Healthier Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

 

Healthier Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

I have always love, love, loved buttermilk ranch dressing, on salads and with veggies, love it! But ever since I was a kid, I have been super picky about my ranch. I loved the kind you’d get in restaurants or the little powdered packets you’d mix with buttermilk and a whole lot of mayonnaise. But those bottled ranch dressings could never fit the bill. I’d give one or another a chance and it would always disappoint. I’d always pined for the real stuff that I remembered from when I was a kid.

Now that I’m older and more health-conscious, that powdered dressing mix is not going to fly anymore and the amount of mayo that goes into the standard stuff is not something I’m too jazzed about either. So I set out to whip up something on my own. Something that had all the creaminess and flavor that I loved, but with a healthier spin and with all natural ingredients so I could feel good about eating it.

Now, while there is only a bit of mayo in this recipe, I do not suggest using low fat or light mayonnaise as it tends to have a gelatinous texture that I don’t care for. Aside from the unappetizing consistency, most light mayonnaise contains modified food starch to thicken it, which is difficult for the body to digest and which often contains maltodextrin, a ingredient name used to hide the identity of MSG. Bad news all around! So, look carefully at the ingredients in your mayo and steer clear of that.

One last point I want to touch on is that this dressing was like the key to the veggie garden for me! I used to have to force myself to eat salads and I knew I wasn’t getting as many veggies in my diet as I should be. But now I mix up a batch of this dressing once a week and I’m having salads every day! Prep your salads ahead of time. I get the mixed greens from the store then prep red bell peppers and sliced cucumbers and toss in a few cherry tomatoes. Done! A salad for every meal. Easy! It’s great for dipping too. Bell pepper strips and cucumber coins in a baggie with a little container of ranch. Snack your heart out!

Healthier Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
 
This version has less mayonnaise than normal buttermilk dressings and gets its creaminess from Greek yogurt. It is quick and simple! Mix up a batch for your weekly veggie dip and salad dressing!
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Serves: 3½ cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
Instructions
  1. Whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise and yogurt until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine.
  3. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  4. Enjoy on salads or as a light dip.

Refs:
http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/261-understanding-foods-labeled-modified-what-is-modified-food-starch-and-should-it-be-avoided.html

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Chelsea Cohen

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