Sunday, July 29, 2012

Spicy Yogurt Ranch

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
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
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

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