Ranch Salad Dressing – The dressing that will make you want to have a salad everyday!

Low fat, low sodium ranch dressing

Low fat, low sodium ranch dressing

As promised to some of my clients this week…my final version of homemade ranch salad dressing!

This dressing is truly amazing in flavor, and doesn’t need fat or salt to taste great. It also gets better after 24-hours.

I love to add dressings, and sauces to my food, but they can be very high in calories, and not to mention sodium. I have been working on creating great salad dressings that won’t affect the waste line…and to help people get enthusiastic about eating salad and veggies. I’ve also been really challenged by Lisa Leake (100 Days of Real Food). She is doing a stealer job of avoiding processed foods, and her blog is always giving me great ideas to pass along to my clients.

The next time you pick up a bottle of ranch dressing at the store, take a look at the ingredient list. Whether it is low fat, reduced fat or full fat, the ingredient list is long…and most of the time there are binders, additives and preservatives that are not specifically harmful, but why consume them when you can have the natural version?

Hope you enjoy

Nutrition facts for Ranch Dressing

Nutrition facts for Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing (Print)

Makes 9 servings (4 tbps = 1 servings)…that’s a lot of dressing!

1 serving =50 calories

INGREDIENTS
1 clove GARLIC, RAW
1 cup MILK, 1%
1 tsp LEMON JUICE, canned or bottled
1/4 cup MAYONNAISE, LIGHT
3 tbsp SOUR CREAM, LIGHT
2 tbsp ONION FLAKES, DEHYDRATED
2 tbsp PARSLEY, DRIED
2 tbsp CHIVES, FREEZE DRIED
2 tsp PEPPER, BLACK, GROUND
1 tbsp FLAX SEED, GROUND

In a food processor or magic bullet, pulse the garlic until well chopped. Then add milk and lemon juice. Stir to combine and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes (The mixture will begin to curdle). Milk and lemon juice is the basic recipe for buttermilk. If you are one to have buttermilk in the fridge, then use 1 cup buttermilk, but for those who don’t use buttermilk on a regular basis, this is a good substitute.

Then add the remaining ingredients to the food processor or bullet. Pulse.

Note: Using dried spices give the salad dressing a milder taste than if you used fresh ingredients. If you want a stronger ranch flavour, use all fresh herbs and onion (not flakes).

If you like a thin salad dressing, you can stop here. Transfer your dressing to a mason jar and you are done. If you like a thick salad dressing, continue reading.

Thickener: Add 1 tbsp of ground flax seed. More is not better. Ground flax works by becoming a gel when it get wet. So it is a great flavourless thickener, but too much can be gross.

So add 1 tbsp of ground flax to your salad dressing, pulse for a quick 2-3 seconds and then wait about a minute, and your salad dressing will thicken up.

Enjoy!

My daughter perfecting her knife skills. Getting ready to dip her peppers in ranch dressing.

My daughter perfecting her knife skills. Getting ready to dip her peppers in ranch dressing.

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About alittlenutrition

Susan is passionate about teaching others how to achieve optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition and promoting fun ways to stay active. Susan has been a certified fitness instructor for over 8 years and enjoys teaching yoga, pilates, and fitball classes at Elite Fitness and Dance. However, her main interest in nutrition has led her in the direction of becoming a registered dietitian. Susan completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and has recently completed her dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Currently she is now combining her fitness skills with her nutrition knowledge and offering comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Susan worked as a sales executive for a variety of paint manufactures for over 10 years. She created innovative sales initiatives and marketing programs for corporate and independent retails stores. Now with her knowledge of nutrition and her business experience, she helps restaurants and food service operations create healthier meals options for their customers. Susan is highly involved in community health promotion, as she has been appointed to sit on the Recreation and Wellness Commission of Niverville and the Chair person for the South Eastman RHA District Health Advisory Council Western division. She is the co-founder of former the Niverville Active Living and she has put on many community health promotion activities such as: * Lose It For Life - Weight loss / Lifestyle Transformation program * Family Fitness Month…Win A Will Contest * Niverville Fair ~ Smoothie Booth * Community Cholesterol Reduction Challenge * Cooking On A Budget * Couch Potato Race She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Fitness Council and the Canadian Obesity Network. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and being physically active outdoors with her husband and friends.
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