Adventures in Raw Fooding in the Forever Wild Adirondacks
Saturday, November 29, 2008
creamy dreamy ranch dressing & dip recipe
"so if you only eat raw foods, that means you just eat salads, right?"
that is a huuuge misunderstanding that i have been presented with often. one of the reasons i am putting together a recipe book is to make raw eating a delight to the palate, to have exciting meals, and to avoid monotony. hence, i have been re-creating many cooked food recipes into the raw genre. i have had a call for recreating dairy based recipes especially from those who are lactose intolerant but miss it dreadfully. is it even possible?
this brings me back to the salad question even though i eat a large variety of foods prepared in an even larger array- i still do like my salads. but if you are eating out you can't always make the salad as interesting as you can when you are at home. so when i travel or eat out i usually bring along my salad excitement in a jar.... the dressing. a creamy dressing can satisfy a need that just greens alone cannot, and to answer the question... how can i have my ranch and eat it too- i joyfully present my:
creamy dreamy ranch dressing & dip
for those missing that hidden valley feeling. soak time 1-2 hrs 5 Minutes to Prepare
1-1/2 c nuts (cashew or mac or combo) soak them for a creamier dressing (1-2 hr is fine, then drain) 3/4 - 1 c filtered water for blending 3 T lemon juice (translates into approx 1/2 lemon) 1/3 c cider vinegar 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil 3 T agave ( or 3 soaked dates) 2 cloves garlic 1 t garlic pwd 3 t onion powder 1 t dill 1 T sea salt 1/2 t basil and to add after it's done: 1/4 c finely minced parsley additionally, 1/2 t dill, minced
Directions makes 3 cups serving size 2 T high speed blend all ingredients till creamy and smooth except the last 2 (parsley & dill) then once blended, stir in the last 2 ingredients. thickens in fridge. thin to desired consistency if using as a dressing- or toss into wet lettuce leaves as is.
Number of Servings: 24
Variations Add a few drops of natural smoke flavor for that ‘bacon ranch’ flavor Grind lots of pepper & add 2 T nutritional yeast for’ peppercorn Parmesan ranch’ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I am a certified Alissa Cohen Living on Live Foods Chef, Instructor and Teacher in upstate NY. I first discovered Raw Food for its health and weight balancing benefits. My special talent is for recreating dishes that have dazzled me at fine eateries, replicating familiar cooked dishes that will win over taste buds and encourage anyone that eating raw can be really delicious and exciting! If you enjoyed the tasty recipes that will be posted here on this blog, be sure to check out my upcoming book “Raw Delights”, which is due to go to publishing soon. It's release will be announced on the website: www.AdirondackRawFoodConnection.com.
the information contained in this blog is for education only and is not meant to help diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. it is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes to your existing diet. there, that's said- now go and play with your food!