Creamy Winter House Salad Dressing

This dairy-free salad dressing will help you enjoy dark greens all year long! The secret to it's wonderful taste? Two special ingredients.

This creamy dairy-free dressing has rich undertones from surprising ingredients that make it perfect for dressing salads during the cold winter months.

Lately I’ve been craving big green salads and I’ve been almost obsessed with making this dressing to go over it!

The backstory to this dressing was a beautiful bottle of salad dressing my in-laws gave me from a restaurant up in Canada. My husband and I liked it so much that we were very sad when the bottle was used up. I wanted to create something similar in taste, but their dressing had a long list of ingredients, so I wanted something simpler to make at home. I honed it on two of the ingredients – tahini paste (ground sesame seeds) and tamari (gluten-free soy sauce). It sounds like such a strange addition to salad dressing, and a strange combination too, but it works so well!

When combined with olive oil and vinegar, the tahini adds depth of flavor, richness, and creaminess to the dressing. The tamari adds a more complex saltiness than just salt alone, and a deep satisfying flavor.

These two ingredients appear to be the secret to dressing we enjoyed from Canada, as it does taste very similar, despite being so much simpler.

A word on ingredients:

  • This is a good Organic Tamari brand.
  • Don’t use toasted tahini paste. I’ve been using a wonderful organic tahini paste from Trader Jo’s. This Organic Sesame Paste  looks similar. In the past, some tahini brands have been hard to deal with because the paste had gotten very hard, making it difficult to work with, but this brand and Trader Jo’s shouldn’t be a problem.
  • I prefer raw apple cider vinegar. If you need a substitute, I’d try fresh lemon juice.

I make this in a wide mouth mason jar with a wide mouth plastic mason jar lid (nonreactive lid).

For another dairy-free yet creamy salad dressing, see this other favorite salad dressing that pairs balsamic vinegar and coconut milk. Also, check out my cookbook, Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons for practical, beautiful salads.

This dairy-free salad dressing will help you enjoy dark greens all year long! The secret to it's wonderful taste? Two special ingredients.

Creamy Winter House Dressing

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons tahini paste
  • 1 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce, if not gluten-free)
  • ¼ cup of raw apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions: 

In a quart-sized mason jar (or container of choice), use a fork to combine the tahini paste and tamari, until smooth. Add the vinegar, and stir until smooth. Add the olive oil and stir again until combined. Put on the lid to the jar, tightly, and then shake to completely combine.

Serve right away, or keep refrigerated. Let the dressing sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes, and then shake to recombine ingredients, if refrigerated. (I keep my dressing in the door so that it won’t harden quite as much as when I put it in the back of my fridge).

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Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino NG

By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

This drink is sure to hit the spot on a hot day. It is creamy, slightly sweet, and bursting with vanilla.

Few things are better than drinking a cold icy drink out of a mason jar with a fun straw in the summer. This vanilla bean creme fauxccino is definitely at the top of my list right now. Hot days make me want to wander into a coffee chain and order a nice big blended iced drink. Honest moment here, I may have in the past couple months given in and ordered a few with less syrup and dairy-free milk.

As you know, I am a big fan of fauxccinos for many reasons- they are delicious, so much better for you, less expensive, and easy to whip up! You can have your own ready in less time than it takes to drive to the coffee shop!

This specific fauxccino is coffee free, it’s a milk based drink instead. I used almond milk, but you can adapt to whatever type of milk you prefer. The key to this icy drink is making frozen milk cubes. They ensure that your drink doesn’t become watery.

Other Fauxccinos to Enjoy:

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino

1 cup milk (raw, almond, or coconut)
8 milk ice cubes (raw, almond, or coconut)
2 TBS maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 vanilla bean caviar*
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Whipped cream (optional)

1. Freeze milk of choice in an ice cube tray until solid.

2. *Cut a vanilla bean in half, slice it open. Use the sharp side of the knife to scrape out the caviar (seeds).

3. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.

4. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream if desired.

Vanilla Bean Creme Fauxccino
 
Serves: 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk (raw, almond, or coconut)
  • 8 milk ice cubes (raw, almond, or coconut)
  • 2 TBS maple syrup or raw honey
  • ½ vanilla bean caviar*
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream (optional)
Instructions
  1. Freeze milk of choice in an ice cube tray until solid
  2. *Cut a vanilla bean in half, slice it open. Use the sharp side of the knife to scrape out the caviar (seeds).
  3. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth.
  4. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream if desired.

 

Creamy Grain-Free Porridge

This creamy, flavorful porridge is grain and dairy-free, and is a lovely way to start the day. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?! It also makes a great snack in the afternoon or evening. It’s perfect for those on a Paleo or AIP diet, or just those who enjoy a healthy alternative to grain based porridges. --- The Nourishing Gourmet

This creamy grain-free hot “cereal” is gently spiced with cinnamon and ginger for a delicious and good-for-you breakfast! I discovered this method of making a hot porridge since I started the AIP diet. It only takes a minute to put the ingredients together, and then it gently simmers while I get breakfast for the rest of my family together. The secret ingredient? Cauliflower! It’s crazy how many great things you can do with this vegetable.

I love that I can have a creamy hot cereal again! It’s perfect for those on a grain-free diet, paleo diet, or the AIP diet.

I will mention that my two oldest, who eat grains (one gluten-free, one not) weren’t too sure about this recipe, which is why I make it just for myself. This creamy quinoa breakfast cereal is more to their liking. So if you are eating cream-of-wheat one morning, and then make this the next, don’t expect it to taste similar! But I did find that my one-year-old is a fan, like me. 🙂

Notes on Ingredients:

  • If you can have dairy, this would be scrumptious with cream or half and half.
  • I used this lovely Coconut Cream (gum-free). (Amazon links affiliate)
  • If you weren’t on the AIP diet, you could also try it with homemade almond milk.
  • Find out how to make cauliflower “rice” for this recipe here, but I cheated and used a package from Trader Joe’s. I used their unfrozen though I imagine their frozen would work as well.
  • Cauliflower when at the peak of the season and newly picked can be very very sweet. This recipe would be even better when using such yummy cauliflower.
  • I added this gelatin for added protein and benefits. I also like to eat this with bacon or sausage on the side.

This creamy, flavorful porridge is grain and dairy-free, and is a lovely way to start the day. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?! It also makes a great snack in the afternoon or evening. It’s perfect for those on a Paleo or AIP diet, or just those who enjoy a healthy alternative to grain based porridges. --- The Nourishing Gourmet

Creamy Grain-free Porridge

Notes: I like using the high amount of cinnamon and ginger as it disguises the cauliflower flavor even more. However, the higher amount is on the stronger side so I recommend you start with the smaller amount and only adding more if desired. Though I haven’t tried this yet, I think that if you cooked this, and then let it cool and refrigerated it for 24 hours, that the flavors would be even better. You can also consider adding a bit of vanilla extract, or other spices too! 

Ingredients:

1 cup of cauliflower “rice”, uncooked
½ cup of coconut milk or cream (gum-free, if AIP)
½ cup of water
Dash of Salt
¼-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
¼-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
½ tablespoon pure maple syrup (or desired amount for sweetness)

Instructions:

1. In a small pot, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn down heat to keep to a gentle simmer, and simmer until cauliflower is tender (about seven minutes).

2, Usually, I keep it just like it is, but, if you want it creamier in texture OR if the cauliflower chunks were on the larger size, I recommend briefly pulsing it in a blender or food processor (carefully! The mixture will be hot).

3. Top with berries, diced fruit, toasted coconut flakes, or anything else you’d like!

Serves 1

Creamy Grain-Free Porridge
 
Serves: 1
Cook time:
Total time:
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of cauliflower “rice”, uncooked
  • ½ cup of coconut milk or cream (gum-free, if AIP)
  • ½ cup of water
  • Dash of Salt
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ tablespoon pure maple syrup (or desired amount for sweetness)
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, combine all of the ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Turn down heat to keep to a gentle simmer, and simmer until cauliflower is tender - generally about seven minutes.
  2. Usually, I keep it just like it is, but, if you want it creamier in texture OR if the cauliflower chunks were on the larger size, I recommend briefly pulsing it in a blender or food processor (carefully! The mixture will be hot).
  3. Top with berries, diced fruit, toasted coconut flakes, or anything else you’d like!

 

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)

This frothy and creamy white hot chocolate is dairy-free and made with healthy ingredients! It's inspired by The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, but it's lovely to enjoy with any book! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

By Katie Mae Stanley of Nourishing Simplicity

Rich and creamy, this dairy-free white hot chocolate transports you to the land of Narnia.

As winter melts into spring I can’t help but to think of the magical land of Narnia as it was right before Aslan returned, in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was a cold and bleak place, with no hope for the future, a world of never ending winter.

Edmund followed his sister Lucy through the wardrobe, unable to find her, he found himself alone and cold in the snowy woods.

To his surprise a “Queen” better known as the White Witch pulled up beside him in her sleigh. Once she realized he was a “son of Adam” she changed from harsh creature to a flattering and almost nurturing type. Despite Edmund’s trepidations he was beguiled but the promise of warmth, a hot drink, Turkish delight, and ultimately a kingdom.

Edmund felt much better as he began to sip the hot drink. It was something he has never tasted before, very sweet and foamy and creamy, and it warmed him right down to his toes

~C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 

White Hot Chocolate Quote

I always wished that I could be Edmond just for a few minutes so I could savor the delicious, hot drink and Turkish Delight too!  It left me wondering what that very sweet and foamy and creamy could possibly be.

It couldn’t be classic hot cocoa since that was already popular in England. It occurred to me that it very well could be a white hot chocolate, which is oh so creamy, and not commonly drank at that time.

This is not your regular white hot chocolate made with the bars you see in the store, instead, it is made with cocoa butter. Cocoa butter gives the drink a smooth and creamy texture with just a hint of chocolate essence.

Curl up with your loved ones and this drink, to enjoy the story once again or for the very first time before winter melts into spring!

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Ingredients and Equipement: 

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White Hot Chocolate

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups almond milk (or other milk/milk substitute)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter, grated
  • 1 vanilla bean, caviar scraped out
  • 1/8 tsp unrefined salt

Directions:

1. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the caviar (insides) out with a sharp knife.

2. In a small sauce pot, combine the milk, maple syrup (honey), cocoa butter, vanilla, and salt. Warm over medium heat until the milk is warm and the cocoa butter is melted.

3. Pour into two mugs and froth with a milk frother if desired.

White Hot Chocolate (Inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
 
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups almond milk (or other milk/milk substitute)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or raw honey
  • 2 TBS cocoa butter
  • 1 vanilla bean, caviar scraped out
  • ⅛ tsp unrefined salt
Instructions
  1. Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape the caviar (insides) out with a sharp knife.
  2. In a small sauce pot, combine the milk, maple syrup (honey), cocoa butter, vanilla, and salt. Warm over medium heat until the milk is warm and the cocoa butter is melted.
  3. Pour into two mugs and froth with a milk frother if desired.

 

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