When enjoying brunch at a restaurant, I can’t resist ordering Eggs Florentine with Hollandaise sauce. But the über rich sauce is so-not-good for the heart. So I try to only have it a few times a year. However, I have a sneaky secret when at home: I whip up this simple vegan Hollandaise sauce. OK, so technically this isn’t Hollandaise sauce. It doesn’t have egg yolks or butter—two key ingredients of this “mother” sauce. But my recipe is a really good and truly “real” option when you don’t want the indulgence or simply can’t have it. And don’t just take my word for it. Try it! It’s tasty drizzled over poached eggs, such as in Eggs Florentine, or over poached salmon. Or keep the dish vegan and serve with grilled or roasted asparagus spears, artichokes, or potatoes.
Calories saved: 290
Why it’s better for you? It’s 100% plant-based.
- 4 ounces organic silken tofu, drained (about 1/2 cup)
- Juice of 1 small lemon (2 tablespoons) + 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- 2 tablespoons plain unsweetened almond or coconut milk beverage
- 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
- 1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne
- Add all the ingredients to a blender. Cover and puree for 1 minute.
- Pour the mixture into a small saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until just heated through, and serve.
Per serving: 40 calories, 3g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 120mg sodium, 2g total carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 1g sugars, 2g protein
The “Before” Recipe
Inspired by: classic hollandaise sauce
Per serving: 330 calories, 37g total fat, 23g saturated fat, 185mg cholesterol, 80mg sodium, 1g total carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 2g protein
- When creaminess is required, silken tofu can do the trick. Just remember to go organic to assure it’s free of GMOs.
- For fresh zing, sprinkle in lemon zest.
- For depth of flavor, add a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Since anchovies are in the regular version, choose a vegan sauce to keep the recipe vegan.
- Take advantage of your spice rack! Turmeric creates a lovely light golden-yellow hue; cayenne adds a kick.