My all-time favorite salad dressing recipe is one I learned how to make when I worked at Focus on the Family–Honey Poppy Seed Salad Dressing. Unfortunately, it’s not the most slimming thing on the planet (nor the best for blood sugar levels–lots of sweetness in it!), especially now that I am working on (and succeeding at) losing weight.
My second favorite salad dressing is Ranch. And it’s so quick and easy to make at home with on-hand ingredients while at the same time making it on-plan for my Trim Healthy Mama weight loss phase (phase because I don’t intend to be losing weight forever–I do plan on reaching a maintenance mode one day)!
Ranch is a highly versatile salad dressing. If you don’t like a particular spice or herb, don’t use it. If you really like a particular one, use as much as fancies you. Ranch can almost not be screwed up!
In my version of Ranch dressing (what I fondly refer to as our “House Ranch”) I like to add a little tarragon. This tarragon gives the dressing an extra tang–which I really, really like, but if you’d rather enjoy the dressing without the added tang, just omit the tarragon. And feel free to get creative. Try adding more spices or herbs to come up with a Ranch dressing unique to you.
This recipe yields a very tasty, low carb and gluten free (in case you were wondering what all those letters in the title stood for) salad dressing. If you are riding on the Trim Healthy Mama train as I am, this salad dressing is considered an S (Satisfying) item. I’d limit it to probably no more that 3 tablespoons in one meal.
This recipe is a definite staple in my home, and I hope it will be in your home as well!
- 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
- 1/2 c. mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. white vinegar
- 2 tsp. parsley
- 1/2 tsp. tarragon
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. Real Salt
- 1/4 tsp. paprika
- 1/4 tsp. mustard powder
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. dill
In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. If it's too thick for your taste, add water one teaspoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
Chill and serve.