Chris Koetke: Hi! I am Chef Chris Koetke, and today we are going to make a delicious Tofu Ranch Dressing. Its super-easy to make and its a lot less expensive than buying salad dressings at the store, and its a great way to introduce protein into the salad.
Now before we begin even making this dressing, we need to talk about the different kinds of Tofu.
The first is what we call Water-Packed Tofu, and this is the tofu youre going to use for different recipes where you want the tofu diced up or cut into various different shapes.
The other kind of tofu is what we call Silken Tofu, and tofu like this is shelf stable until you open it, and this is the tofu that you want to use any time youre going to puree up the tofu, like, well, for making this delicious salad dressing.
So this is how we do it. I am going to start with a packet of that soft Silken Tofu and just drop it right into the blender, and then in goes a bunch of different ingredients. I am going to put in some onion powder, garlic powder, ground black pepper, some instant parsley, lemon juice, and some salt. We put about 2 teaspoons of salt into the blender. And then in goes soybean oil. The best oils you buy in the store, almost always soybean oil, and thats really it.
All we have to do next is simply puree this up until its nice and smooth.
Once all done pureeing you take a look at that, and if its too thick, all you have to do is just add a little bit of water into the desired consistency.
Now when this is done, some bunch of things we can do with it. For instance I could pour it right into this bowl over here, wow, its looking delicious, for this relish try, or very simply I could pour it across the top of a salad.
Now there is lots of other flavor ideas that you can use to make different salad dressings. For instance, if you go to the grocery store you can buy those little packets for the salad dressings and simply put those into this tofu mixture, or if you want, the same idea, put in different herbs maybe even throw in chipotle to give it some heat.
And thats how you make Tofu Ranch Dressing.