I think ranch dressing is probably the least healthy dressing most people can think of. Full of mayonnaise and the oh so harmful fat (spoiler alert, fat is not always bad for you), MSGs and other chemical additives, the ranch dressing has become the enemy of dieticians all across America.

And I’m not saying that those dieticians are wrong. The type of ranch dressing that is used in most households is the one from bottles sold at every supermarket. It’s one of the more accessible dressings out there and no wonder it has become the favorite of many families. My family used to put ranch on everything savory when we were growing up. The ranch bottle was always on the table whenever we had meats, salads, and of course, potato fries. Store-bought ranch dressing is full of artificial flavor enhancers and other harmful substances. When I realized that, I literally grabbed my head in fear and thought back to all the times we had ranch dressing when I was a kid.

But just because you want to eat clean, doesn’t mean that you need to give up ranch completely. Fat can and should be embraced, as long as it comes from a good source. Use grass-fed dairy and fresh herbs to make the ultimate version of ranch dressing, so different from what you can find at supermarkets.

I use this dressing for salads but also fried foods like chicken or cheese sticks. I drizzle it over cooked or baked vegetables and sometimes even it with crackers. It’s that good!

Necessary equipment:

  • a large mixing bowl
  • a whisk
  • a sharp knife

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of homemade mayonnaise (how to make mayonnaise)
  • 1 cup of grass-fed sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • a large handful of fresh parsley
  • a large handful of fresh chives
  • a large handful of fresh dill
  • 1 t. of garlic powder
  • 1 t. of onion powder
  • juice from one lemon
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. Continue until all the ingredients are combined and the mixture looks smooth.
  2. Add in the chopped herbs, onion powder, and garlic powder. Whisk to combine.
  3. If needed, season with salt and pepper.
  4. Your homemade ranch dressing is ready! Store in a glass jar in the fridge.