Here is a cleaner version of the classic ranch dressing. No added sweeteners, no thickeners and really good flavor. I have to say that I love a good salad with a fresh vinaigrette. I like tasting the actual flavors of lettuce, cucumbers and peppers. I don't need to eat every raw vegetable smothered in dip or dressing. Yet still, I love ranch dressing! I just do. The classic veggie tray, present at every social function and my go-to gluten free snack, is sorely lacking without the yummy, creamy ranch side-kick.
This recipe calls for both yogurt and mayo. It can definitely be made entirely with yogurt, it will just have a tangier flavor and won't mimic the traditional ranch flavor quite as much.
Try this dressing as a dipper for chicken wings, a sauce on baked chicken, a condiment on a roast beef sandwich or mixed with avocado and hard boiled eggs for an updated egg salad. Yumm.
This recipe inspired by Jerk Wings with Ranch Dipping Sauce from yumly.com
A very helpful list of GF Salad Dressings from GF in San Diego
A delicious looking dairy free Ranch Dressing at Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom
Another dairy free Ranch Dressing using coconut milk at Simply Gluten-Free.com
Can't Eat a Thing has a similar Yogurt Ranch Dressing that is IC friendly- IC stands for Interstitial Cystitis- a condition I have not heard of and will now be looking into.
Spicy Yogurt Ranch
1/2 C mayo
1/2 C plain yogurt
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp dried dill
Mix all ingredients together, cover and chill for 30 minutes so the flavors can meld
Taste and adjust seasonings and spice as necessary