There’s no denying that good food brings people together, and this vegan Dill & Parsley Dressing/Dip recipe is a perfect example of just that. As a vegan chef, my philosophy has always been to create dishes that are not only delicious but also healthy and sustainable. And this recipe checks all the boxes.
If you’re looking for a versatile dressing or dip that takes minimal effort to make and can be used in a variety of ways, then you’ve come to the right place. This recipe is perfect for pouring over your favorite salad, as a dip for veggies or crackers, or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps.
What sets this recipe apart is its creamy texture and herbaceous flavor profile. Combining fresh parsley and dill with silken tofu and other ingredients results in a dressing/dip that’s packed with nutrition and savory taste.
Not only is this recipe vegan-friendly, but it’s also dairy-free, gluten-free, and oil-free, making it an ideal choice for anyone with dietary restrictions or looking for healthier options. So grab your apron, let’s get cooking!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Get ready to be wowed by the freshness and creaminess of this Vegan Dill & Parsley dressing/dip recipe. This versatile recipe is an absolute must-have in your arsenal for all your salad dressing, dip, and sauce needs. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much flavor is packed into every bite – it’s a true delight for anyone who loves fresh herbs.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is how easy it is to make. With only a few ingredients and less than 10 minutes, you can whip up a batch to enjoy immediately or store in the fridge for later use. It’s so simple that even beginner cooks can impress their guests with a flavor-packed salad or veggie dip.
If you love creamy dressings or dips but also prefer to keep things on the healthier side, then this vegan dill & parsley dressing/dip recipe is perfect for you. The combination of silken tofu, fresh dill, and parsley results in a silky smooth texture that tastes like sour cream or ranch dressing without any dairy products. Say goodbye to heavy cream-based dressings that weigh you down after eating a few bites!
But don’t be fooled by “vegan” in the title – this recipe packs a ton of flavor that will appeal to both meat-eaters and plant-based eaters alike. It’s the perfect complement to any vegetable platter or as a delicious spread for sandwiches or wraps. And let’s not forget about using it as a marinade for grilled tofu or vegetables.
Trust me when I say that this Vegan Dill & Parsley Dressing/Dip will become your new go-to recipe – it’s simply irresistible!
Let’s take a look at the star players of this vegan Dill & Parsley Dressing/Dip recipe. Here are the ingredients you will need to create this creamy vegan dressing that can also work as a dip or sauce:
- 1 and ½ cup packed fresh parsley
- ¾ cup packed fresh dill
- ⅔ cup water
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 block (12.3 oz) firm or extra-firm silken tofu
- 1 tablespoon olive oil for extra richness
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar for tanginess
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast for cheesiness
- Salt and black pepper to taste
Most of these ingredients can be found in any well-stocked grocery stores. Fresh herbs are preferred, but dried can be used in a pinch. Simply use half the amount of dried herbs called for in the recipe compared to fresh ones. We suggest opting for organic ingredients whenever possible to ensure optimal taste and nutrition value. Now that we have our ingredients sorted, let’s dive into the “how-to” section and create magic!
The Recipe How-To
In a blender or food processor, blend 1 ½ cups of silken tofu until it is smooth and creamy.
Add in ¼ cup of water gradually, blending on low until the mixture becomes smooth.
Add in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and blend again until fully combined.
Now, it’s time to add the herbs! Add ½ cup each of fresh parsley and fresh dill (stems removed) to the blender and pulse a few times until the herbs are finely chopped and well distributed.
Finally, add in the flavorings: 1 teaspoon each of onion powder and garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste. Pulse a few more times until everything is incorporated into a creamy, green mixture.
This versatile dressing/dip can be served immediately or chilled for a few hours to thicken up even more. It makes a fantastic dip for veggies or chips, or you can thin it out with a little extra lemon juice or water to create a zesty salad dressing.
- Olive oil can be substituted for water for a richer dip/dressing.
- Tahini can also be added for extra creaminess.
- For an oil-free version, simply skip the olive oil and use only water.
Substitutions and Variations
Are you looking to switch up this delicious recipe? Look no further! Here are some suggestions for substitutions and variations that will customize this recipe to your liking.
For a Creamy Vegan Ranch:
If you’re in the mood for a vegan ranch dressing, simply swap out the dill and parsley for a tablespoon of dried chives or 2 teaspoons of dried basil. The creaminess in the recipe comes from the silken tofu which can be substituted with 1/4 cup of vegan sour cream.
Oil-Free Hemp Dip:
If you are looking for an oil-free dip option, feel free to substitute olive oil with hemp seeds. Simply blend together 1/4 cup of hulled hemp seeds, 1/2 cup of water and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice until smooth. Add in garlic or onion powder for added flavor.
Green Goddess Dressing:
For a flavorful green goddess dressing, swap out the dill and add in fresh tarragon or basil, and chopped scallions. Additionally, try adding in 1 tablespoon of tahini to increase its creaminess.
Trader Joe’s Inspired Dressing:
For a Trader Joe’s inspired dressing try adding in 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast for the savory taste found in the Trader Joe’s Green Goddess dressing.
Pesto Infused Dressing:
If you happen to have pesto on hand, use that instead of the dill and parsley. Aim for around 2 tablespoons of pesto when substituting.
Remember there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to substitutions and variations – it all depends on your preferences!
Serving and Pairing
This versatile Dill & Parsley Dressing/Dip (Vegan) can be served in many ways! Use it as a dip for raw vegetables, chips, or pita bread. It also makes an excellent topping for baked potatoes, or roasted vegetables. Pour it over a hearty salad for a delicious and refreshing dressing; the bright green color is sure to impress your guests.
Pair this creamy vegan dill dip with your favorite dishes such as burgers, sandwiches, or wraps to create a flavorful and satisfying meal. Looking for inspiration? Try pairing it with some vegetable soups or chili for added flavor and creaminess.
For those who are looking to experiment with their condiments, mixing it with other dips such as tahini dressing or pesto could create a whole new taste experience. It also pairs perfectly with guacamole, providing a refreshing finish to the mix.
The possible pairings of this creamy dill dip are endless! Be creative in the kitchen and discover what works best for you. This recipe’s versatility will provide you with endless opportunities to jazz up your homemade meals!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As a busy vegan chef, I know that having make-ahead options is essential for a successful meal prep. Luckily, this dill and parsley dressing/dip can be made up to three days before serving, making it a perfect go-to for those busy weeknights.
To store the dressing, transfer it into an airtight container and place it in the fridge. The dressing might thicken up slightly in the fridge, but no worries, just give it a good stir before serving. If you find that the dressing has thickened too much, you can adjust the consistency by adding a bit of water or lemon juice.
In the case that you have leftovers, cover and refrigerate them promptly. This recipe stores well in an airtight container in the fridge for around 5 days. However, be mindful that the flavor can become more pungent over time.
When reheating leftovers for salads or as a dip alongside your favorite veggies or crackers, I recommend letting it come to room temperature before dolloping it over your salad or serving it on your appetizer platter. While you can microwave the dressing to warm it up quickly, I find that a better option is letting it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
Whether served fresh or from the fridge, this delicious dressing/dip always lands perfectly on my taste buds!
Tips for Perfect Results
To achieve the perfect results for this Dill & Parsley Dressing/Dip recipe, it is important to pay close attention to small details that might make a big difference. As a vegan chef assistant, I have experimented and tried different things out in order to come up with the best tips and recommendations for you. Here are some useful tips to make sure your dressing or dip turns out deliciously creamy and fresh:
1. Use fresh herbs: The use of fresh herbs is one of the most essential parts of this recipe. Fresh parsley and dill give the dressing/dip a mouthwatering flavor and aroma. Fresh herbs also give an appealing color to the sauce.
2. Use silken tofu: Silken tofu gives the recipe a creamy texture without adding any unpleasant taste or smell like other substitutes such as cashews or coconut cream, which might overpower the herbs.
3. Blend well: To get the smoothest texture possible, blend all ingredients well in a high-speed blender until everything is perfectly combined.
4. Adjust consistency: Depending on if you’re looking for a super thick or a runnier consistency, you can adjust the quantity of water at the end of blending by adding more or less than suggested in this recipe.
5. Taste and adjust seasoning: Since everyone has different taste buds preferences, do not forget to taste your sauce and adjust salt, garlic powder or onion powder, lemon juice or even add nutritional yeast flakes (for an extra cheesy flavor).
By following these helpful tips, you’ll get a perfectly balanced Dill & Parsley Dressing/Dip that’s rich in flavor, has the right consistency for your preference, and complements your vegan dishes just how they deserve!
After reading through this article, I hope you are inspired to try this delicious and versatile recipe for dill and parsley dressing/dip. As a vegan chef, I believe that food can both taste amazing and be healthy at the same time, and this recipe is a testament to that.
Whether you are looking for a tangy salad dressing or a creamy dip for veggies or chips, this dill and parsley creation is sure to satisfy your cravings. What makes it even better is that it is vegan, which means it does not include any animal products, making it a great choice for people with dietary restrictions or those who care about animal welfare.
The combination of fresh herbs such as dill and parsley with the creaminess of silken tofu creates a mouthwatering dip that is perfect for any occasion. Plus, by using simple pantry ingredients such as onion powder, garlic powder, and lemon juice, you can easily whip up this dip in no time.
And let’s not forget about the versatility of this recipe. You can customize it with different herbs, add apple cider or lime juice for an extra zing, or even swap out the silken tofu for tahini or nutritional yeast to make it nut-free. The possibilities are endless, and I encourage you to get creative in your own kitchen!
Ultimately, this dill and parsley dressing/dip proves that vegan food can be both nutritious and delicious. By opting for plant-based options such as silken tofu instead of traditional sour cream or ranch dressing, we can take positive steps towards improving our overall health while minimizing our environmental impact.
So why not give this recipe a try? I promise you won’t regret it!
Dill & Parsley Dressing/Dip (Vegan) Recipe
- 1 (12 ounce) box silken tofu
- 1 -2 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 3 -4 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
- 1 -2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
- Combine silken tofu, lemon juice, seasonings (and oil) in a food processor. Blend till smooth.
- Adjust consistency with water.
- Taste, add more seasoning/lemon juice, if you like.
- Stir in dill and parsley.
- Cover and refrigerate at least 30-60 minutes. Stir before serving.
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