley.






23 Comments Add yours

  1. Very interesting writing and recipe..😊

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  2. voulaah says:

    si yummy
    thank you for sharing this recipe

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      1. voulaah says:

        oh welcome

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  3. Well, the opening sentence is so brilliant it took me ages to eventually go on to reading the recipe (I’m keeping the saying, that’s certain). It’s a lovely recipe, of course, but this time the ‘story-telling’ wins 🙂

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    1. Thank you, but the credit is not mine. It’s an old Odessa saying, going back to the times when ladies would not venture out on the street hatless. Odessa is the cradle of humor; that’s where the concept of humor (actually, satire) was invented – historical truth!

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  4. Very new… Interesting

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  5. leggypeggy says:

    Many years ago, one of our exchange students introduced me to nutritional yeast. Very useful. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. My pleasure, and thank you for the comment.

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  6. Jasmine S. says:

    Dolly, I loved what you wrote in this post! And kudos for making an awesome salad with what you had on hand. Looks awesome!

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  7. My mouth is watering ……..

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    1. Thank you – glad you like it!


  8. Sumith Babu says:

    A versatile salad!! Again recipe and the story are the winners!!


    1. Thank you, glad you like it!

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  9. This was written so nice and kind! And I nearly could smell the aroma of the salad. Hmmm!
    Nice to surf on your blog! 😊 Many greetings! ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, dear, and for your lovely comment!
      Nice to meet you,

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      1. Yes, very nice to meet you! It`s a great honour for me! I appreciate it really much! 😙💖 Many greetings, Tina

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      2. Thank you, Tina, have a great day! 🙂

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