Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Homemade Ranch and Chipotle Ranch Dressing

One of the easiest ways to save money, reduce the "gunk" in your food, avoid gluten (yes, many store-bought ranch mix packs contain gluten) and save yourself an extra trip to the grocery store, is to have a recipe or two up your sleeve to use in a pinch.

We already use our Homemade Taco Mix regularly.  But now with the season of salads upon us, we've been whipping up both regular Ranch Dressing and Chipotle Ranch Dressing too!

Here is the easy recipe, all you do is add chipotle pepper powder and paprika to the base Ranch Dressing mix to spice it up a bit.  Mix with Greek Yogurt and you have a super-healthy dressing that is just as rich and creamy as the original.

Homemade Ranch Dressing (with Chipotle Ranch Dressing* option)

1 tablespoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon dried dill weed
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
¾  teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 cup non-fat or low fat Greek Yogurt

Combine all ingredients except yogurt and stir well.  Add to the yogurt and mix well.  Tastes best if allowed to sit 1 hour before using.

*To make Chipotle Ranch Dressing:  add 1/8 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper powder and 1/4 teaspoon paprika to the mix.

Makes 1 cup dressing.

The finished product on a wonderful summer salad.

Side note:  Dry mix (everything but the yogurt) can be mixed and stored in a sealed container for future use.  Additionally, you can make a double, triple or quadruple batch and store it in a container.  To use with the yogurt, use a scant 2 tablespoons of the mix per 1 cup of yogurt.

Life is sweet,


Laura said...

Awesome! I need to get some dill and then label and store! Thanks for sharing.

MorganE said...

Great recpie! I just made it and can't wait to try it out :)

Sue said...

thank you for posting this recipe! i have been looking for a more healthy and economical replacement for the $4 a bottle Bolthouse Salsa Ranch dressing that i love. I made your "chipotle" version and added in a couple spoonsful of fresh salsa, and it is AMAZING!