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!
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).
In blender, combine cashew meal, cashew milk & garlic; blend until combined.
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).
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.
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.
I hope you enjoy this recipe; please leave a comment and tell me your ideas for this creamy dressing!