Creamy Cashew Ranch

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Ranch lover for life here. I was that girl who required a 1:1 ratio of pizza to ranch. I drenched my salads in the stuff. If chips or any other packaged snacks came in a "ranch" flavor option, I'd sign myself up. It's right up there with my mayo addiction.

Since going vegan, I've enjoyed the Follow Your Heart ranch-style dressing and the Hampton Creek Just Ranch. Both are strikingly convincing alternatives, but let's admit it: neither of them is particularly healthy. When you add as much ranch to your food as I like to, the oil and sugar really add up.

Enter this creamy cashew ranch. It's a simple recipe that is just as velvety and rich as the real thing, without added oil. Fresh dill and chives add beautiful color and flavor; you can add parsley, too, if you enjoy it. My favorite thing about this dressing is that since it's made of good ingredients, I can slather it all over my pizza, salads, sandwiches and crudités in good conscience.

I happened to have some lactic acid powder (derived from beets) in my pantry from the time I was experimenting with homemade vegan mozzarella. This lends a distinctive tartness which mimics that of cultured buttermilk. I'm aware this is an odd ingredient to have on-hand, so feel free to sub in a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a splash of apple cider vinegar if necessary.

This ranch keeps in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple of days. The water and cashews may separate (since there's no oil acting as an emulsifier), but a quick stir and it's refreshed and ready!

 

Yield: 6-8 servings

Creamy Cashew Ranch

prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 3/4 - 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives*
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill*
  • 1 teaspoon lactic acid powder; or juice of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

instructions:

  1. Rinse soaked cashews and blend together with 3/4 cup water.  Add more water to thin out depending on desired consistency.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

notes

You can also sub half the amount of dried dill and chives. You may also add a teaspoon or so of dried parsley if desired.
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