Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Homemade Ranch Dressing the Healthy Way




My son loves Ranch dressing. He will literally put it on everything! We used to go through Costco sized bottles in a week at times. 

Well in my quest to try and lighten up recipes, I became very determined to come with up a ranch dressing that was healthier but didn't lose any flavor. I mean we all have a certain way we expect ranch dressing to taste right?

I have been trying for a couple years, but have come up with things that work ok and tasted good but just not "the" ranch dressing. I was beginning to get a little discouraged until I started working with Greek yogurt a lot. I sub it for sour cream most of the time now. I love the fact that I am not only reducing fat and calories but adding protein to whatever I put it in. I decided that was one of my missing ingredients in this recipe. Between that and adding more fresh herbs I nailed it this time! I will never go back to any other dressing!


I decided to give the step by step photos a try. So let's see how it goes OK?



The cast of characters



Add your low fat mayo


Then that tangy Greek yogurt


Now all of those fab herbs. Kevin says it looks like I mowed the yard *eyeroll*


Some minced garlic


It can't be buttermilk ranch without the buttermilk right? Low fat of course.



OK in our house we have to add the Sriracha. A little bit just gives it a tang so don't be afraid, give it a shot!!


And of course some good ol' kosher salt and cracked black pepper.


You can throw it in a food processor, blender, or one of these handy dandy attachments that come with an immersion blender. Have I mentioned how much I love this gadget?!

Then you end up with a fabulous dressing for salads and veggies. I leave mine rather thick, like a dip. Then it can be mixed with some more buttermilk or even milk to thin it out for salads.



Homemade Ranch Dressing the Healthy Way


  • 1 cup low fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, minced ( a good handful)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • Dash hot sauce (Recommended Sriracha)
  • 1 lemon, juiced 
  • 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk 

In a food processor or blender combine all of the ingredients and pulse until thoroughly blended. Adjust seasoning as needed. Pour into an airtight container and chill for 1 to 2 hours before using. 

Thin with more buttermilk if needed.

ENJOY!!!










32 comments:

  1. Ranch is my favorite dressing! I will have to make this soon with buffalo wings for NYE. I love the Breville gadget, I hate taking out the food processor and cleaning it! Thanks for sharing! I hope you had a great Holiday! XX

    Kat
    www.agirlandherfood.com

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    1. I agree with you Kat the food processor is a pain! I hope you enjoy the dressing. I think it would be perfect with wings!! I did have a great Christmas I hope you did as well! <3

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    2. How about losing the buttermilk and adding Almond Milk to lower the fat even more???

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  2. Ranch is a family favorite - thanks for lightening it up! Have a terrific New Year!

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    1. Same here, glad you enjoy the recipe! Happy New Year to you as well!!

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  3. I'm excited to try your recipe. We love ranch dressing, but always steer clear of it because of the fat/calorie count. As for the sriracha...bring it on, I say!

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    1. Awesome! A fellow Ranch and Sriracha lover!!! I hope you like it!

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  4. My dad will only eat ranch dressing. It's great to know there's a healthy homemade alternative that he hopefully will love!

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  5. Sounds fabulous! I eat Ranch on everything too! =)

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  6. I too eat ranch on everything. We go through it very quickly! I am looking forward to trying this recipe. It's the best one I've found so far!! Many just want to use the packages of ranch mix. This is exactly what I was looking for, fresh, and healthy! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I think you will love it. I am planning on making more this weekend. Let me know what you think!!!

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  7. what do you think the "shelf-life" is on this? maybe a week? we tend to go through spurts of using ranch and might not use the whole batch right away. and Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I am not sure, we go through it pretty fast here, but I gave my son a jar and he said they had it for a couple of weeks before they used it all.

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  8. I love making my own salad dressing but I have never tried ranch. Gonna use this one! Thanks!

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    1. I am making more and more salad dressings from scratch now. I had stopped eating salad because I hated how fattening and unhealthy the dressing were. I think you will really like this one!!

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  9. This was so good and a cinch to make! I've been reading the labels on salad dressing a lot more lately and decided I should try making some myself. well worth the effort.

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    1. Awesome!! I am glad you liked it and glad you are trying healthier options as well :)

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  10. This is awesome! How long does this stay fresh for? :)

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    1. I had my last batch for 2 weeks before I used all of it up.

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  12. Mine turned out green and tastes bitter. Wonder what I did wrong?

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    1. Hmmm I am not sure, I have made it several times without having any problems :( I am sorry

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  13. I'm a fan! mine came out greenish, but it's SO GOOD!

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    1. I am so glad you like it!! One batch I made came out with a bit of a greenish tint and I think I blended it a bit too long.

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  14. I've been looking for a homemade ranch dressing recipe to try! Do you recommend making a huge batch and then freezing some of it - especially in the winter months where fresh herbs aren't always easy to get a hold of?

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    1. You know Jason I am not sure. I know you can freeze buttermilk and yogurt for use later in recipes. I would say, if you do try, not to freeze it for more than 3 months. You might have to add a bit of fresh buttermilk to it when it thaws and re-blend it to get the correct consistency. We can usually find herbs here even in the winter. Dill might be the toughest one to find. Please let me know if you do freeze it how it works out.

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  15. I'm not a fan of any hot sauce so would it help if I left that out.

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    1. OH you can definitely leave it out if you don't like hot sauce.

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  16. It sounds lovely! How much does it make?

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