Ok, here's the deal. We're plant-based, not sadists. If this lifestyle sucked, we probably wouldn't have been able to do it. Most swaps we make to turn something "vegan" really aren't even noticeable. I mean, have you tried Mom's Chocolate Chip Cookies yet? YUM!
I'm not lying when I say that on this diet, your gut flora actually change and you begin to crave healthier foods like salad *gasp*. But even so, salads taste way better with dressing! So since we aren't sadists, we still recommend putting a little ranch or green goddess on your salad. In this installment of THROWDOWN, we will be comparing our homemade ranch dressing and Follow Your Heart's Ranch.
Mom and I are in Oregon taking care of the grandparents, which gives us the opportunity to shop at one of the most magical grocery stores, Fred Meyer. I have a soft spot in my heart for Freddy's because it was within walking distance of my college, back when I didn't have a car. And coming up into Southern Oregon, where a lot of hippies come to retire, the grocery stores are PACKED with vegan friendly goodies! Follow Your Heart is an awesome company that makes amazing vegan cheese, salad dressing, and vegan mayonnaise. Although their ranch dressing is pretty tasty, I have to say that homemade tastes a bit better. Maybe it's the chunks of garlic? Hmmm, but if you aren't feeling your inner Ina Garten, "store bought is just fine."
Homemade Ranch Dressing - based off of a recipe from the Pioneer Woman
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups Just Mayo or other vegan mayonnaise
2 T dried parsley
2 T dried dill
1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper (or to taste)
1/2 tsp vinegar
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
dash of Siracha sauce
1/4 cup plain almond or soy milk, soured with a dash of vinegar. Make very sure you do not have vanilla flavored milk or Julia will be displeased.
In a small bowl, smush the garlic and salt together. Add the Mayo and mix well.
Add all other ingredients except the milk. Use a whisk to make sure the dressing is well blended. Taste, taste, taste to get the seasonings the way you like. Once you're happy, slowly stir in the soured milk until you have the consistency that you prefer in a dressing.
Now go eat a salad.