Versatile Raw Food Salad Dressing: Raw Ranch Dressing
Posted on April 23 2012 | (2) Comments
Category:Easy Raw Meals
Hello again. As I promised in my last post, I’ve got a versatile raw food recipe to tell you about...and show you, too. You can visit my Youtube channel to watch a demonstration of how to prepare my simple Raw Ranch Dressing.
What makes this raw ranch dressing such a dream-come-true is that it’s got a creamy texture, but does not use dairy products, and that means no unhealthy cholesterol and no lactose that can cause digestive problems for some folks. There’s no oil either. It gets its velvety texture and rich creamy consistency from soaked cashews.
As you’ll see in the video, soaking nuts in water softens them so that they may be processed into a smooth, creamy base for a salad dressing. Then you can add your favorite combination of seasonings to create raw food versions of your favorites.
For example, my raw food Ranch Dressing uses garlic and onion powders. Fresh garlic and onion would lend a sharp flavor to the dressing; the dried powders are more mellow and ‘smoky’ tasting. I also add a bit of lemon and herbs such as basil and dill weed for even more zip and zing. And when I want to turn my raw Ranch Dressing into Raw Thousand Island Dressing, I just add a shot (1/2-cup) of chopped sweet red bell pepper.
Ranch dressing...it’s not just for cowboys anymore! If your taste buds are clamoring for raw food Ranch Dressing for dinner tonight, why not make them happy?
You can get a printed version of the Raw Ranch Dressing ingredients and method here.
As well as being a fine garnish for the Garden Vegetable Soup I wrote about last time, I’ve found that my raw food Ranch Dressing can also do double-duty and be served as a dip with crudités. So I’d like to ask you to let me know if you have any great ideas for other ways it could be used. If you try an interesting combo, I hope you’ll post the results of your ‘taste test’ in the comments section.
See you next month!
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