Oops sorry! I was meaning to but I forgot. Here is the basic recipe, I'll post it and then tell you how I changed it up.
1-1/2 c nuts (cashew or mac or combo)
soak them for a creamier dressing (1-2 hr is fine, then drain)
3/4 - 1 c filtered water for blending
3 T lemon juice
(translates into approx 1/2 lemon)
1/3 c cider vinegar
1/3 c evoo
3 T agave ( or 3 soaked dates)
2 cloves garlic
1 t garlic pwd
3 t onion pwd
1 t dill
1 T sea salt
1/2 t basil
and to add after it done:
1/4 c finely minced parsley
1/2 t dill
makes 3 cups
serving size 2 T
vitamix blend all ingredients till creamy and smooth except the last 2, then stir them in.
thickens in fridge.
*When I make it, I don't add the dill and parsley at the end, it makes it all thick and weird. I sometimes leave the parsley out all together (for a more basic whiter ranch) or other times, I blend a teeny bit of parsley with the cashews at the beginning, turning the sauce a light green and giving it a more "gourmet" taste and look)
*I also usually make a little less, using about 1 cup of soaked cashews. I have never added lemon juice. I just use 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar (you have to get the RAW unfiltered kind-the pasteurized, filtered kind is worthless shit).
*I don't add any agave or dates. Just isn't necessary in my opinion but you could play around with that.
*I've never used any onion powder, but it might be good (although probably not raw) or garlic powder either...
*I use way more than the amount of garlic they call for, and I brown it verrrrryyyyy slightly in some coconut oil before adding it in. So my ranch is technically not 100% raw. I don't like it with the raw garlic. Raw garlic is just too much for me, I can only do it if I'm trying to use it medicinally. But taste-wise? No thanks.
*I never measure the basil or dill. I just add a lot.
That's it! It's yummy!
I have noticed that adding kale or cilantro still makes a delicious smoothie that is very easy to drink.
You've been adding cilantro
to your fruit smoothies? Gahhh! I can't imagine. Cilantro is for mexican food, for me.
If you want to make your smoothies super healthy and see noticeable difference in your skin, add soaked/ground flaxseed to them. There was a thread about that around here awhile ago.