Making a good salad dressing can be hard if you’re on the paleo diet because you can’t use dairy products. However, there are several great dressings that you can make that aren’t off limits.
Ranch dressing uses dairy products such as buttermilk and mayonnaise, but this special paleo ranch dressing will give you that taste you’ve been craving. To make it, start by soaking 1/2 cup of raw, unsalted cashews overnight and drain them. Next, grind the cashews in a food processor on the grind setting until you have a powder, and then, use the regular setting to make a cashew paste. Next, blend one cup of coconut milk into the mixture a tablespoon at a time. If you want a slightly thinner dressing, then use 3/4 of a cup instead. Once you have a smooth paste, pour the rest of the milk and the juice of a lemon inside. Next add 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and dill as well as a tablespoon of freshly chopped chives or scallions. Mix them all together, and you’ll have an excellent and healthy ranch substitute that can go on any salad or be used as a zesty dip. Without the buttermilk of classic ranch dressing, you won’t have to endure the problems to your digestive system that it can cause.
If you prefer a simple vinaigrette, then this next recipe is for you. All you need to do is mince up 1 1/2 cloves of garlic and put it in a large bowl. Next, add 1/4 cup each of red and white balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons of stone ground mustard, a teaspoon of sea salt, 1 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil, and just a dash of black or white pepper. Mix everything together until the liquids start emulsifying and pour it into a glass bottle. This can also go onto your favorite paleo-friendly salad since olive oil is considered a healthy fat, which is a definite plus on the paleo diet. Also, vinaigrettes like this are always a healthy alternative to creamy dressing whether you’re on the paleo diet or not.
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