Monday, January 6, 2014

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing
I'm such an annoying lady sometimes. I know it. I just can't leave poor Michael in peace. All he wants is to eat his pizza rolls and spaghetti-o's, and I can't stop trying to take food he likes and make it from scratch.

But liiike....a girl's gotta try, right?
Homemade Ranch Dressing
I really don't give the boy enough credit. He actually eats, probably, healthier than me. He's much better about eating his veggies. And he's a total champ at eating salads. Sometimes...when at a restaurant...he'll even order one...AS HIS MEAL *gasp* I can't even fathom that. A salad...for a meal? Does not compute in Kayle's brain.

Anyway, since we tend to have little side salads fairly frequently around our lil home, I was really excited about the idea of tackling a homemade ranch dressing recipe for Michael (I don't mind ranch but I'm more of an Italian/oil based dressing gal myself).
Homemade Ranch Dressing
and I did.

Was it a success?
Sort of. Maybe. 

On the first attempt of making this recipe, it was entirely too garlicky for Michael's tastes (so I've adjusted the garlic/scallion amounts below) and seemed to be missing something. I researched ranch dressing a bit and determined we needed dill. So I added that and it definitely helped. So Michael kind of likes it. But not as much as storebought. BUT I haven't attempted it with less garlic yet. I'll keep ya posted on that.

Anyway, all that said...
I like garlic.

I actually like this dressing better than the kind you buy. And you don't have to stress about what you're putting on your salad and whether or not that's negating any healthiness you're getting (which...if you're me...is the entire reason you're eating the green things in the first place). You should def. give it a shot, and maybe customize it a bit to your taste! PLUS hey it's a new year, and I'm sure many of us have resolutions for healthiness or some such, am I right?

What sort of storebought recipes do you want to/like to try to recreate/replace with homemade?


 Homemade Ranch Dressing

Adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

Homemade Ranch Dressing
Makes 16 two tbsp. servings
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise (low fat/miracle whip is fine)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream (low fat is fine, you can also do some sour cream and some Greek yogurt)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/2 cup buttermilk (or buttermilk substitute
  • 1 very small bunch of chives or half that amount of scallions
  • small handful parsley
  • 1/2 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. dill
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pepper/white pepper, to taste
Preparation:
  • Combine all the ingredients, with 1/4 cup of buttermilk to start, in a blender. 
  • Blend for about 10 seconds, then check consistency (and adjust flavorings to taste). If desired, add more buttermilk.
  • Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for a week, or more.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Dressin' time!
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