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Homemade Ranch Dressing with Greek Yogurt

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

So, I have lived my entire life eating ranch.  When I was younger I would eat Ranch with EVERYTHING!  I would even put it on my cooked green beans.  Yes, I am a weirdo–I know this.  Luckily, since I’ve gotten older I have slowed down on the amount of things I put ranch on.  I have limited myself to using it on salads, with pizza, and chicken fingers.  When my husband and I started our 30 Days of Real Food challenge–I never took into account that I wouldn’t be able to slather my healthy salads with fattening, chemical laden ranch dressing.  Sigh.  I had to resort to using Balsamic Vinegar and also made a pretty delicious Avocado, Cilantro, Lime vinaigrette.   But it just wasn’t the same.  I missed my yummy, smooth, tangy, ranch dressing.  I’ve seen multitudes of recipes for homemade versions, but they all include BUTTERMILK!  And yes, while buttermilk may just indeed be a “real” food, I didn’t want to undo the healthy goodness of my salads by pouring all of that fat onto them. 

So what’s a girl to do?  Improvise!  What could I make into a creamy, ranchy dressing, you ask?  Greek Yogurt, what else?!   After all, I’ve been making my own ranch seasoning, instead of buying individual packets–Why not convert that to a dressing?  That is EXACTLY what I did this afternoon.  Experiment #1 on the ranch dressing was a success!  

Since some of you have decided to follow me on my challenge, and even for those that just want to cut back on the processed foods–I decided to be nice and share my recipe with you!

You’ll need some Greek Yogurt, Milk, Vinegar, Dried Parsley, Dried Dill Weed, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Salt and Pepper (full recipe at the bottom)

First combine the Greek Yogurt and Milk

Homemade Ranch Dressing

And whisk it together until it’s nice and creamy

 

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Put in your seasonings to taste–the key is to add the Dill and Garlic–that really gives it the ranch flavor!

Homemade Ranch DressingThen mix it all up!Homemade Ranch Dressing

and Voila!  You have just made homemade Ranch Dressing!  Pretty easy huh?

My hubby thought this batch was just a tad bit runny, so you may want to either cut back on your milk, or add more yogurt.  You could also add in some cornstarch–about 1/2 tsp-to thicken it if you wish.

I’m going to store mine in a Mason Jar in the fridge.  I’m sure it will keep just as long as your Milk and Yogurt will keep.

Enjoy!

Homemade ranch dressing made with greek yogurt. It tastes just like the real thing!

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 c. Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 c. Milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Dill
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk and yogurt.
  2. Add in the vinegar and spices and whisk until combined.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge.

Notes

If your concoction is too runny, you can add in more yogurt, or cornstarch to thicken it.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Unsaturated Fat 0g

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Vicki and Jennifer 2 Bees in a Pod

Saturday 16th of May 2015

Hey Amanda - saw this dressing recipe over at Across the Boulevard link party. Our family loves Ranch Dressing and we can't wait to try this healthier version! Thanks so much for sharing!

Amanda

Sunday 17th of May 2015

I hope you like it!!

Joanne T Ferguson

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

G'day love this and thanks as it is now on the list! Cheers! Joanne

Amanda

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

Thanks Joanne! Love it!

Lisa | A Merry Mom

Sunday 22nd of June 2014

I love ranch and can't wait to try this homemade, healthier version. Pinned! I'm guest co-hosting the Merry Monday linkup this week, and this is my featured pick. Thanks for sharing! :)

Amanda

Monday 23rd of June 2014

Thank you so much! I hope your family enjoys it.

Carrie Lynn Ingles Groneman

Saturday 21st of June 2014

I love this recipe and intend to try it very soon. I pinned and featured this on my fb page. I definitely think we are bloggy sisters because I can't do my hair and I very much enjoyed your 'dreams and goals'. Thank you for linking up at Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

Amanda

Sunday 22nd of June 2014

Thanks Carrie! I'm so glad you stopped by and please let me know how you like the ranch recipe!!

Erlene

Thursday 19th of June 2014

My oldest sons loves Ranch and I can never seem to keep enough in the house. This will be a great alternative to buying the bottled dressing and much more healthier for him. Pinned. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

Amanda

Friday 20th of June 2014

Much healthier--and cheaper in the long run!