You Won't Believe It's Not Dairy!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Well, it’s a comforting thought when people around you see all the positive things that come from a vegan lifestyle, especially when that person shares a kitchen with you! I’ll admit, I am making a lot more vegan “junk” food than I would rather have in my kitchen, but if it’s slowly converting my entire kitchen to a meat and dairy free zone, then I’ll “junk” away! Now, the other night, I made some tempeh skewers, which went over quite well with the omnivore. However, I notice that he doused them in ranch dressing…not exactly vegan fare. I started thinking that there must be some alternative to ranch dressing that he’ll eat…but what?! I admit, I used to put it on everything from salad to veggies to French fries, but I never really missed the stuff once I said peace out to dairy. But now, I knew I had to find something! So, I came up with this, Vegan Ranch Dressing:
•1 cup vegan mayonnaise
•1/4 teaspoon black pepper
•1/2 cup unsweetened soymilk
•1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
•1/2 teaspoon onion powder
•2 teaspoons chopped parsley
•1 teaspoon dill (optional)
•½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for spicy food lovers!)
Put all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until creamy. Add more soymilk depending on desired consistency. Recycle an old jar to keep this in.

Quick, easy, and relatively painless, right? Not only that, but it tastes pretty damn good! He gobbled this up on his homemade beer-battered French fries last night (I know, really unhealthy, but they were his, not mine!), and I drizzled some on a couple tomato slices I was chopping for our meal, and I must say, it really tasted like ranch!

So, for those of you out there who just can’t live without your ranch dressing, or if you know people who don’t want to take the vegan plunge because they are afraid of missing foods like this, definitely make this dressing, and I promise, no one will know the difference!


Woz said...

Love this! We tried our first ranch dressing last week and while it was good, we know there is better. Can't wait to try this. Thanks! :D

Tatum said...

Thank you! Can't wait to try this. It's funny I only miss it on cauliflower, but when I'm eating my cauliflower, i miss ranch soo much!

Danielle said...

I hope you guys enjoy it!

jessica.bray said...

I made this and it's awesome! Thank you. ^_^ It is SO close to regular Ranch and that has been one of the hardest things for me to give up now that I've chosen a Vegan lifestyle! Thanks Danielle. <3

Danielle said...

@Jessica, I'm so glad you liked it! Yay! Thank you for giving it a chance!

Cheryl Allen Salinas said...

Very nice! Good job- Cheryl

Danielle said...

Thank you!

VegWhoHatesTofu said...

I found this recipe & just tried it over the weekend to make a vegan Napa Valley chickpea salad. It was awesome! :)

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