Ranch dressing. It just evokes a nostalgia for the teen years when pizza, French fries (and the occasional carrot) got dipped in the lovely, creamy sauce. That was back before we knew better. But the flavor remains enticing. What’s not to like about the thick creamy liquid gold with hints of dill, buttermilk, garlic and onion? Ranch dressing is pretty much responsible for kids eating salad at all. However, when you know better, you do better. And we know so much more about ingredients these days. From GMO’s to MSG to risky thickeners, corn syrup and dairy, too many shelf stable products don’t belong in our precious bodies. So please enjoy our Homemade Ranch Dressing. Preferably with a bunch of greens and colorful veggies.
Now, we love ranch dressing so much, we actually created not one, but TWO recipes for it. The first one is here. The second resides in the 131 Method Book. That version uses macadamia nuts (blended), along with all the other typical spices and seasonings. We encourage you to check it out because it’s a home-run favorite (like, addictive) around here.
Clean Eating Ranch Dressing Highlights
- Our dressing contains apple cider vinegar, which is great for the body. It’s alkaline and a probiotic that aids digestion and helps the gut.
- Paleo mayo (our our homemade) serves as the base. Combined with a dash of coconut milk, the two provide a rich, creamy and keto-friendly dressing.
- Unlike store-bought brands, our dressing is made from 100% natural ingredients. Well known store-bought brands contain:
- MSG-like ingredients. People sensitive to MSG may also be sensitive to MSG-like substances. These are glutamates or chemically similar items added to improve a product’s taste. (Yeast extract. Autolyzed yeast. Hydrolyzed proteins) (1).
- Contains EDTA (a preservative to retain color) which is on the FDA’s toxicity watch list. “It may irritate the skin or cause skin rash and even asthma. It is on FDA’s list of food additives to be studied for toxicity” (1).
- Also contains Phosphoric acid, an additive for acidity. “A vast amount of sweetener is then used to mask and balance the acidity. Phosphoric acid has been linked to lower bone density in some epidemiological studies, including a discussion in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” (1).
Comment below when you make it!
Ranch DressingPrint Recipe
- ⅓ cup Paleo mayonnaise
- ¼ cup canned coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried chives
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Pinch black pepper
- Pinch paprika (optional)
- Whisk everything together, and serve, or store in a glass jar for up to 3 days.
Calories: 107 | Protein: 0g | Fat: 12g | Carbs: 0g | Fiber: 0g | Net Carbs: 0g