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July 2010

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Tangy Ranch Dressing

Recently, tempeh and I have fallen back into favour. Due to botched kitchen experiments, there was a time when tempeh and I were sworn enemies. A couple months ago, at the location of my favourite lunch spot, I decided to give tempeh another go, served with a glorious jerk-style rice bowl. Man oh man. Tempeh is amazing! It has such a wonderful texture! I did learn a couple lessons, though, which I want to share with you should you partake in tempeh cookage:

1) Always boil or steam it for 10 minutes prior to doing anything else with it. This eliminates it’s bitterness.
2) Always trust your instinct when it comes to marinades!!
Now the reason I’m talking about tempeh is because I decided that I wanted a BLT sandwich, and being creative like us vegans tend to be, decided to marinate and fry tempeh in place of the bacon. I also have no memories of eating BLTs, so it was a really random craving. I mean, what goes on them, aside from the obvious bacon, lettuce, and tomato? Mayo? That seemed too boring. Ranch dressing? Bingo! But since I couldn’t find any recipe that I had all of the ingredients for, I had to fudge together my own version. And you know what? It’s totally easy to make and delicious and tangy, the perfect condiment for a BLT!
Tangy Ranch Dressing
This is really more of a spread than a dressing, because I wanted something I could use as a condiment to my BLT sandwich. If you want to use it as a dressing, just thin it out with soy (or other) milk – start with a couple tablespoons and keep adding in small increments until your desired consistency has been achieved.

1 pkg soft tofu
2 large green onions, white part only
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp agave nectar (or another sweetener, but agave rocks)
1 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend! I used my Magic Bullet because I hate doing small blending jobs in my big blender.
This makes about 1 1/2 cups, so be sure to use it all up! Use it with your wraps and sandwiches, and make gloriously creamy salads! And definitely, definitely use this as a veggie dip! I was never a huge ranch dressing fiend like some people are, but I’m assuming there are many ways you can use it beyond what I’ve suggested. Have fun!
P.S. If you didn’t notice, there’s no picture for this recipe. My skillz are not yet at the level of making white creamy stuff look good in a photo. But I’m sure you know what ranch dressing looks like.