Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Hemp Ranch Dressing

Yields: 2 cups

Our version of this classic is rich and creamy without the dairy! With hemp seeds as the base, this dressing is high in protein, vitamins and minerals, and essential fatty acids.

by Chef Alicia M. Ojeda


1 1/2 cups hemp seeds

1 cup water

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 Tablespoons nutritional yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon Sea Salt

1/4 teaspoon dried dill or dried basil

1 pinch black pepper


Place all ingredients except for the dried herbs in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Add the herbs and pulse them into the blender, being careful not to over-blend because it will turn your dressing green.

Store in the refrigerator in a sealed glass jar. Will keep for up to 7-10 days.


To serve this dressing as a dip, be sure to make it in advance as it thickens when it is well-chilled. Serve with your favorite crunchy vegetables at your next party.

For an onion dip stir in 1/4 cup dried onion flakes.

Serving Suggestion:

For a classic "garden salad" enjoy Hemp Ranch Dressing over a bed of romaine greens tossed with shaved red cabbage, shredded carrots, and sweet cherry tomatoes, sprinkled with nutri­tional yeast for extra creaminess.

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