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Ranch Dressing

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This homemade Ranch dressing offers a delightful and healthier alternative to the traditional dairy-based version. Crafted with a base of creamy tahini, it is infused with various nutrient-dense ingredients that provide various health benefits.

Tahini, the star ingredient, is a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It is a rich source of healthy fats, including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are known for their cardiovascular-protective properties. Tahini is also an excellent source of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and iron, all of which play crucial roles in maintaining strong bones, regulating blood pressure, and supporting overall bodily functions.

The addition of dried dill not only enhances the flavour profile of this dressing but also contributes to its health benefits. Dill is a herb rich in antioxidants, such as flavonoids and terpenes, which can help neutralize harmful free radicals and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Garlic, another key ingredient, is renowned for its potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Studies have shown that consuming garlic may help support a healthy immune system and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.

The touch of maple syrup in this dressing provides a subtle sweetness while also offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Maple syrup is a natural sweetener that contains polyphenols, which are plant-based compounds that can help protect cells from oxidative stress.

The addition of lemon juice enhances the dressing’s tangy flavour and contributes to its nutritional value. Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient essential for immune function, skin health, and collagen production.

Finally, the black pepper in this recipe adds a subtle heat and complexity to the dressing while also offering potential health benefits. Black pepper contains a compound called piperine, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and to enhance the bioavailability of certain nutrients.

By combining these nutrient-dense ingredients, this dairy-free Ranch dressing becomes a versatile and healthful condiment that can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you’re drizzling it over fresh salads, using it as a dip for raw vegetables, or even incorporating it into marinades or dressings, this creamy and flavourful dressing offers a delicious way to boost the nutritional value of your meals.

Ranch Dressing

Catherine BarclayCatherine Barclay
This dairy-free Ranch dressing is a delightful and healthier alternative to the traditional version. Featuring a base of creamy tahini, it is infused with the bold flavours of dried dill, garlic, and a touch of maple syrup for sweetness.
The tahini provides a rich, nutty base that is high in healthy fats and minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Lemon juice adds a bright, tangy note, while the water helps to create a smooth, pourable consistency.
Whether you're looking to drizzle this dressing over salads, use it as a dip for fresh vegetables, or even as a marinade, this versatile Ranch-style creation offers a nutritious and flavorful option that caters to a variety of dietary needs.
Course Sauce

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup tahini
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Add more water if the sauce doesn't run smoothly.
Keyword cheesy sauce, no oil, plantbased, ranch dressing, tahini based, vegan, wfpb
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Catherine Barclay
Catherine Barclay
Normally you might find me behind the coding of our sites but over the years I have become much more concerned about what has been happening in the kitchen as well - families do that for all of us don't they? Background experience is in Account Management and Web Development but as my passion has grown for WFPB so has my desire to speak out.
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