This healthy homemade ranch dressing is so good you’re going to want to put it on everything! Ranch dressing is an American salad dressing usually made with a base of buttermilk and seasoning such as onion, garlic, salt, mustard, herbs, and spices. To avoid using dairy, this version uses mayonnaise as the base and coconut milk to make it the right consistency. Try drizzling it on a bed of greens, with chicken wings, or as a dipping sauce for crudités.
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Tips for making homemade ranch dressing
Use a room temperature egg
You can leave the egg out on the counter for an hour before to bring it to room temperature. If you don’t have time for that, leave it in a bowl of warm (not hot) water for 5 minutes. This helps to prevent the mayonnaise from breaking.
Use light olive oil
Extra virgin olive oil has a much stronger taste which can overpower the rest of the flavors in the dressing. Opt for light olive oil which is light yellow instead of the green-yellow of extra virgin olive oil. It also has a higher smoke point which makes it ideal for cooking with.
If using store-bought mayonnaise, look for one that uses avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil as a base. Primal Kitchen does a great range of PCOS-friendly condiments. Chosen Foods Classic Keto Mayo is also a good choice because it is sugar-free and uses coconut oil.
Ranch dressing and PCOS
Store-bought mayonnaise often contains soybean oil and canola oil. They have both been found to cause inflammation. There is a strong correlation between PCOS and inflammation, i.e. the higher the levels of inflammation in the body, the worse PCOS symptoms tend to be. Therefore, anti-inflammatory foods (such as the heart-healthy olive oil in this dressing) are great for PCOS!
In addition to being good for your heart, the olive oil in this homemade dressing provides healthy fats which are essential for hormone balance. It also helps regulate the appetite and stimulates the digestion of fat and protein. So, even though it is high in calories, it may help you eat less over the course of the day. A high level of fat can keep you fuller for longer.
Homemade ranch dressing will keep for as long as the egg that was used. Check the expiry date on the carton. Otherwise, coconut milk from a can will keep for a week in the refrigerator. Therefore, keep the dressing for no more than a week in the fridge.
Healthy ranch dressing is a perfect accompaniment for so many things! Try it on radishes and scallions or crunchy lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. It’s great on scrambled eggs. It also makes a fantastic dipping sauce for Ultimate Buffalo Wings. Try cooking some Low GI Boiled Baby Potatoes and using this as a dressing to make healthy potato salad. And of course, there’s the platter of classic raw veggies such as carrots, broccoli, celery, to enjoy it with.
Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Food processor
- 1¼ cups light olive oil (not extra virgin)
- 1 large egg (room temperature)
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (the juice of half a lemon)
- ¼ cup coconut milk or almond milk
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried dill weed
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp paprika
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- In a food processor, combine the egg, ¼ cup of olive oil, and ½ teaspoon of mustard. Process until just combined.
- Drizzle in the remaining cup of olive oil with the motor running on high. The slower you add the oil, the creamier your mayonnaise will be.
- Add the salt and lemon juice when all the other ingreidents are combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
- Add the coconut milk to thin the mayonnaise. Put the parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, and red wine vinegar in the food processor. Pulse until the seasoning is evenly mixed throughout the dressing.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge. This dressing will keep as long as the egg you used. Check the expiry date on your egg carton. If you used store-bought mayonnaise, it will keep for a week.