North Woods Dressing (AKA Ranch)

As we try to eat healthier and deal with my husband’s allergy to nightshade family foods, I make and more and more foods from scratch — especially foods that you usually don’t think of making from scrap, like ranch dressing.  My wonderful husband LOVES ranch dressing — he puts it on everything, pizza, sandwiches, veggies, hot dish, chicken, rice…you get the picture.  Have you ever read the ingredients label on a bottle of ranch dressing?  It usually includes vegetable oil (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated) and the word “spices”.  “Spices” can mean anything from garlic powder to paprika (a nightshade plant) to MSG.  I began making our ranch dressing several years ago and it has evolved into something that only loosely resembles ranch — we have now named it:

North Woods Dressing

First, make homemade mayonnaise.
I use:
1 egg yolk  (I know, the FDA says that eating raw eggs will kill you; I’m not telling you to eat raw eggs; I’m just sharing what we do!)
1 1/2 cups organic extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp real salt,
1 tsp mustard powder,
2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer with the wire whisk and I have no problem getting it to emulsify as long as I pour the olive oil SLOWLY down the inside of the bowl.
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Add to your homemade mayonnaise:
1 1/2 c. plain yogurt or kefir
Mix well and add:
1 Tbsp  fresh onion, finely chopped (or 1 tsp onion powder or 1 Tbsp dried minced onions)
3-4 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp black pepper
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Mix well, pour into a quart-sized jar and store in the fridge.  It thickens a bit in the fridge.
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I like using the fresh onion and garlic; I think it gives better flavor and raw garlic has such great immune boosting benefits.  But when I’m lazy or in a hurry (which is most of the time) I use the powders.

I usually double this recipe and we use up both quarts in about three weeks…
Please cut this recipe in half if your family doesn’t eat dressing like we do!

Enjoy!

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