When it’s cold and rainy outside, which these days it certainly is, I find it hard to eat a lot of salad. I often feel more like comforting foods like pasta or baked potatoes lathered in cashew sour cream…mmm… Right, okay, back to what I was saying :-) I just find that I don’t crave a nice big crispy cold salad the same way in the winter as I do in the summer — that’s where this delicious dressing and the whole bowl comes in.
Here I tossed the salad we tossed some hearty lettuce (kale, radicchio, endive and green leaf) with some of the dressing. I then topped the salad with some steamed broccoli and a few pieces of roasted baby sweet potatoes and then I finished the bowl off with a few more teaspoons of the dressing as well as a bit of additional seasoning. Not only was this so very tasty, it also satisfied that comfort-y, yet healthy part my body was craving. I think it’s something about the combination of warm vegetables and the roasted sweet potatoes, along with the creamy dressing that really hits the spot. This was actually our Rouxbe staff lunch the other day, and I can honestly say that everyone really liked it—or so they said :-)
The ingredients are quite simple — and the dressing can whipped together in about 10 minutes, which is a bonus.
Hemp & Dill Ranch Dressing (or dip)
- 3 tbsp minced fresh dill
- 3 green onions, finely minced
- juice of 2 lemons (approx. 1/2 cup)
- 1 cup raw hulled hemp seeds
- 1 to 2 tbsp Dijon mustard*
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp agave (or sweetener of choice)
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup water (or non-dairy milk)**
- sea salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
To make the dressing, place the hemp seeds, lemon juice, Dijon, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast, Worchestershire, agave, a good pinch of salt and pepper and a 1/2 cup of water (or non-dairy milk) into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Check the consistency, adding more water, a bit at a time, as needed.
Once done, pour the dressing into a bowl and add the green onions, fresh dill and stir to combine.
For a more detailed recipe with a few extra notes etc. here is the link to the recipe on Rouxbe.
Hope you enjoy it. If you make it, please feel free to add your feedback to the comments section of the recipe.
Ciao for now,