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Is there such a thing as a creamy dairy-free salad dressing?

sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 02:08 PM

I am planning to serve a guilt-free buffalo chicken salad on Super Bowl Sunday. Lots of flavor and pretty hot, so I would like serve the usual blue cheese or ranch dressing. There is problem---one of our guest can not have dairy because of food allergy. I thought I see if there creamy dairy free salad dressing available before ditching the idea of serving the buffalo chicken salad.

Homemade recipes or store bought salad dressings would be great!

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  1. MMRuth RE: sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 02:19 PM

    I make salad dressing with mayonnnaise sometimes - I add vinegar or lemon juice, olive oil and chives. You could make a variation of that with the blue cheese.

    1. weinstein5 RE: sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 02:20 PM

      Sams Club sells a great Vidalia Creamy Vinegarette dressing - It is a righx mis of tangy and creamy - it is one of mye faborite dressings/marinades/dips


      It is kosher pareve so it is dairy free -

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        FlavoursGal RE: sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 02:20 PM

        Check out the kosher section of your supermarket, if there is one. Most kosher salad dressings are dairy-free ("pareve"), and some are "creamy."

        1. wyf4lyf RE: sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 02:56 PM

          You can try using soy sour cream instead of dairy in whatever recipe you choose.

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            budlit RE: sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 03:03 PM

            you can make a creamy dressing by pureeing silken tofu, but I don't know what you can sub for the bleu cheese. You could definitely do ranch with lots of fresh herbs.

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              Kevin Andrew Murphy RE: sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 04:02 PM

              Trouble is you're wanting something to cut the fire of the buffalo chicken and that's what the dairy is for.

              I'd go with a lemon herb dressing "creamed" by addition of mayonnaise. Here's my recipe:

              Nasturtium Goddess Dressing:
              Juice of 3 lemons
              Equal amounts of olive oil, canola oil and mayonnaise (proportional to the amount of lemon juice)
              2 TBS sugar
              1 tsp salt
              1 tsp white pepper
              Dash of Worcestershire sauce
              1 bunch green onions
              1 bunch fresh Italian parsley (flat-broad leaves)
              1 bunch nasturtium leaves or 1 bunch watercress

              Put all ingredients for the Dressing into a blender or food processor and puree until they become a smooth paste.

              Nasturtium leaves give the sauce a bright peppery flavor. Dill can also be used as an additional ingredient.

              It's a knockout green dressing that should be able to cool the fire from the buffalo chicken. It's also good for dipping veggies and pretzels.

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                ben61820 RE: sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 04:51 PM

                yeah, i think mayo is the thing for you.

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                  nyctravelguide RE: sarahbeth Jan 17, 2007 05:17 PM

                  Check the ingredients in Walden Farms calorie free dressing.

                  Also try making an alternative using Tahini.


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                    amsnv RE: sarahbeth Jan 25, 2007 05:34 PM

                    Try Nasoya brand if you don't feel like making something from scratch. They have refrigerated creamy dressings and shelf-stable ones - website is www.nasoya.com.

                    If you want to make your own, I have heard good things about tofutti's better than sour cream. These tofu sour cream recipes might help if you are working from scratch - http://www.godairyfree.org/index.php?...

                    I do agree though, the non-dairy "creamy" items don't quell the fire as well as traditional dairy.

                    1. pancake RE: sarahbeth Jan 25, 2007 07:58 PM

                      renee's brand is good because it lists which dressings are dairy free - I believe the cesear is dairy-free.

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                        LisaN RE: sarahbeth Jan 25, 2007 08:23 PM

                        That salad sounds good, would you please post the recipe?

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                          sarahbeth RE: LisaN Jan 28, 2007 03:39 PM

                          Here is the recipe. It is adapted from Rachael Ray's Buffalo Chicken Salad recipe. I also add other veggies that I have available like grape tomatoes, red onion slices or avocado.

                          2 hearts romaine lettuce, chopped
                          1 cup shredded carrots, available in pouches
                          2 ribs celery with greens, chopped
                          1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
                          1 pound, chicken tenders, cut into bite size pieces
                          1 tablespoon vegetable oil
                          2 tablespoons butter
                          Salt and black pepper
                          1/4 cup hot sauce

                          Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat.
                          Combine lettuce, carrots,celery and blue cheese crumbles in a salad bowl.
                          Add oil and butter to hot pan with the chicken. Season with salt and pepper and sear for 2 or 3 minutes, then add hot sauce. Reduce heat a little and cook 5 minutes more.

                          Toss salad with dressing and season with salt and pepper. Top salad with Buffalo chicken and serve.

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                          Lanyboy RE: sarahbeth Jan 25, 2007 09:14 PM

                          Place a chopped avocado in your blender, add a little lemon juice, balsamic vinegar. Slowly drizzle in some extra virgin olive oil until you have a creamy vinagrette. Salt and pepper, a little of anything else you like for flavor, an herb? This recipe helped me lose a lot of weight and introduce more vegetable servings to my diet. Delicious too.

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                            byeCalihelloBahamas RE: sarahbeth Jan 26, 2007 07:02 AM

                            I am allergic to dairy and am not able to eat mayo or sour cream. Neither are dairy free. Maybe it's different for your friend...

                            A lot of specialty/gourmet food stores sell dressings that are dairy-free.

                            It's nice of you to go out of your way for your friend, good luck!

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                              piccola RE: byeCalihelloBahamas Jan 26, 2007 06:47 PM

                              mayo should be dairy-free - it's eggs and oil.

                              you can make dressing using silken tofu or tahini instead of sour cream.

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                              flourless RE: sarahbeth Jan 28, 2007 09:36 AM

                              Honey mustard dressing? I'm dairy free and if I dip my hot wings in anything I usually do them in Honey mustard.

                              3/4 C mayo
                              3T honey
                              2 T mustard
                              1T lemon juice
                              pinch of salt and pepper.

                              mix well.

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                                pebblez RE: sarahbeth Jan 28, 2007 05:36 PM

                                I am a cook/manager at a restaurant and I have a dairy allergy so what I do is use non-dairy creamer. Most people dont know that restaurants use this for recipe's that call for milk.I use it in our homemade cream pies, breakfast gravy,mashed potatoes and so on. I buy it in bulk from our food service. In fact it is actually better than milk because it makes everything you use it in creamier.

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                                  flourless RE: pebblez Jan 29, 2007 05:25 PM

                                  Out of curiosity, what kind of non-dairy creamer do you get that doesn't have sodium caseinate (milk protein derivitive) in it?

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                                  Rory RE: sarahbeth Jan 28, 2007 06:43 PM

                                  Your're kidding about the non-dairy creamer? It's full of chemicals & probably worse with hydrogenated fat....yikes!

                                  1. wowimadog RE: sarahbeth Feb 1, 2007 06:24 PM

                                    this spicy chipotle dressing would work well: http://www.mipmup.com/rdm/2006/08/tac...

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                                      ohritz RE: sarahbeth Feb 12, 2009 05:41 AM

                                      We use Organicville's Non Dairy Ranch for my son.


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