I was sitting at the table, reviewing one of my recipes which had not been tested yet for my cookbook. Ranch dressing is one of those items you would assume would be gluten-free until you look at the label. Then you also might see all of the other ingredients that aren’t so appealing.
My kids are big fans of ranch dressing so I thought, why not try it right now? I normally don’t make everything from scratch but I was curious to see if it was worth it to make my own.
Assuming you have the ingredients in your kitchen (which I usually do), this can be whipped up in less than 5 minutes. It’s always better if it sets but if you can’t wait, don’t worry, it’s still great.
When I made it, I called the kids over for a taste test. They grabbed some carrots from the fridge and dug in. My son then announced “That’s the best ranch dressing I ever had”. Ok, there’s my motivation!
Gluten-Free Ranch Dip or Dressing
Makes 1 1/2 cups
1/2 c mayonnaise*
1 c sour cream*
1 Tbl chopped dried parsley (or 2 Tbl fresh)
1/2 tsp dry dill (or 1 tsp fresh, chopped)
1/2 tsp sea or Kosher salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbl white vinegar
*For dairy-free, use 1 1/2 cups of a soy based mayonnaise
Note: make sure the mayonnaise is gluten-free. Some people are sensitive to dried herbs, especially those in bulk.
To make dip, mix all ingredients. Place in the fridge and wait at least 30 minutes before using.
To make dressing, mix all ingredients plus 1-2 Tbl milk to make it more pourable. Follow directions above.
Author Information: Amy Fothergill, San Francisco, CA
Amy Fothergill is the mother of two and owner of The Family Chef. She teaches cooking classes and provides consultations. She blends her culinary techniques with delicious ingredients to create gluten free, healthy dishes that the whole family enjoys.
Blog: http://thefamilychef.blogspot.com (a food blog which is a blend of gluten free and regular recipes)
Email: Amy Fothergill
Gluten-free recipes: http://www.examiner.com/x-13910-SF-GlutenFree-Food-Examiner