So I am on a mission to create a healthy replacement for Ranch dressing. I basically quit eating salad a month ago out of frustration. I was sick of eating them with plain balsamic and sick of how unhealthy most salad dressings are. I cant rationalize eating that many calories if I am still going to be starving afterwards. I do love me some Ranch, and at the TenPenny stand at Smorgasburg before it closed for the season I had a vegetable salad DUSTED with ranch. Now, I have no idea how they accomplished a homemade powdered Ranch, especially one that wasn’t dry or vinegary, but if you have any ideas, please let me know. I do know that you can buy powdered Ranch, so for this first experiment, that’s what I shall use. With some nice grilled lamb.
This is a really great meal, and a fabulous recipe, if I do say so myself. Easily adaptable, delicious, healthy, filling.
So it was suggested to me by a friend that I use avocado as a salad dressing base instead of oil or eggs. I liked this idea and began my experiment.
Serves 4 (or 2 super hungry people)
Nutrition – YES MA’AM!
– Avocado Ranch Dressing –
1 large, ripe avocado
3 TB apple cider vinegar
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 cloves garlic*
1 TB Ranch powder
S & P to taste
Blend all ingredients together
– Spicy Grilled Lamb –
1 1/2 lbs lamb chunks
3 TB Greek yogurt
1 TB cayenne
2 TB sofrito
1 tsp turmeric
S & P to taste
Mix together in a bowl prior to cooking and let marinate.
– Salad –
3 radishes*, chopped small
1 carrot*, chopped small
1 small head red lettuce* cleaned very well and ripped into bite size pieces
1 small head green lettuce* cleaned very well and ripped into bite size pieces
Clearly, you can use whatever you like here, I personally stuck to just CSA veggies, and unfortunately they didn’t give use the exact names of the produce, but the red lettuce is absolutely gorgeous and delicious.
So basically this is a really simple meal. Mix your dressing in with your salad and then toss your lamb on the grill, cook for a couple minutes and then place on top of your salad. You can sub in a variety of meats, but I am partial to red meat in this type of scenario. I was starving after working out today, and was under the impression that I would eat the below amount of food, but in reality, the other half got passed on to The Bee who polished it off, as men tend to do. I already look forward to making this again, the dressing is truly a winner.
I actually love ranch dressing too. Such a guilty pleasure. I’ve never thought of just using the powder though, and avocados actually make a lot of sense! Btw . . . is that . . . is that a Magic Bullet I see?
hahaha yes it is. Someone got it for me as a gag gift and i use it ALL the time, haha. Joke is on them!!! That thing is great. I usually am only cooking for myself or one other person, and i don’t feel like getting my food processor out, well, ever, the thing really is magic, haha. I grind coffee beans and cheese and make dressings and sauces mostly. Tried using it for more food items like the celery/tuna salad like in the infomercial and that didn’t work as well though.
You know, I’ve heard you can make your own ranch powder. Now, Google gives me a recipe! I think I should try this…
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
½ cup dry buttermilk
1 tbsp dried parsley, crushed
1 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried onion flakes
1 tsp salt
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp ground pepper
Combine all ingredients in your food processor and grind until it becomes a fine powder. Store in an airtight container. To prepare the dressing: Combine one tablespoon mix with one cup of mayonnaise and one cup milk.
I am holding a glittery sign and crying like I’m at a backstreet boys show in ’96 over this whole post…
thanks em! im totally gonna try that once i wean myself off of that nostalgic chemical ranch flavor haha.
and, love you Patrice! haha