Planning to refrigerate this dressing? Make sure to use it up within 5 days otherwise it won’t taste that great…
- To soften your cashews, soak them in filtered water for at least 2 hours. Once you’re done, rinse them carefully and discard the soaking liquid.
- If you end up with a super runny dressing after trying out this recipe, don’t panic! Just add an additional cup of soaked cashews to your mixture and it’ll be perfect.
Did you know? People usually soak their cashews in boiled water for 10 minutes when in a hurry. Unfortunately, this rapid way kills all the live enzymes present in cashews, making them harder to digest.
B. Ranch Dressings
Want a simple healthy dressing that’s made with only 5 ingredients? Since this homemade ranch dressing is free from preservatives, it will last up to 1 week in the fridge.
- For your mayonnaise to look like the ones in the pictures, use a food processor instead of an emulsion blender. Not doing so might result in your mayonnaise looking like oil.
- Invest in some good olive oil so that your healthy dressing won’t have too much of a strong taste.
- The temperature and the size of the egg you’re using makes a huge difference in getting the right consistency. If your dressing is too runny, add one more egg yolk to your mixture. Proceed by blending the yolk and the dressing together until you obtain a fluffy and thick dressing.
- Instead of using only dried dill, use 1 tablespoon of the homemade ranch mix (see just below). This will leave your ranch dressing bursting with flavors.
Homemade Ranch Mix
Mix all the following ingredients together and keep in an airtight container.
- Dried parsley (1 tablespoon)
- Dried dill weeds (½ teaspoon)
- Garlic powder (1 teaspoon)
- Onion powder (1 teaspoon)
- Dried onion flakes (1 teaspoon)
- Ground black pepper (½ teaspoon)
- Dried chives (½ teaspoon)
- As mentioned earlier, avoid using light-tasting olive oil. Instead, use avocado oil or macadamia oil.
This healthy dressing proves that dairy free and vegan dressings aren’t always boring and tasteless. Fresh herbs and lemon juice – just what you need for a tangy flavor!
Great to know:
- In this dressing, the cashews act as a thickener. So, don’t forget to add them unless you don’t mind ending up with a much thinner dressing with a consistency like that of coconut milk.
- If you’re allergic to cashews, no worries. Just refrigerate your coconut milk and use the cream to get a thick, healthy dressing.
- Thinking of subbing the cashews with some almonds? Don’t forget to blanch and soak them prior to using them. Otherwise you’ll obtain almond butter!
Nothing beats a good homemade ranch dressing, free from preservatives and additives. Dijon, mayonnaise and yogurt – 3 ingredients that pack such a flavorful burst that you’ll never go for store-bought ranch dressings ever again.
- Make this dressing dairy free by subbing the plain yogurt with some coconut milk yogurt.
Do you know what makes this ready-in-5-minutes ranch dressing so special? Well, it’s so creamy and deliciously rich that, once you taste it, you’ll rave about pairing this healthy dressing with all your summer salads and veggie sticks.
Great to know: To avoid having a runny dressing, make sure to use both the fat (the solid matter) and the liquid found in the coconut milk can. However, you should know that the thickness of the coconut milk varies from brand to brand. And since this dressing is free from added thickeners and emulsifiers, it won’t come out as thick as the store-bought ones.
Not a coconut fan? You can still try this healthy dressing. You see, the subtle coconutty flavor will gradually fade away as the flavors of the various herbs meld.
- For a brighter and fresher note, sub the apple cider vinegar for some lemon juice.
- Add a lovely tang to your dressing by using half a can of coconut milk and replacing the other half with some homemade coconut yogurt. Here’s how you prep it: simply add a tablespoon of sauerkraut juice to some coconut milk and let it ferment overnight.
C. Caesar Dressings
Don’t worry about the anchovies in this recipe. There’s just a few so they won’t taste strong. If you’re not a fan of these little fishes, you can accompany your salad with some shrimps or chicken instead.
- Since this recipe calls for raw eggs, this healthy dressing can be refrigerated for up to one week.
- Although this dressing keeps well in the fridge, freezing it isn’t a good idea.
- Don’t have anchovies at home? No problem! Just use 1-2 teaspoons of anchovy paste.
- Again, use extra-virgin olive oil, macadamia oil, or avocado oil instead of light-tasting olive oil.
If you like your Caesar dressings to be very piquant, then this healthy dressing fits the bill.
Tip: Can’t seem to get the egg and oil to thicken up? Just sub these ingredients with ½ cup of avocado mayonnaise for a scrumptious healthy dressing.
Toss some romaine lettuce, kale, and grilled chicken with this healthy dressing and you’ll feel like you’re eating a Caesar salad from a fancy restaurant. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
- For a thicker dressing, blend some cooked turnip with the ingredients mentioned in the recipe.
- Instead of fish sauce, you can use anchovy paste.
- Can’t tolerate fish? Just sub the fish sauce with some coconut aminos.
This healthy dressing adds so much zing and zip to salads that it will soon become a mainstay in your kitchen. Egg yolk, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, anchovy paste and Parmesan are the stars of this recipe.
- Instead of using store-bought Dijon mustard, you can make your own. Or you could purchase a Dijon mustard which contains nothing but vinegar, water, mustard seeds, salt, and pepper. You see, commercial mustard sauces rely on lots of chemicals, artificial flavors, and sweeteners like HFCS to cut costs.
Have you ever tried a tomato vinaigrette before? If you haven’t, you definitely have to try this recipe. It’s super easy to make and calls for everyday use ingredients.
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