BSI: Baby Artichoke Salad with Cheater’s Creamy Curry Dressing

I received 5 smallish artichokes in our CSA this past week, so I was really excited when Kim at Affairs of Living selected this spiky veggie for this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient. That is until I realized I had no idea what to do with these things.

I took the easy route out, and followed the Ocean Mist Instructions for preparing and steaming them. A word of advice – they say you “can” put the artichokes in a lemon bath to keep them from browning. I assumed that since I was cooking them right away, this would be unnecessary. Oh how wrong I was. I got grey/brown little artichokes. Still tasty, but not so pretty.

I consulted another artichoke specialist, California (yeah, I think everyone in the state knows what to do with these things), for some ideas on what to serve them with. I opted to use their Curry Dip as a dressing, sliced the little artichokes in half and served it all in a jumbo salad. As I type this, my stomach is so packed with veggies that it is about to explode.

vegan artichoke salad with creamy curry dressing

To make your own salad, follow the Ocean Mist Instructions (I did such a horrible job, no need to take pictures, their directions are much better), toss in whatever veggies you like (I think you all know how to make a salad, right?), and if you want a full meal, I think the artichokes and dressing go well with chickpeas, tempeh, or chicken.

I call the dressing “cheater’s” because it uses a curry spice blend (found in most stores), margarine (sub olive oil if you prefer), milk alternative, and mayo. Not really a from scratch recipe, but quick, easy, flavorful, and good for those creamy dressing cravings.

Cheater’s Creamy Curry Dressing (or Dip)

I adapted this recipe ever so slightly from the California Artichoke Advisory Board. If making a dip, start with the lesser amount of curry and add more to taste. I used the higher amount for dressing and it was just right for my tastes.

  • 1/4 Cup Regular or Vegan Mayonnaise (I used Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise (love that stuff!))
  • 2 Teaspoons Dairy-Free Margarine (I used Soy-Free Earth Balance)
  • 1 Teaspoon Curry Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Milk Alternative* (omit for dip)
  • Pinch Salt
  • Pepper (optional)

Place the mayo in a small bowl. Or, if you are using up the rest of your mayo, simply make the dressing right in it (works great for storage too!) …

creamy curry dressing

Melt the margarine in a small pan. Add the curry powder, and bubble gently for a minute or two over low heat to eliminate any bitterness from the curry powder.

Whisk in the milk alternative, and add the mixture to the mayo.

Whisk in a pinch or two of salt, and pepper to taste if desired.

It will thicken slightly once chilled, but feel free to increase or decrease the amount of milk alternative for your desired consistency. 

* Usually I would recommend unsweetened coconut milk beverage, rice milk, or soy milk for this flavor blend. But all I had on hand was plain unsweetened almond milk, and it actually worked quite well.

Note: If you like a little more zip to your dressing, feel free to squeeze in a little lemon to taste.

creamy curry dressing

For more of my recipes see Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook and my new blog, Dairy-Free & Fit.

12 thoughts on “BSI: Baby Artichoke Salad with Cheater’s Creamy Curry Dressing

  1. YUM!! I may have to start liking mayo so I can try that dressing. Oh, and I always use almond milk – if you add in a tiny little bit of coconut extract with some sugar, you get a coconut milk flavor that is pretty close.

  2. I have been trying to think of a good way to enjoy artichokes but no such luck as of yet…until now that is. That curry sauce sounds delicious!

  3. Oh yum it looks delicious! I’ve never seen baby artichokes – I just used the big guys for my recipe. I didn’t know the lemon prevented browning! I thought it was for flavor and I had a stray one in the produce bin so threw it in. Now I’m glad I did, otherwise it wouldn’t have looked so great in the pics! hehe

  4. Yummy salad, your creamy curry dressing is terrific!

  5. Alisa, I’m so glad to have found your site from the Blogger Secret Ingredient contest! This is a recipe I wouldn’t have attempted on my own, but it looks so good that I’ll have to give it a try asap.

  6. “Cheater” or not, it sounds delish to me! And how ignorant am I–I had no idea you could preseve the color of arties AND have them cooked, at the same time! 😉

  7. You should give artichoke bruschetta a try! It’s delicious!

  8. Thanks ladies! And that recipe looks great Kathryn! I may have to try it out, substituting chopped olives for the cheese.

  9. The creamy curry dressing sounds and looks so good. I am going to have to try that one! As a salad freak, I am always looking for new dressing ideas.

  10. This is perfect. I am going to try it with my usual dinner brown rice salad. I’m getting kinda sick of my bottled miso!

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