I LOVE ranch dressing.  I always have and I am thinking, I just always will.  I remember being a kid and during the holidays there would always be a huge vegetable platter hanging out with yummy hidden valley ranch dip in the center.  I couldn’t get enough.

Ranch is STILL my most favorite dressing ever and every party I go to these days, it never fails, there is always a vegetable platter with ranch dip around.  It’s like that little black dress in your closet…it never goes out of style.

At my house, I make the same dip at home for my kids every week (just not from the packet anymore) to go along with the fresh veggies we always have chilling in our fridge.  Most days you can find my youngest daughter all but bathing in the stuff during lunch, snacks or even dinner…so I am definitely growing second generation lovers of it.

I still do enjoy it best with cut up fresh veggies but I also love it on a fun salad (I am NOT a boring salad person), or even on French fries when I have them.  What I didn’t love about it (before I started making it on my own) was all the sketchy additives in the mix and in the bottle. So, I decided there had to be a better, healthier way.

I am the type of person who protects what goes into my kids’ bodies AND my own, so I went on the hunt for an easy (because I am a busy mom after all) ranch dressing that was tasty but that also contained less ingredients than the standard bottle and packet type. If you’ve never read the ingredients on the back of a standard brand ranch bottle then I highly suggest you do so…even the packets are scary.

What’s So Scary About Ranch?

It might seem harmless but so does every food on the shelf in American’s supermarkets to be honest.  If it’s shelf stable and is in the middle of the store then buyer beware.  I am not here to villainize foods and products, I am just simply creating awareness and saying…turn the product over and give it a read to see what is really inside.  Don’t let those fancy words and packages dupe you.

The first thing in the bottled ranch is vegetable oil.  Vegetable oil is usually made from GMO ingredients like soybeans and it is also highly inflammatory.  Of course, there is added sugar to make it actually taste good, “natural flavors” which can be used hide any crazy additive they desire to not disclose, and MSG which like sugar, makes your brain think it’s awesome and keep wanting to eat it more and more and more and more.

The packet is far from being awesome either…the first ingredient is maltodextrin.  In case you don’t know (which is why I expect you are reading this far) maltodextrin is a thickening agent and preservative aka highly processed.  This stuff tends to spike blood sugar, suppress growth of probiotics, it’s GMO, and in some can create an allergic reaction or side effects.  The other ingredients don’t get more pronounceable either as we go along but MSG also joins this party in the mix too.  So needless to say, there has to be a better, more pronounceable version.

And The Recipe Is…

Servings 24 (I like to make it once to last a LONG time)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry buttermilk (I like Bob’s Redmill)
  • 2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 4 tsp dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp chives (dried)
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 2 tbsp. dried onions
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Directions:

 Mix ingredients together and store in airtight container.

***To make “dip” add about ¼ cup to 16 oz of sour cream and let chill in fridge for an hour before serving***

***To make “dressing” combine ¼ cup to 1 cup mayo (homemade or good quality store brand), ½ cup sour cream, and ½ cup buttermilk***

As you can see, all of these ingredients above are recognizable and pronounceable which are all great things when it comes to anything you are putting in your body.  So the next time you feel like making a veggie tray or dinner salad I highly recommend you giving this recipe a try.

Let Me Know!

If you decide that this is a recipe you’d like to try, please let me know!  I would love to know what you thought, if it worked for you and how your family thought it was.  It is always great to try new things and even better to switch up things in your household that are less than healthy to health promoting.

If you enjoyed reading this recipe and want even more, then come back next week for another great pick and check out the others already available.  There is bound to be one you would love to add to your weekly menu.

Until next time…

With Nourishing Love,

Sabrina