The one thing that has really bothered me about buying ranch is the unidentifiable ingredients. Have you ever tried to read/pronounce all the ingredients in a store bought ranch dressing? Go ahead, get yours out of the fridge and try to read it.
During the early days of making changes towards a healthier diet, I attempted to make a ranch dressing and it did not go well . For the recipe I was following, I had to buy a whole bunch of fresh herbs that got a little costly, and it didn't taste that great. The experience was so unpleasant in my mind, I wrote off making my own ranch dressing forever (OK, that might be a bit dramatic.) Until recently when I was sharing some recipes I found online with friends, and we got to talking about how we wish we could find a healthier version of ranch.
Making my own ranch dressing fits in with the guidelines of eating I try to follow--if I'm going to eat something thought of as generally unhealthy, I need to make it from scratch myself. The goals in developing my recipe were: minimally processed ingredients, healthy as possible, easy to make, easy to keep all the ingredients on hand, and two thumbs up from the family. I made A LOT of variations of ranch dressing this past weekend, but I finally found a combination that met my requirements and is definitely husband and toddler approved.
|Toddler approved (don't zoom in too close you might see a dirty table)|
We still don't eat ranch a lot, because again I have no will power when it comes to ranch, but it's nice to have an option with ingredients I can pronounce. Without further ado, the recipe...
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plain Greek non-fat yogurt
1/4 cup 2% milk (I tried it using fat free once and it was too runny)
1/2 teaspoon crushed garlic (not a dried powder)
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried dill
Combine all in a canning jar, or use a food processor/blender. I love the canning jar because you don't have to dirty any more dishes. Put everything in the jar, screw on the lid and shake. Shake it. Shake it like a Polaroid picture. Seriously, shake it a lot, if the ingredients aren't combined well it will taste off. I tried to just stir it and it wasn't enough.
Just before serving each time, shake well again to incorporate all of the ingredients.
Delicious ways to change it up:
- Chipotle sauce
- Hot sauce
- Bell peppers
- Increase or decrease any of the ingredients