Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Homemade "Ranch" Dressing Love Story

Meet a plain 'ol salad.

This salad was happy with its friends Tomato, Cucumber and Walnut, but it secretly longed for something more. Something to bring it to life again. Something to add a little zip to its life.

Then one day, Homemade "Ranch" Dressing was made.

Now Homemade "Ranch" Dressing was a bit cocky. He knew he was sweet, yet salty. He knew he was loved by many. He knew that no one could resist him. He knew that he made people happy all over the world. He knew that he was versatile and could be used for MORE than a dressing... like sour cream, alfredo sauce and mayonnaise. But, truth be told, Homemade "Ranch" Dressing was lonely. He longed for something to add more color to his life.

Then finally, the earth came together and plain ol' salad met Homemade "Ranch" Dressing.

And they lived happily ever after... in my tummy! :)

Homemade "Ranch" Dressing
This recipe was inspired by Vegan for a Year

1-1/2 cups raw cashews, unsalted
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon sea salt
1/4 cup cold-pressed sunflower oil
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon organic pure cane sugar
1 stalk organic celery, cut into about 3 sticks
1 organic carrot, cut into about 3 sticks (or 3 baby carrots)
splash of white wine vinegar

In a blender, mix the first 4 ingredients on low. Gradually get speed of blender to high, adding oil slowly, as needed. Blend until mixture is creamy (like sour cream). Add the remaining 5 ingredients and blend on high until throughly mixed. Add more water, if needed. Enjoy on salads or sandwiches. Use as a dip for veggies. Or warm it up and serve on pasta.