Creamy Dressing (Garlic/Ranch) & Bonus Tilapia Recipe

I miss dairy; to be exact, I miss CHEESE!  I also miss ranch dressing – for my veggies.  I prefer oil/vinegar based dressing for my salads (vinaigrette/Italian/etc), but for dipping veggies I only want ranch – so choosing to play with a non-dairy ranch dressing came into my mind early on in my non-dairy journey; I’ve just now found a combination that I really enjoy with fresh veggies.

Here is a “Creamy Dressing”.  Can be creamy garlic or ranch.  Make it your own!

 

Creamy Dressing
Creamy Dressing

1 cup raw cashews

2 cups cashew milk

1-2 tbsp garlic, minced (to taste, add more if you like garlic; less if you don’t)

3 tsp vinegar (I used unseasoned rice vinegar)

3 tbsp fresh parsley, finely minced

2 tbsp chives, finely minced

1/2 tsp onion powder

teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 –  1/2 tsp sugar (1/2 tsp is a little on the sweet side, but not sugary like a sweet dish)

dill weed, optional

 

Grind raw cashews into fine powder (I use my coffee grinder).

Raw Cashews and Cashew Powder
Raw Cashews and Cashew Powder

In blender, combine cashew meal, cashew milk & garlic; blend until combined.

cashew powder in Ninja
cashew powder in Ninja
Mincing garlic
Mincing garlic
Minced Garlic
Minced Garlic
combined, ready to blend
combined, ready to blend
Blended Cashews and Garlic
Blended Cashews and Garlic

Next, strain mixture into bowl or blender bowl using a fine mesh sieve to remove as much of the remaining nut chunks as possible (to have a smooth dressing).

straining cashew cream
straining cashew cream

add remaining ingredients to blender bowl & mix until finely blended.  Keep in refrigerator in sealed jar or bowl.  Use within about a week.

This is delicious for more than just dipping veggies or on salad.  See below for a bonus recipe that I used this creamy dressing with.

Creamed Tilapia

In baking dish, drizzle some olive oil & sprinkle a very little salt & pepper.  Over that, place sliced onions & repeat with olive oil and S&P.  On top of the onions, lay the tilapia and repeat again with the olive oil and S&P.  Bake in oven at 350* for about 8-10 minutes or until fish is cooked through & flakes easily with a fork.  Remove to serving plate and drizzle creamy dressing over; place cooked onions on plate and add creamy dressing again.

Also great is frozen peas; cooked through & tossed with some of the creamy dressing…YUM, YUM, YUM!

Below are pictures for this recipe.

prep fish for oven with olive oil, onions, salt and pepper
prep fish for oven with olive oil, onions, salt and pepper
cooked fish
cooked fish & onions
Finished fish with creamy peas
finished fish with creamy peas

 

I hope you enjoy this recipe; please leave a comment and tell me your ideas for this creamy dressing!

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