Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Want to level up your salad game? This is it. Homemade Ranch. I also encourage you to create this recipe when you need to use up any additional herbs, to decrease food waste and save you money! Need I say more?

Features

  • Dietary Features: gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegetarian friendly.
  • The perfect salad dressing to amp up any meal!
  • Quick, easy, healthy, and delicious, need I say more.
  • Drizzle over any salad or even use it as a dip!

Why You Will Love This Recipe

Did you grow up a ranch lover as a child? Or, are you a passionate ranch hater?

Whatever side you fall on, I can attest that both ranch lovers and ranch haters will definitely be obsessed with this recipe. 

This is like a regular ranch. But better because it’s made with whole food ingredients that you probably already have lying around. No need to go purchase several obscure ingredients that you might not use again after you make the recipe. Not with this recipe!

Yup, you probably have all of the ingredients already in your fridge. And, modifications to the recipe are included so that anyone can make this recipe with ease! 

This homemade salad dressing is full of healthy fats and amazing nutrients like Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an important micronutrient because it helps to support our immune systems. Vitamin A, on the other hand, positively benefits our vision!  

Members in my Elizabeth G The RD Community as well as followers on social media and many clients seem to demonize salad dressing and often beat themselves for drizzling it on top of their salads or nourish bowls. Well I’m here to tell you that it’s ok! In fact, salad dressing often helps increase absorption of the nutrients in the food that it’s being put on. 

I created this recipe for those who might not have time to experiment in the kitchen, those who don’t know what to do with their leftover herbs and dairy products, and those who just want to have fun and try something new! In this post you’ll find the homemade ranch dressing, nutrition education on each ingredient, and fully answered FAQ’s!

Ingredient Notes

2% Milk: Milk is a great source of calcium and Vitamin D. Vitamin D has many functions in our body, however one of those functions involves assisting in the absorption of calcium that we receive from our foods. Calcium, in turn, is able to be stored in our bones and we need calcium for muscle contractions to occur!

Sourcream: This ingredient also has health benefits as it is a fermented dairy product. This process of fermentation creates an abundance of good bacteria called probiotics. These probiotics help keep the environment in our gut healthy! 

Mayonnaise:  This is FULL of vitamin K. We need this vitamin for a variety of different reasons due to the fact that it is used in the process of calcium absorption and it is used to start the production of blood clots. 

Fresh Dill: Fresh Dill is packed with the micronutrients Vitamin A and Vitamin C. We all could use a little extra boost of immunity this season, and receiving vitamins from our food is most ideal! Vitamin A also regulates transcription of our genes (who knew a vitamin could be so cool) and helps protect our vision. 

Onion powder & Garlic powder: Spices are a perfect way to increase the flavor of any dish. 

Sea salt: Salt is actually a necessary component of our diets and it works as a flavor enhancer for foods! Sea salt can help keep you hydrated by causing retention of water. 

Fresh Lemon Juice: Lemons are another source of Vitamin C! This recipe is packed with immunity boosting ingredients!

The Step-by-Step Process

  • Step 1 – Place all ingredients in a large mason jar. 
  • Step 2 – Stir ingredients thoroughly with whisk.
  • Step 3 – Drizzle on top of food and enjoy.
  • Step 4 – Or place the lid on a mason jar and store in the fridge for later.

Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.

Notes and Expert Tips

  • The key to making this recipe super flavorful is using fresh dill. I wash my dill with water and then rough chop it up. You could substitute this ingredient for dried dill but the flavor isn’t as potent. 
  • If you are dairy-free, vegan, or simply don’t have sour cream or mayo on hand, you can substitute these ingredients for plain Greek yogurt.

FAQ’s

  • Q: How much does this recipe make?
  • A: This makes about 1 and ½ cups of dressing. Each serving size is about 2 tablespoons which means you’ll have about 10 servings —but if you’re anything like me and you love dressing then you might have less leftovers. 
  • What is the best container to make this in?
  • Any container that has an air-tight lid is perfect. This way you can easily store it in your fridge and won’t have to worry about possible spillage. A 16 oz/2 cup Mason jar is perfect since it has a lid and there’s still plenty of room in the jar to be able to stir all the ingredients together before using.
  • Q: How long can this last in the fridge?
  • A: This depends on the expiration dates of the ingredients that you are using. You want to determine this by either seven days after you make this or the earliest expiration date of your ingredient. Whichever comes first!
  • Q: What are some substitutions that I can make?
  • A: You can swap out the sourcream for plain greek yogurt. This can help boost protein and will change the overall flavor minimally. You can also substitute fresh dill (if you do not have it on hand) for dried dill instead.

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Guest Writer For Today’s Blog: Madeline Hobika. Instagram: @mimosaswmaddie

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