Dressings, sauces and dips are hands down the the biggest source of added sugars, preservatives and seed oils in our diet. Most of the time we try to make our own, saving money and preventing gut inflammation with poor-quality ingredients like soybean oil or vegetable oil. Ranch dressing was my go-to condiment in college. I ate it on salads, sandwiches, pasta, bagels, you name it. Since going paleo/primal I have been using a much healthier version of the low-fat, preservative filled stuff I used to eat. Naturally, my full-proof recipe for clean ranch dip/dressing starts with making your own ranch seasoning.
Homemade Ranch Seasoning:
2 T parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp onion flakes
1 1/2 tsp dill
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp chives
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp paprika
Mix all ingredients in a wide, shallow bowl. If you prefer a finer mixture, you can pulse in a food processor until desired consistency. Store in an air-tight jar for up to 3 months.
1 cup avocado oil mayo (or make your own)
1 T homemade ranch seasoning
1-2 drops lemon essential oil
Water or homemade chicken stock for thinning
Optional: 1/2 cup grass-fed greek yogurt or sour cream*
We are absolutely in love with the avocado mayo from Primal Kitchen! We ordered a few bottles through Thrive Market with free shipping! Thrive also has a lot of other great whole-food and paleo products that are difficult to find outside of Whole Foods, so it's a great option for us. (We live a little over an hour from the closest Whole Foods!) We picked up some coconut aminos, Red Boat fish sauce, grass-fed protein powder, canned salmon, and even some unscented castle soap! The prices are really great, and it is free shipping for orders over $49, so we ended up actually saving money. Win win.
Also, if you are following along with our Whole30 starting on Friday, make sure to check out the meal plan and shopping lists here!
*This ingredient is not Whole30 compliant and should be omitted for the duration of your Whole30 and if dairy is a trigger for you.
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