Jun 2012
Light Ranch Dressing

I’m constantly looking for ways to reduce the amount of processed foods that we eat, especially with things that we eat on a daily basis. We are nowhere near perfect, but we do pretty well with staying away from frozen pizzas and microwaveable meals and sticking to fresh fruits, veggies and meats. Our one downfall area tends to be condiments. It’s just way too easy to grab a bottle of salad dressing or ketchup from the fridge instead of making homemade. I mean, my friends already think I’m a little crazy for baking my own bread and canning my own tomato sauce, they’d really think I went off the deep end if I started making ketchup!

Little did I know, it’s ridiculously easy to make your own ranch dressing. You literally dump everything into a blender, turn it on for 20 seconds, and voila! – homemade, healthier, ranch dressing. By using my favorite healthy recipe substitute – greek yogurt – it gives you the creaminess of sour cream with less fat and more protein. Two tablespoons of this dressing clocks in at only 30 calories and 2 grams of fat. So go ahead – use twice as much. Come football season, I’ll be making ranch dressing by the gallon to use in my favorite buffalo chicken dip, since we eat it on almost a weekly basis in the fall!

Light Ranch Dressing
Yields: 2.5 cups

Ingredients:
1/2 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
3 Tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Store in a mason jar or air-tight container in the fridge.

Source: Prevention RD

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3 Responses to Light Ranch Dressing

  1. My husband and son love ranch! I am going to have to make this for them, I always buy the light version, so this is perfect!

  2. Shawn says:

    How long does this store in the fridge?

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