I was never a big Ranch dressing lover before I went vegan. I didn’t grow up dipping my pizza or hot wings in it. There were no Ranch dressing fountains at parties I went to. To be fair, there are probably a few Ranch dressing enthusiasts who have never enjoyed one of those, though.
Then one day I discovered Naysoya Vegan Dressings. Creamy Dill, Garden Herb Ranch and Wasabi Ranch were some of my favorites from my days of experimenting. I made dips, sandwiches, and fancy mashed potatoes. There were a few months there when I may have gone a little “Ranch Crazy“. I was the most popular gal in town at potlucks and parties. People I knew (vegan or not) with always trying to scam a few bites of my lunches and hinting at ranch dressing dips they wanted me to bring on road trips. Those days are over though; Nasoya doesn’t make those babies anymore. Yes, there are other Vegan Ranch dressings on the market, but they never really spoke to me like those Nasoya dressings did around 2002.
When I was flipping through Betty’s Salad Dressings, I was drawn to her Ranch dressing. Seemed easy enough to veganize and kind of a novelty; like ordering a drink with a baby umbrella. Something new and different than our usual herby olive oil & balsamic vinaigrettes. I even bought a bag of baby carrots just for the occasion.
It’s a little thinner than the store-bought stuff, but it doesn’t have the buttermilk and milk fat that solidifies when it gets cold. I don’t mind it being a bit thinner, though. This is a pretty good salad dressing- actually pretty great with those carrots. I may even try to make another batch of Ranch mashed potatoes with it this weekend. Who knows… I might even make another batch of Hot Wings…
1/2 cup Veganaise
1/4 cup Vegan Coffee Creamer (plain)
1/2 cup Vegan Sour Cream (you can substitute a ripe avocado for the vegan sour cream – it will make it green though)
1 teaspoon Fresh Parsley (finely chopped)
1 1/2 teaspoon Minced Onion (dried)
1 1/2 teaspoon Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids (if you taste it and want more salt, go up to 2 Teaspoons)
2 cloves Garlic (minced)
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
Pinch of Celery Seed
Pinch of Dill
Pinch of Black Pepper
In a bowl, mix all the Ingredients with a whisk or hand mixer. Then, put in an airtight container and refrigerate. Shake well before serving.
SPECIAL BONUS! To enjoy with your Ranch Dressing : Videos of dancing Darth Vaders.