Lemon, Mint, Garlic, Whirl (Dressing)

2009 Contributed by Christine Gannage, Adaptations by Maraline 


This recipe is a longtime everyday dressing in Christine’s family, generational. Thanks so much, and everyone please enjoy!

So simple, yet a flavor difficult to describe, your taste buds and your nose will say French or maybe Lebanese, something exotic, but so purposeful and healthy, I can see how it becomes a staple dressing very quickly!


1/2 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice

4 med cloves of fresh garlic

Goodly handful of fresh mint (out of season 1 T. of more of dehydrated or dried)

1/2 tsp Real Salt, Celtic Salt, or Himalayan Salt

Cold Pressed Oil to liking (olive oil works great, as do others)
Blend (Tribest Personal Blender works great) or puree all ingredients, except oil, once emulsified add the oil slowly (pulsating) until you get the thickness of dressing you are prefer. 

PS Christine uses 1/2 olive and 1/2 sunflower, it’s also good with a bit of Sesame Oil and a dollop of Tahini!

For a creamy version I add Veganaise *(dip or dressing) and as a change-up for a (more…)

Not Your Mom’s Ranch Dressing

While I don’t know who originally tossed this dressing together, I can say it’s delicious! This dressing is one of my daughter Melissa, and her friend Chelsea’s favorites (I’ve also added their notes) This ranch dressing is pHabulous on sammies, especially salad wrap sammies, of course salads, and I’ve added my notes for making it a rich vege dip.

Traditional Dairy Version: Use same recipe, substituting dairy products for non-dairy or vegan, i.e., Veganaise, use mayonaise, etc.


Not Your Mom’s Ranch Dressing (makes 1 cup)

Blend the following together with a wire whip, mixer, or blender.

1/2 cup Veganaise (or another vegan mayo)

3/4 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/4 c. milk (almond, coconut, soy)

1/4 tsp of each: ground black pepper, unbleached sea salt, garlic powder

A couple of shakes of vegan parmesan

Notes: Melissa and Chelsea use a lot more seasoning than the recipe calls for, and prefer almond milk for best flavor.

Dip Note: Maraline suggests for extra richness, blend finished recipe with 2T. of Tofutti or vegan cream cheese!