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Ranch Dressing

You ask, “Why make Ranch dressing when I can just buy a bottle at the store?”
Have you ever read the ingredients label on Ranch dressing. Eek! Nasty and no thank you.

My childhood favorite dipping sauce, Hidden Valley Ranch contains the following:

Soybean Oil, Water, Egg Yolk, Sugar, Salt, Cultured Nonfat Buttermilk, Natural Flavors (Soy), Spices. Less than 1% of Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Vinegar, Phosphoric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Modified Food Starch, Monosodium Glutamate, Artificial Flavors, Disodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate.

Yuck.

Honestly, making your own is really not that hard. The hardest part is cleaning the blender/food processor when your done. But homemade Ranch dressing tastes so good, it’s worth it. Psst, it’s cheaper too!
ETA:  To make clean up a breeze, simply use a wide mouth mason jar and an immersion blender.

You’ll need the following:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 kefir, piima, buttermilk, yogurt or sour cream (sour cream or yogurt makes a great thick dipping sauce) most any cultured milk product will do
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp dill, fresh
  • 1 tbsp parsley, fresh
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Place everything in the blender/food processor except the olive oil. Whirl around until very well blended. While the blender is still on, slowly drizzle the olive oil in a thin stream. The oil will emulsify it to a yummy creation.

Another ETA: I made this recently and added a roasted red pepper.  Delicious!  It gave the dressing a nice red tinge.  Or add 1-2 tsp chipotle chili powder for a Southwestern kick.


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