My husband came across a recipe in a magazine at our pediatrician’s office last week and decided to try it out. It was for a homemade ranch dip. He made a few minor alterations and I have to say it turned out great! Better yet, it took less than 10 minutes to prepare and our three year old daughter was able to help!
- 1 cup plain yogurt (we used organic whole milk yogurt, the recipe called for low fat.)
- 4 tbsp dried parsley
- 1 tbsp dried dill
- 2 tbsp onion powder
- 2 tsp Cajun seasoning (the original recipe called for 2 tsp garlic powder, but hubby wanted to spice it up!)
- 2 tsp paprika
- 2 tsp fresh ground pepper, or to taste
- 1 tsp salt
Stir all of your dry ingredients into a jar or container with an air tight lid (you will have plenty leftover to make more than one batch). To make your dip, stir 1 tablespoon of your dry ingredients into 1 cup of plain yogurt. Serve with your favorite chips or vegetables! Our dip was thin enough we could use it as a dressing on salad, if your yogurt is a little thicker just add some milk until you reach the desired consistancy.
How does our recipe compare to the store bought ranch dressing in terms of nutritional value? Let’s take a look:
|Homemade Ranch Dip*||Store Bought Ranch Dressing*|
|Fat||9 g||112 g|
|Saturated Fat||6 g||16 g|
|Cholesterol||35 mg||80 mg|
|Sodium||200 mg||2720 mg|
|Carbohydrates||12 g||16 g|
|Sugar||12 g||8 g|
|Protein||8 g||0 g|
* Serving size is 1 cup.
I would also like to note that our homemade ranch dip contains Vitamins A and D and Calcium where the store bought ranch dressing does not. Also, since our dip was made from yogurt it contains live active cultures that help improve digestion and digestive health. One last item to point out, our ranch dip does not contain MSG, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Xanthan gum or any other ingredients that you may not be familiar with.
This would also make a really nice gift for someone, just put all your dry ingredients in a small jar, attach the directions of how to make it with a pretty ribbon and voila, a wonderful, homemade gift!
What types of dips and dressing have you made using yogurt?