Number Five in my…..Salad Dressing Blog Post Series…. Healthy and Clean Ranch Dressing!
Well, we all know that Ranch dressing normally has a buttermilk and mayonnaise base, right? This salad dressing just happens to be healthier and cleaner than the typical Ranch dressing with not a drop of mayo involved.
I found a very similar recipe for Ranch dressing on a blog that I follow, My Whole Food Life. Melissa has an amazing ability to combine ingredients and create delicious and clean recipes. If you have not visited her blog then I urge you to do so. I changed the recipe slightly from the original version. I added more garlic… because… hey, who doesn’t like garlic, right? I also used shallots instead of chives. I just felt it just gave the dressing a bit more flavor.
I use this dressing in several different ways…..
- As a dip….. Add less water to the mixture and it will make the perfect Ranch dip for veggies.
- As a base for potato salad or chicken salad. My Southern Potato Salad recipe.
- As a spread for a veggie Panini. The perfect amount of flavor added to compliment the veggies.
- Of course…. a dressing for yummy dark greens, tomatoes, red onion and cucumbers.
Try this healthy and clean Ranch dressing recipe. Forget unhealthy fats and introduce a new version of
“Hidden Valley Ranch” to your family! 🙂
|Healthy and Clean Ranch Dressing or Dip|| |
- 1 cup of cashews, roasted and unsalted
- ¼ cup of unsweetened, unflavored almond milk
- 2 cloves of garlic, coarsely chopped
- 2 shallots, coarsely chopped
- 3 Tbsp. of flat leaf parsley
- 3 tsp. of white wine vinegar
- Real Salt or sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- Place cashews in an air tight container and cover with water. Soak in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain cashews and place into a high speed blender, pour in filtered water....only enough to cover the cashews.
- Blend for 1-2 minutes.
- Add in almond milk, garlic, shallots, parsley, vinegar, salt and pepper.
- Blend for another minute. Taste and adjust seasonings.
- Serve immediately. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container. (I use a small mason jar.)
Next Week: Another homemade salad dressing recipe….. Balsamic Vinaigrette…..The last in my salad dressing blog post series.