Dairy-free Avocado Ranch Dressing

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I absolutely love salads!  It’s the versatility of the thing.  From pasta salads, to taco salads, to tossed salads, the possibilities are endless!!  All you gotta do is through together a bunch of veggies of your choice, add meat, don’t add meat, add a carb, don’t add a carb-it’s up to you.  You can totally make it your own unique yummy creation.  However, we all know that the star of the show is the dressing!  Sweet, tangy, spicy whatever your tickles your fancy, just make sure it’s yummy and it’ll certainly be an easy breezy crowd pleaser.

I have to admit, this was inspired by the Chik-fila Avocado Lime Ranch dressing.  So far this Spring/Summer I’ve been addicted to their Spicy Southwest Salad with that dressing.  But, of course it contains egg and dairy, so it’s not allergy-friendly for us.  So I got to thinkin’, like I often do, “how can I recreate this safely at home?” And the light bulb went off!  It’s soooo easy!  Seriously, this was a no-brainer…pondering time was like 30 seconds flat.

I made this Avocado Ranch dressing by simply taking Hampton Creek’s Just Ranch and throwing in some “special additions”.  It was quick, easy, safe, and turned out Delicious!  Try this.  Trust me-you won’t be disappointed!

What’s your favorite summer salad? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

 

Dairy-free Avocado Ranch Dressing – serves a variable amount

 

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bottle of Hampton Creek Just Ranch
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • dash of salt

 

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Add Just Ranch to blender.  Slice avocado in half and remove pit.  Scoop the flesh from one half of the avocado and add to blender.  Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.  If it’s too think just add some water a little at a time until you get the right consistency for you.  We liked it thick and creamy.  Enjoy!

 

 

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Allergy-friendly Shopping Haul

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Hi guys!

I know…I’ve had writer’s block for like a year and a half.  At this point…you can’t even make excuses or try to give reasonable explanations for that long of a hiatus, you just have to apologize ( I am truly sorry), ask for forgiveness (please forgive me), and do better.  Which, I plan to do.  I got my second wind…and I’m about to soar!

Okay, moving along….here’s today’s post.  It’s a haul! Yay!

Keep in mind, as always…what we consider allergy-friendly (milk-free, egg-free) may not be allergy-friendly for you.  Always, always check ingredients.  So, here’s a little about each of the items in today’s haul.

Hampton Creek’s Just Italian:  Love it!  Tastes great! A little heavy on the spice though. I found it at Walmart, so I didn’t have to search multiple stores, which is great. No egg, No dairy…win! win!

Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo:  Ya’ll know I love this stuff! ‘Nuff said.

Sky Valley’s Korean BBQ sauce:  It’s vegan, so I’m excited to try it.  I haven’t yet, but i’ll be particularly surprised if it tastes even remotely authentic.  My best friend is half Korean, so I’ve eaten a fair share of Korean BBQ so far in my adult life, and i’ll probably judge this stuff pretty hard. I’ll keep you guys posted.

Organicville Marinara Sauce:  It’s vegan, so it gets my vote right there, and it happens to taste fabulous! It has just the right amount of spice, not too overwhelming.  I get it at Target, so it’s fairly easy to find.  I do have one complaint about it, it’s kind of thin in consistency, but you can fix that by adding a bit of tomato paste to it.  However, if you add paste, you may have to do some seasoning additions as well, particularly sugar.  But, all in all, it’s my go-to jar marinara sauce.

Hampton Creek’s Just Cookies: They’re dairy free, and egg free.  I found these at Target and was super stoked!  But, when I looked on the back of the package, it did say “may contain milk”…bummer:(  That means, I won’t be giving it to my DS because of the risk of contamination, but my husband and I will eat them.  I got the chocolate chip, and they were really, really good.

Hampton Creek’s Just Ranch:  Best. Dressing. Ever…that’s all I’ve got to say.

Have you tried any of these products?  If so, leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts!