Sunday, May 3, 2015

Oregano Ranch Dressing

Oregano, mayo, sour cream, garlic.... Some of my favorite things. Add a few more ingredients to this and you have an incredible salad dressing bursting with flavor! I love ranch dressing and there aren't many things that I won't dunk in this spectacular creation. One time, in the 6th grade, we had been stuck inside for far too many days due to a flood that had converged upon Cynthiana.  It must have been around Valentine's day because there was red jello in the fridge.  Since we were going to be out of school for a few days, my mom allowed me to have some of my friends over to spend the night.  She had some ranch dressing and veggies for us to snack on and eventually brought up that red jello.  I'll blame it on a combination of boredom and sleepiness, but there was a dare to dip the jello in the ranch dressing.  Let's just say it wasn't delicious.  In fact, it made one of the girls sick.  I obviously have a stomach of steel.  Why did I even tell you that story?

This year has been somewhat of a challenge for me.  I've had a biopsy and some surgery and now have something that is referred to as ADH (I won't get into all that right now) so I've decided to make some changes to the way that I eat.  Nothing too drastic but I have made the conscious decision to eat organic and non-gmo in order to avoid as many chemicals as possible.  I eat local whenever possible and have upped my efforts at eating more veggies.  Especially green ones.  However, sometimes, lettuce can just be boring.  Hence the need for ranch dressing.

I don't know anyone who hates ranch dressing.  Whether it's served with an obvious choice like salad or wings or something less popular like jello, it's just perfect.  I love it with raw veggies, roasted potato wedges, crackers, pretzels, sometimes I just dip homemade croutons in it.... I could go on but I'll stop.  I promise you'll love this version of ranch dressing.  It's become a mainstay in my fridge for the last few weeks and it should become one in yours as well.  Buy fresh, organic ingredients and it will show in the tastes of all your recipes--including this one.  The only thing I didn't use organic in this recipe was the mayo.  I use olive oil mayo but will eventually getting around to making my own mayo.  Now, if someone would just buy me that food processor,  I could make good on that.

Oregano Ranch Dressing

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

2/3 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup milk (vitamin D works best)
1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
1/2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoon organo
1 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium size bowl.  Mix well.  Transfer to mason jar for easier storage.


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