Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

This recipe is for my friend Kristina. She asked for a homemade ranch dressing recipe. She's looking for a healthier option for the ranch dressing she loves so much, and can't stand low-fat ranch. Well, I'm with her on that low fat thing... low fat is not good at all! But neither is the full fat, fully processed version of ranch dressing found on store shelves. First, if you're buying ranch dressing in a bottle sitting at room temperature on a shelf, it's a dead food. It's able to sit on that shelf and not spoil because it's so highly processed and preserved that you're getting nothing but nasty white goo full of preservatives to top your fresh salad with. YUK! No thank you! Instead of buying a bottle of ranch dressing with an ingredients list longer than your arm, try this simple homemade version that uses real food ingredients that will nourish your body.

Ranch dressing recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives finely chopped
  • 1 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (you could even use homemade kefir that's been strained overnight instead of the sour cream)
  • Milk (enough for desired consistency)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Fresh dill (to taste) finely chopped
Note: for the sour cream and the milk, be sure to use full fat. Low fat dairy products are processed to remove the fat and replace it with sugar... that's just wrong. Stick with the full fat dairy since fat is good for your brain and body! See my previous article on low-fat foods. If you replace the sour cream with kefir, you up the nutritional content of this whole food recipe since kefir is a probiotic. If you use a lot of ranch dressing, I would suggest doing this as a way to sneak in good-for-you probiotics.

Directions

  1. Combine the first five ingredients in a wide mouth mason jar.
  2. Once thoroughly mixed, add milk until you get the desired consistency.
  3. Add dill and salt to taste.
  4. Keep in refrigerator until it's gone... probably about a day or two for those who love ranch dressing :)
Note: To save time chopping the ingredients you could make this in a food processor. Simply add all the herbs and garlic to the food processor and pulse until everything is chopped up. Then add the mayo, sour cream / kefir, and milk and blend until combined to desired consistency.   :) Pamela Follow Pamela on Facebook for more recipes like this   Photo by: Whitney is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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