Saturday, June 23, 2012

Homemade Ranch Dressing (made with yogurt)

Now I need you Foodies out there to brace yourselves for what Im about to say:

I love Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing.

Yes I do.  You can see it sitting in all its bulk-sized glory in the door of my refrigerator where it can be easily grabbed for all my veggie-dipping needs.

While I have switched entirely to homemade dressings for my salads, I still love ranch dressing as a dip for my crudités, and Hidden Valley is the only one that will do. 


Until now.  Its been in the back of my mind for some time now to figure out a homemade version of this staple because lets be honest- there is a lot of junk hidden away in the valley’s trunk, if you know what I mean.  Soybean oil, other weird junk, and the fat content is inexcusable. 
I was browsing through various recipes I found online and came up with my own variation based on the ingredients that interested me most.  Here is what I came up with

Home Made Ranch Dressing
1 Cup yogurt (preferably Greek or Balkan style)
1 teaspoon onion paste (see below)
1 tablespoon diced fresh chives (dried could work, too)
1 garlic clove, minced to paste (see below)
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic (optional)
1 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 tsp kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper to taste
1 tsp sugar or maple syrup
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1. Strain the yogurt through cheesecloth for 20 minutes or so.  This may not be necessary if using a very thick yogurt, but it’s a good idea to strain the extra whey out if you can.
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2. Meanwhile, dice the white of a scallion and mash into a pulp in your mortal and pestle (or simply use the back of your spoon in a small bowl- just mash it very well until its pasty).  Repeat the same process with your garlic.

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3. Place your onion and garlic pastes, the scallions, granulated garlic, salt, and dill in a small bowl.  Add the strained yogurt and mix well.  Add vinegar, mix again.

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4. Take a taste.  Add fresh black pepper and a little sugar or maple syrup to taste if needed to balance out the flavours.

This dressing was fabulous as a dressing on my Taco Cobb Salad I had today for lunch, and Bird loved it as a chip and veggie dip at snack time.  Cover in an airtight container and Im guessing it should be good in the fridge for a few days at least (if it lasts that long).

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One word of warning:  this is NOT the dressing you want to eat right before date night with the hubs, an important job interview, or your Wed night prayer meeting.  It is delicious and full of flavor, but it leaves you with some pretty wicked breath.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Smile

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Do you have a recipe you like for Ranch dressing?  I would totally love to see it, please feel free to leave the link in the comments section or on facebook.

Bon Appetite!

Proud to be linking up this morning with Summer Salad Sundays over at Easy Natural Foods, Tiny Tip Tuesdays at Nature's Nurture, Just Another Meatless Monday at Hey Mom Whats for Dinner, Meatless Mondays at Veggie Mamma, Makin’ You Crave Monday at Mrs. Happy Homemaker, The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane, Melt in Your Mouth Mondays at Make Ahead Meals, Scratch Cookin’ Tuesdays and Mrs Dull’s, Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife, Tempt my Tummy Tuesdays at Blessed With Grace, Traditional Tuesdays at Delicious Obsessions,Homemaking Link-Up at Raising Homemakers, Healthy 2day Wednesdays at Day2Day Joys, Whats Cooking Wednesdays at Kings Court IV, Whole Food Wednesdays at This Chick Cooks,Works For Me Wednesdays at We Are That Family, Full Plate Thursdays at Miz Helen’s, Share Your Cup Thursdays at Jann Olson’s, Foodie Friday with Diane Belch, and Saturday Link and Greet at Country Mamma Cooks.


Andi said...

Sounds fabulous and easy! Except the paste making part...But how hard can that be? Thanks for the recipe!

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Thanks, Andi! And no worries.. just do your best to dice them super fine and that should be good enough if you cant get them to paste stage. :)

Kendra | Our Homemade Happiness said...

I just pinned this. I can't wait to try it!

Kendra | Our Homemade Happiness said...

I just pinned this. I can't wait to try it!

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Thanks, Kendra! Always blesses me when someone pins something of mine! :)

Sarah @ Natures Nurture said...

Said it before, and I'll say it again - I love you for this! I love ranch dressing, and especially Hiddn Valley, but after purging our kitchen of the nasty processed stuff, I've yet to find a rance recipe that matches up. And the only ones that kinda sorta did the job, used an insane amount of mayo... I'm going to trust your word on this one and pin it for later this week, after I make some more yogurt. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to try it!

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Well Sarah for sure if you added a big blob of mayo the dressing it would make it richer, but I was quite happy with this. I think te trick is to make sure your yogurt is nice and thick.

Athena @ Lifes Abundant Adventures said...

What a great recipe! Pinning!!

mrsdull said...

I'm pinning too :-) Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Scratch Cookin' Tuesday!

mrsdull said...

I'm pinning too :-) Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Scratch Cookin' Tuesday!

Debbie @ Easy Natural Food said...

Great recipe! Looks as good as the real thing! Thanks for sharing with Summer Salad Sunday!

allisamazing said...

This sounds fabulous!

Debbie @ Easy Natural Food said...

I've featured your dressing again! I have tweeted it, pinned it and shared it on my Facebook page. It will be featured on Summer Salad Sundays this coming Sunday.

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Love this dressing! I'll be having to give it a try soon!