Dairy-free Ranch Dressing

Are you craving creamy ranch dressing but don’t want the dairy or the other artificial ingredients that the big Kraft bottle contains? Well, if so, I have good news for you: you can make it from scratch at home and it’s delicious. My vegan dairy-free ranch dressing recipe is creamy, flavorful and perfect for salads or even dipping pizza.

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This ranch dressing recipe is so simple, easy, tasty and delicious; you won’t even miss the dairy. I promise. It’s full of healthy, superfoods and the perfect amount of salty savory sour pizazz. You can’t go wrong.

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Dairy-free Ranch Dressing

Yields approx 1 ⅓ cups

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INGREDIENTS

● 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt (i.e. Kite Hill)

● 1/2 cup vegan mayo

● 1/4 cup non-dairy milk

● 2 teaspoons white vinegar

● 2 tablespoons olive oil

● 1 clove garlic

● 1 teaspoon salt

● 1 teaspoon dill (see notes)

● 1 handful fresh parsley leaves (about . cup)

● 1 handful chives (about . cup)

● 1 white pepper (see notes)

DIRECTIONS

1. Place all INGREDIENTS into a high speed blender and blend on medium for about 20 seconds.

Then high for a quick 5 seconds. Everything should be blended evenly and thoroughly.

2. Enjoy!

Fall Kale Apple Salad || Avocado Dressing

It’s just about Thanksgiving already, and I'm trying to keep it healthy around here, which isn't too hard when I keep the pantry filled with things like winter squash, apples, citrus, onions, kale, rice, tofu, beans and toasted nuts and seeds. 

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But come next week, I'm sure there will be cookies, candy, meat and dairy looming. In that case, this kale and apple salad makes a perfect addition to the Thanksgiving menu. It's fresh, full of seasonal (Autumn), local produce like apples, kale and onions. Not to mention, it’s also high in antioxidants, fiber and healthy fats. No grains, refined sugar, dairy, cream or mayonnaise in this recipe. It will add a lovely punch of color to your overall Thanksgiving table as well. 

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Have you noticed that most of the traditional Thanksgiving dishes are white or brown? Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, onions, rolls, rice, and even marshmallow yams and creamed corn are dull in color. 

Make it your job this year to be sure to balance each white/brown dish with something colorful, bright and fresh. There are so many ways to make lasting memories with healthy plant-based foods (no just unhealthy foods) like roasted brussels sprouts or carrots, chopped kale salad, butter lettuce salads, baked acorn squash, steamed asparagus, mashed sweet potatoes and so on. 

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AVOCADO DRESSING RECIPE

Yields ½  cup dressing

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 avocado, peel removed, core removed

  • 1 lemon juice only

  • 1 Tbsp tahini

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 3 Tbsp rice vinegar

  • 1 Tbsp agave nectar or honey

  • ½ tsp sea salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a Vitamix or high speed blender, blend well until smooth (as shown in photo).

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KALE & APPLE SALAD RECIPE

yields: 2 large dinner salads or 4 side dishes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head lacinato kale or 6 cups baby kale

  • 1 lemon, juice only

  • 1½  crispy cold granny smith apple

  • ½ cup raisins

  • 3 scallions

  • 1½ cup almond slivers

  • 2 small shallots

  • Drizzle of honey

  • 1 tsp olive oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. On a baking dish, place the slivered almonds. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

  3. Remove apple cores or cut in half and slice around the core and seeds. Chop apple into small pieces or wedges. Set aside and sprinkle with lemon juice from half the lemon.

  4. If you’re using lacinato kale, remove thick stems and chop the leaves very finely. Put kale in a bowl, sprinkle with half the lemon juice. Toss and set aside.

  5. Chop shallots into thin slices, and coat with olive oil and honey. Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Check on them every five minutes, tossing to prevent burning.

  6. Meanwhile, chop scallions into thin slices as garnish.

  7. In a large salad bowl, combine all of the ingredients together and toss.

  8. Add the avocado dressing and toss again.