Of course, and I can just as well say it now, you can never make vegan ranch dressing. What? But you just told us this was vegan ranch dressing! Yes, but you can never make vegan ranch dressing, you can only try to make something similar, and I will dare to say that this dressing can remind you, even if ever so slightly, of ranch dressing -- at least if you have not tasted ranch dressing for many years. So new vegans and non-vegans, this is just a delicious dressing -- do not think about ranch! Anyways, I am still going to call this ranch dressing -- do not get confused!
This dressing relies on coconut milk for flavor. I am just amazed at what coconut milk/cream can do -- I use it everywhere, and I think it adds a very special flavor to dressings. I have already shared with you my coconut based Vegan Sour Cream and Sweet Coconut Cream Topping, which I encourage you to try. And then there is this ranch dressing that I am sharing today, and again it is the coconut that does the trick. Some lemon juice, garlic powder, and yeast flakes are added to build flavor, and you are free to add any other ranch-style flavorings and herbs you would like! The base for this dressing can be either cooked macaroni or cooked soybeans. Personally, I like the macaroni for this, as they allow the dressing to be snow white. You could also use crumbled silken tofu if you wish. The dressing should be served cold, so it is perfect to make ahead.
I really want to know what you think about the flavor. Please share in the comments!
Vegan Ranch Dressing
Yields: about 3 c.
2 c. cooked macaroni (1 c. uncooked) or cooked soybeans
1 1/2 c. coconut milk
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. nutritional yeast flakes, optional
2 tsp. salt
1 to 2 tsp. lemon juice
dash cayenne, optional
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or chives
1. Blend everything except parsley or chives in blender till smooth. Pulse in parsley or chives.
2. Serve cold.
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