Seldom have I ever heard anybody talk about ranch sauce and give a sour face. Most people love ranch and I am no exception. I put it on salads, chicken, sweet potato fries, you name it. I love the flavor, I love the creaminess, and how it just has this ability to take the flavors of everything it touches and make it taste delicious.
Now have you ever looked at the ingredients label on a bottle of ranch sauce. It’s not too comforting. The rule of 5 ingredients or less is definitely out the door. Here is a link to a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch Classic https://cdn01-www-hiddenvalley-com.scdn4.secure.raxcdn.com/wp content/uploads/2015/10/hvr_orig_nutrients_ranch.jpg
The very first ingredient is a vegetable oil blend (which at first sounds healthy but guess what it’s not!). This vegetable oil blend is a combination of soybean oil and canola oil. Both of which are not good for you. Soybean oil especially because it contains xenoestrogens which have been shown to throw of your base hormones. Some other unhealthy ingredients found in this ranch are natural flavors, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, artificial flavors, extra sugar, and many other preservatives.
Now if you made your own you probably wouldn’t include those previous mentioned bad ingredients. I have 2 different healthy recipes alternatives that are very easy to make.
Dr Jake’s Homemade Ranch Sauce
Avocado Mayonnaise or Butter milk
Organic Sour cream
Organic Lemon Juice
Celtic Sea Salt
1) Making this is easy. Add 1/4 cup of mayo, 1/4 cup of sour cream, 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of pepper, 2 tsp of Celtic salt, and 2 tbsp of parsley flakes to a bowl and mix them together with a fork.
*If you like a thinner ranch add more Butter Milk or Mayo. If you like it thicker add more sour cream.
*Play around with the recipe to make it more towards the ranch you love. You can add peppercorns, more or less garlic, BBQ sauce, Parmesan cheese, etc…
Dr Jake’s Homemade Vegan Ranch
Replace the previous ingredients with soy free or grape seed oil Veganaise mayo and Cashew Sour Cream. The seasonings and the steps are the same. If you have never made cashew sour cream here’s how.
Cashew Sour Cream
Organic Lemon Juice
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1). Put a bag of RAW cashews in a bowl and cover with clean water. Let this soak for at least 2 hours. I prefer 24 hours as this makes creamier and less gritty version sour cream.
2) After it is done soaking drain the water it sat in.
3) Add the following ingredients to a blender: 2 cups of the water soaked cashews, 1 cup of new clean water, 2 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp of organic lemon juice, and 1 tbsp of Celtic salt.
4) Blend this until it is very smooth. If you let it sit in the fridge and cool it will thicken more.