Posts Tagged ‘salad dressing’

Umami Sauce

July 18, 2013

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I have made batch after batch of this creamy sauce, adapted from Dr. Andrew Weil’s cookbook True Food, and never tire of it.  I have used it as a salad dressing, but it can also be used to enhance the flavor of ground beef, roasted fish, steamed vegetables and any number of other uses (like this recipe for stir-fried Brussels sprouts,  or stuffed potatoes with broccoli.

It is super creamy and thick, pungent with garlic, with a rich savoriness. The thickness does not come from mayonnaise or oil, but mostly from nutritional yeast, a powerhouse source of vitamins, minerals and protein.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

June 16, 2011

Ranch dressing is nice as a dip for raw vegetables.

Why use the mix when you can make homemade?

Authentic ranch dressing requires buttermilk, but since I rarely have that around, I used a combination of Greek yogurt thinned with some half-n-half (milk would have been fine–I just needed to use up the half-n-half). The usual ratio is 1/3 buttermilk, 1/3 sour cream, and 1/3 mayo. (more…)