Eva’s Raw Vegan “Better Than Ranch” Dressing36
Piggies! it's official. I have a serious girl crush on the delightful Eva Rawposa and Venita Hale from Uncooking 101. Those HBR piggies who tried Eva's "better-than-tequila" margarita have felt the love! 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 raw recipe blog and indulge. There is something for everyone, from really simple "blend and pour" recipes (which we piggies 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 healthy live whole foods and enzymes, and are bursting with flavour and nutrition. I have tried a TON of the raw recipes off this site and it really IS "uncooking101!" Some of my favourites are the delectable raw vegan lobster mushroom bisque, creamy butternut squash soup with garlic creme, blueberry pecan pie and the raspberry coconut parfait. All of which can be made in your blender! She has a TON of the best Vitamix recipes! OH! My snout is twitching and my tail is wiggling with pure raw emotion. (Insert happy piggy dance here!) YUMMO!
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. Piggies, you will be returning to this raw ranch dressing trough again and again. This is one of those raw recipes that will become like a little black dress in your culinary closet -- it works for most occasions and never goes out of style. Now I don’t know about you, but I cannot stand pre-packaged salad dressings. I like to dress up, not dress down! This home made salad dressing is fresh, free of additives and preservatives, and really does tastes better than store-bought ranch dressing. I will admit that there are some wonderful, natural, organic 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 quick, basic raw vegan ranch dressing and dip is incredibly versatile. If you follow the recipe exactly, you will have a delicious rich thick creamy raw vegan 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! You know my partiality to the "blend and scoff" approach. This dip certainly beats the dairy laden, colon clogging, “run of the mill” “pots of slop” on offer at generic grocery stores – that even we pigs can’t stomach! 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 raw creamy salad dressing. I put it over some raw shredded veggies last night for dinner and was in piggy Heaven! Eva also says it is amazing on raw burritos and vegan sandwiches, On My…I just cannot do this dressing justice. 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 raw salad dressing is perfection as it is. But feel free to put your own signature on this home made salad dressing. Just like our favourite black dress, accessorise 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 piggy blend. This vegan salad dressing is one of those fantastic gluten and dairy free recipes that is also soy free and sugar free. This is great option if you are looking for allergy free recipes.
I must admit, that just like mayonnaise, I have 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 raw vegan 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 favourite. It is probably because it satisfies the cream dreamer in me without having to "coat-check" my colon! It has become one of my favourite Vitamix recipes. Give this raw ranch dressing spin in your blender and you will not be sorry. This is one the best Vitamix recipes, blender recipes, raw vegan recipes, healthy recipes you will ever make! I could go on and on! This quick easy recipe is a stunner, a winner, and not to be missed!
This recipe published here with permission from Uncooking 101.
Eva’s Raw Vegan “Better Than Ranch” Dressing
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in filtered water for 2 hours and drained (soaking is optional)
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 dates soaked in 1 1/2 cups of filtered water and then pitted
- 1/2 cup date soak water (disgard the rest of soak water or add it to a smoothie)
- 2 - 4 large cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp red onion
- 1½ Tbsp Herbamare
- 1 Tbsp fresh continental parsley chopped finely
- ½ tsp fresh dill chopped finely
- 1 Tbsp green onions chopped finely
- Place all ingredients in your blender (I use a Vitamix) except the fresh herbs into your blender and puree until smooth and creamy.
- Stir through the herbs.
- If using as a dip, place mixture in an airtight container and chill for about 2 hours to congeal and thicken before serving.
- If you're like me and can't wait, the "scoff and devour immediately" approach is s'blended too!
- If using as a dressing, add about 1/2 cup - 1 cup of filtered water to thin out.
This recipe published here with permission from Uncooking 101.
Piggy Cooking Tips
selecting and storing raw cashews
“Raw” cashews are widely available in pre-packaged bags as well as bulk bins. Always purchase from a supplier where there is a high turnover to ensure freshness and quality. Look for plump cashews that are uniform in colour. Avoid the limp and shrivelled ones. Cashews should smell nutty and sweet. If they have a sharp or bitter smell they have gone rancid. To preserve the precious oils, store cashews in a sealed glass jar in the fridge for up to six months. Always soak cashews before using to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them more digestible.