Ranch. What do I think of ranch? I have this quirk about me. I really dislike savory white creamy things. Growing up, I despised anything and everything creamy and white - mayo, cottage cheese, dressing, cream cheese, sour cream - basically anything dairy (unless it was ice cream or whipped cream).
That same dislike even flowed over into my vegan life, but luckily I am lightening up to it because I know what I make is powered by nature. And if real ranch tastes as good as the cashew stuff, now I see why many of my clients find it difficult to switch to other dressings.
I made this dressing for my recent, Raw Collard Greens Rainbow Wrap + Cashew Ranch Dressing
blog post. I chose a white-colored dip to balance out the power of the color, and since the tulips inspired this recipe, white is a part of our natural world. It's the color of purity and spirituality.
Between the tulips and the chives I found at the local U-District Farmer's Market, I knew cashew and chives would be a part of my recipe. And well, this spring I am trying new things, and ranch made the list. Pleasantly surprised, I have overcome my fear of savory white things, especially because this dressing is packed with protein and fresh herbs. Enjoy!
How to Make Cashew Ranch Dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Makes approximately 2/3 cup
1/2 cup cashews soaked (at least 2 hours)
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp almond milk
2 tsp lemon juice
1.5 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1.5 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp oregano
Splash of olive oil + apple cider vinegar
Pinch of pepper
Blend all of ingredients, except for the parsley and chives, in a food processor. While blending, wash and chop the herbs. Once the dressing meets your desired texture, pour it into a bowl and mix in the herbs. Serve with your favorite salad or wrap.
This recipe compliments this wrap: Raw Collard Greens Rainbow Wrap + Cashew Ranch Dressing
What's your favorite cashew-based dressing?
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com