Raw, Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe

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One more recipe that might come in handy this holiday weekend if  you want to stick with your raw food or vegan diet, ranch dressing.

Ranch is America’s favorite dressing and a picnic classic!  This raw food recipe for ranch has fooled even the biggest Hidden Valley Ranch fans.  Serve this without mentioning that it is a dairy-free dressing and see if anyone notices!  Enjoy.

Ranch Dressing
Ingredients:
1/2 cup cashews soaked 2 to 4 hours, drained and rinsed
1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 to 3/4 cup fresh almond milk (to desired consistency)
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan Sea Salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon fresh or dried chives

Start by adding the cashews, lemon, and almond milk, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of both the onion and garlic powder to the Vita-Mix.  Blend until creamy.  Taste and adjust seasonings keeping in mind that you will add the dried parsley and chives by hand once the dressing is out of the blender.  Once you have it seasoned to your liking, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl then add the chives and parsley.

Cheater Version:
To save time, you can omit the cashews, lemon juice, salt and garlic and use 3 to 5 tablespoons of nut cheese.  The Garlic Cheese and Pine Nut Ricotta both work well for this cheater version of the Ranch Dressing.

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