Good lactose-free ranch dressing?
August 15, 2006 11:43 PM   Subscribe

Good lactose-free ranch dressing?

I like ranch. My stomach doesn't. Provide me with good fake ranch. (Mostly for dipping chicken tenders and things)
posted by sirion to Food & Drink (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This was on a site which has a ton of lactose-free recipes.
posted by essexjan at 1:23 AM on August 16, 2006

Ranch dressing is mayo, sour cream and herbs and spices. Sour cream is supposed to be cultured cream which has had the lactose all consumed by bacteria.

Who knows whats in commerical ranch dressings, but if you make your own you should be fine. Be careful that when you get sour cream you get actual cultured cream and not dairy mixed with all kinds of thickeners which may still have lactose. The Daisy brand is good about that.
posted by jefftang at 7:27 AM on August 16, 2006

You can try this:

Delicious Dairy-free Ranch Dressing
Makes: 1 pint

1 cup tofu sour cream (recipe below)
1 cup vegenaise
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt

Thoroughly mix the above ingredients.

Tofu "Sour Cream"
This recipe makes 1 quart.

2 lb fresh silken tofu (e.g. Denver Tofu Co. or Nasoya)
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp salt
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 heaping Tbsp rice syrup

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

or this:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
7 1/2 tablespoons soy milk
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

or, if you can find a packet of the mix that doesn't have dairy in it, use 1/2 c. to 1 c. of plain soymilk (depending on how runny you want your dressing) instead of the milk that it calls for. You won't be able to taste the soy (for those who have issue w/ soy).
posted by bolognius maximus at 7:30 AM on August 16, 2006

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