Well, it's official. I have a serious girl crush on the delightful Eva Rawposa from Uncooking 101. Those of you who haven't had a chance to see what all the fuss is about, check out her amazing RAWkstar recipes on her blog and indulge. There is something for everyone, from really simple "blend and pour" recipes (which I love) to more detailed salads and other delicious healthy meal ideas. But her raw recipes all have one thing in common: they are made with whole foods and enzymes, and are bursting with flavor and nutrition. I have tried a ton of the recipes off this site and it really is "Uncooking 101!" Some of my favorites are the delectable lobster (mushroom) bisque, creamy butternut squash soup, blueberry pecan pie and the raspberry coconut parfait.
Today I am sharing Eva's amazing "Better-Than-Ranch" dressing because it is absolutely to die for! It is a bold title, but it delivers on it's promise. This is one of those recipes that will become like a little black dress in your culinary closet -- it works for most occasions and never goes out of style. I am not a fan of stand pre-packaged salad dressings. I like to dress up, not dress down! This dressing is fresh, free of additives and preservatives, and really does taste better than store-bought ranch dressing.
I will admit that there are some wonderful, natural, dressings available at health food stores. However, I never get excited about anything on a grocery store shelf that I can make better myself. And there is nothing better than serving up an easy salad, having people comment on how yummy the dressing is, and being able to say that you made it from scratch. As opposed to grabbing for the ubiquitous, boring bottle of a generic “Fat Free Plus” variety that clogs most fridge doors.
This recipe is incredibly versatile. If you follow the recipe exactly, you will have a delicious rich thick creamy dip to serve with veggie chips and raw veggie sticks. Just chill in a sealed container for a couple of hours and allow to thicken. Although I gobbled it up straight out of the blender and it was fantastic!
This dip certainly beats the dairy laden, colon clogging, “run of the mill” “pots of slop” on offer at generic grocery stores. If you add 1/2 cup - 1 cup of water (as much as you need for the desired consistency) you can thin this dip out to create a delicious salad dressing. I put it over some raw shredded veggies last night for dinner and it was amazing. Eva also says it is amazing on raw burritos and sandwiches. Just make sure you give yourself at least two hours to soak the cashews and the dates to hydrate them. But I also made it without doing this and it was still amazing for those of you who forget or don't have time.
This dressing is perfection as it is. But feel free to put your own signature on it. Just like our favorite black dress, accessorize it, blend it with your own style, and you have a winner that matches your personality every time. You could add more garlic to give it a bit more of a zing. You know how partial I am to a garlic hit. Feel free to add more fresh herbs. I just kept blending and tasting until I got my perfect blend.
I must admit, that just like mayo, I've never been a fan of ranch dressing. Those of you who have been following me know that I am not really a condiment person in general. I have never really liked ketchup, mustard or relish. As I said in my mayo post, "I was a plain Jane, lost in the condiment kingdom." Having said that, I absolutely love Eva's raw vegan spin on this classic favorite. It is probably because it satisfies the cream dreamer in me without having to "coat-check" my colon!
Give this raw ranch a spin in your blender and you will not be sorry. This recipe is a stunner, a winner, and not to be missed!