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

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. 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. 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 -

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

          1. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. yeah, i think mayo is the thing for you.

                1. Check the ingredients in Walden Farms calorie free dressing.

                  Also try making an alternative using Tahini.


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

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

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                        1. re: LisaN

                          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.

                        2. 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.

                          1. 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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                            1. re: byeCalihelloBahamas

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

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

                            2. 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.

                              1. 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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                                1. re: pebblez

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

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

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