Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ranch Salad Dressing

Here in the valley the weather has been so lovely. My chives are standing at least 8"tall...lush green and so fresh tasting. Dill and parsley will be added to my little herb garden. During the winter months I'm thankful I can buy fresh dill and parsley to add to my home made ranch dressing. If you don't have room in your yard don't let that stop you from planting herbs. This is the perfect time of year to find a good size container, fill with soil and plant some herbs. You'll enjoy their fresh addition to many dishes.
Ranch dressing is our grand children's favourite and this recipe is nice served over a spinach or green salad or used as a fresh vegetable dip.

Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp low fat mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • dash hot sauce
  • 1 tsp finely minced chives
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped fine
Method:
  1. Measure all ingredients into the blender container. 
  2. Blend well for one minute.
  3. Pour into a jar with a lid. Store in refrigerator. 
This is a small recipe and can easily be doubled. I date my fresh dressings and only keep for up to one week.

17 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! The photo is beautiful.

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  2. Thanks Kathy - I love recipes like this! Printing it ......

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  3. Thanks for this recipe. Most dressing has soybean oil in it and I have stopped buying dressings because I no longer can eat soy products or by products. I would love to find more dressing recipes in the future. My favorite was a blue cheese dressing which I no longer can eat because of the soy.
    Happy Easter
    Julia

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    1. just add some bleu cheese to this recipe. would make a lovely dressing.

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  4. Great recipe, Kathy! I grow all three of these herbs in my own garden, and this year, I will be adding a lemon tree. We don't do much mayo because my daughter has an intolerance, but we have learned that substituting avocado for mayo works well in most recipes - and that is great for us, since I also have an avocado tree in yard!

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  5. Kathy, I rarely have mayonaise in the fridge. Do you think I could substitute with miracle whip and just cut back on the vinegar to half the amount?

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  6. That sounds great and seems easy to make! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I'll have to try this one...sounds yummy and easy to make.

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  8. Sounds delicious and I envy your fresh chives. It will be a while before I see anything green and growing as it was 2 below zero at our house this week.

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  9. I never buy salad dressings anymore and have loved my Ranch dressing with buttermilk (using a packet of the dry Ranch mix added to the buttermilk). But this is an improvement, I think, since we've discovered the virtues of Greek yogurt.

    This will be part of our Easter dinner this year as well as your Wemon Woaf! Thanks and Happy Easter to all of you -

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  10. Thank you so much for this recipe. I've been looking for one like this that will taste wonderful without the ingredients that make me shudder.

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  11. Sounds yummy ...thank you

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  12. I am no fan of ranch dressing. I actively avoid it at all costs. Imagine my surprise when I was meal planning and found this one...and it sounded appealing.

    Well.

    It was not only appealing. It was fantastic. Delicious. It is light years ahead of anything in a bottle, and the Greek yogurt adds fullness and dimension. Thank you for sharing! This is a keeper recipe!

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    1. Glad you tried and enjoyed it. It's always great to hear comments from our readers.

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  13. Do any of you MGCC gals (or anyone out there) have a recipe for Three Cheese Ranch Dressing?? It's our all-time family favorite, and I would love to make it myself instead of having to buy. Thanks!!!

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  14. This is a super flavourful dressing! I can't believe that there is no oil in the recipe. That makes it super low fat too!

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