Sunday, March 05, 2006

Meanwhile back at the ranch...

One of the things I've had the hardest time finding a vegan replacement for is ranch salad dressing. The commercially available dressings just taste weird. For salads at home I usually just use oil and vinegar but sometimes ranch dressing is just the thing. Plus it's nice to send some in my kid's lunch with veggies for dipping - like in the picture here (I save the little salsa containers from the taqueria and use them in their lunches for hummus, dip, ketchup etc - I am, after all, the product of two depression-era parents). Through some scouring on the internet and trial and error in the kitchen here is the recipe for vegan ranch dressing:

For the ranch dressing first you need to make the seasoning mix (which I found a version of online - but I don't have the source).
4 Saltine crackers
1/2 cup dry minced parsley flakes
2 T. instant minced onion
1 1/2 tsp. dry dill weed
1 T. onion salt
1 T. garlic salt
1 T. onion powder
1 T. garlic powder

1. Put 4 saltine crackers in a blender and blend on high speed until powdered
2. Add parsley, minced onions and dill weed.
3. Blend again until powdered.
4. Dump into a bowl and stir in onion salt, garlic salt, onion powder and garlic powder.

Now make buttermilk:

(to make 1/2 cup)
Mix together
7 1/2 T. soy milk
1/2 T. lemon juice
(or easier: put 1/2 T. lemon juice in measuring cup and fill to 1/2 cup with soymilk)

Let it sit for 10 minutes - it will thicken up.

To make dressing take your 1/2 cup of buttermilk, and add 1/2 cup vegenaise (I use the Follow your Heart organic one) and add ~2 tsp of the seasoning mix. Voila - its tastes good!


Julie said...

Oh, I am definetely going to try your ranch. I am thinking about going completely vegan-but, I have to find replacements for my favorite things--like ranch!

That is a great idea about saving those little containers! I actually bought little teensie tupperware to store dips and stuff-but, that's way more economical!

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

I must must must try this : )
I'm thilled you posted this! I'm a former real ranch lover myself, of course.

KariDyan said...

they have some stainless steel containers at Target, with little lids, that can be washed and re-used, in case you ever run out of your taquiera ones :)

oh, and I love love love your blog.