Egg Free Ranch Dressing

Note: This recipe has dairy, but no eggs. It actually comes out BETTER than Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, though.

Ingredients:

1/4 c Just Mayo
1/4 c yogurt (not the whey, just the solid part)
fresh ground black pepper
salt to taste
2.5 tsp Hidden Valley Ranch mix
1 tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp cholula
1/4-1/2 tsp Ploughman’s mustard

Directions:

Mix well and enjoy!

Tastes great with salad, as a pizza dip, or a vegetable dip.

NOTE: You can add fresh chopped dill, fresh chopped spinach, and the giardiniera mix from Potbelly’s sandwich shop for a phenomenal dip. It IS a bit spicy, though, so watch it with the Potbelly mix if you can’t tolerate spicy food.

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Hidden Valley Ranch Mix

This is an imitation of those Hidden Valley Ranch packets they sell everywhere. It actually tastes better though 🙂

Ingredients:

1/4 cup dry buttermilk powder (they sell this at Walmart)
2 tablespoons dried minced onion
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried celery flakes
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed

Directions:

Mix everything together.

To use mix, you can make it the following ways:

  • Mix yogurt and milk, add a spoonful of mix
  • Mix mayo and sour cream, add a spoonful of mix

Ambrosia Salad

Mix:

1 bag Kraft miniature marshmallows (white or colored)
1 can mandarin oranges (or fresh)
1 can crushed pineapple (or cubed)
1 c toasted chopped pecans (or walnuts)
1 c baker’s coconut (or fresh)
1/2 c maraschino cherries (optional)
1 c halved red seedless grapes (optional)
1/2 c sour cream (or vanilla yogurt)
1/2 c whipping cream (or cool whip)(optional)
2 tbsp sugar (optional)
cinnamon (optional)
nutmeg (optional)

Optional:

diced mango
diced papaya
diced banana
diced apples

 

 

 

Spicy Szechuan Salad

Salad:

1 small head crinkly Chinese cabbage, sliced in long, thin strips
1 small head red or purple cabbage, sliced in long, thin strips
2 c fresh bean sprouts
2 c fresh alfa alfa sprouts
1 or 2 carrots, cut into julianne strips
8 radishes, thinly sliced

Dressing:

1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 tsp dried basil, pounded in a mortar and pestle
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/3 c wine vinegar
1/3 c soy sauce
1/3 c sesame oil
1 tbsp hot chili flavored sesame oil

Rice Salad

Ingredients:

3 c water
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt
1 pinch saffron
1/2 c converted rice (?)
1/2 c oil
2-3 tbsp white vinegar
fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Bring water to boil.
  2. Add bay leaf, salt, saffron.
  3. Stir in the rice so the water never stops boiling.
  4. Reduce heat to low or warm.
  5. Cover and let cook 11-13 min.
  6. Toss with fork.
  7. Drain the rice and add oil, vinegar, and some fresh ground black pepper. Let it cook with this sauce. Then add:

Add:

2/3 c finely chopped onion
1/3 c finely chopped seeded tomato
1/2 c finely chopped celery
1/2 c finely chopped green pepper
1/4 c raisins
1/2 c pinenuts
1/3 c chopped parsley

Toss well. Add more oil and vinegar and seasoning to taste.

Spoon into salad bowl.

Decorate with sliced eggs and tomatoes.

Serve very cold.

Tomato Salad

Okay, I’ve been having cupcakes for breakfast the past few days, I need to switch gears to something healthy.

The key to this recipe is the quality of the tomatoes. The recipe aims to bring out the natural flavor of the tomatoes, not disguise them with too many spices or dressings.

Recipe is for one person. Scale up accordingly.

Ingredients are approximate, as tomato sizes and personal preferences vary. If you’re not sure, start out on the low end, and slowly add more, tasting as you go, until it’s just right for you.

Ingredients:

1 tomato (vine ripe, campari, roma, whatever as long as it is fresh and yummy – you can tell it”s good if you slice the tomato open and it actually smells like tomatoes in your kitchen)

1/2 – 3/4 tsp sugar (to taste)

1/4-1/2 tsp salt (to taste)

1/4-1/2 tsp cumin powder (to taste)

1/8 tsp asafoetida (DO NOT ADD TOO MUCH OF THIS!!!!!!!)

twist of lemon or lime (if you like, it’s totally optional)

Directions:

Slice or dice tomatoes into bowl. Add all the ingredients to the tomatoes.

Mix well. Enjoy.