Gluten Free Ranch Dressing RecipeIt is ironic that often the food we love the most is the very food we must avoid the most. Personally, I was a gluten craving addict before going gluten-free. I know people with citrus allergies who always seem to want orange juice and my g-kid Julian is dairy intolerant but his all time favorite “food” is ranch dressing. Seriously, the kid will put it on pretty much anything – vegetables, fruit, gluten-free pizza, meat, chicken – you name it. I think I could even get him to eat liver if I offered it with some ranch dressing on the side.
I picked up a bottle of ranch dressing to check out the ingredients and OMG! The chemicals and artificial stuff in there was enough to ban it from my house forever, even if the kid could have dairy.
So, I began mincing, mixing and munching and came up with a tangy, herby dairy free, gluten free ranch dressing of my own. No funky ingredients, no dairy, no eggs and thanks to the new Vegenaise which is soy free, no soy.
What I love about this recipe is that it can totally be tailored to your own tastes and made your own. Like it more herby? Just add more herbs, and use any kind you prefer; dill would be great. Need it thicker? Just add more Vegenaise. Want more tang? Add a ¼ cup of Vegan Gourmet Dairy Free Sour Cream. Want a kick? Add some Tabasco. Anyway, you get the point.
What food do you crave that you really shouldn’t have?
Gluten Free Ranch Dressing Recipe
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons white or apple cider vinegar
½ cup Vegenaise
2 teaspoons agave (or sweetener of your choice)
1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon dried mustard
¼ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dried oregano
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons chives, finely minced
2 tablespoons Italian flat leave parsley, finely minced
Mix the coconut milk with the lemon juice and vinegar and let sit for 5 minutes. Whisk in the remaining ingredients until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate for at least half an hour to allow the flavors to meld and the dressing to thicken. Keeps well refrigerated for up to one week.
This Gluten Free Ranch Dressing recipe makes 2 cups
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