Ranch dressing is a refreshing salad topper, and quite possibly one of the easiest things to make at home. Ranch dressing on the store shelf is filled with chemicals and genetically modified ingredients. For example Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, owned by the Clorox company, contains soybean or canola oil (genetically modified foods), sugar, natural flavors (hidden unlisted ingredients), phosphoric acid, xantham gum, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, artificial flavors (hidden unlisted ingredients), disodium phosphate, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTAS preservatives, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate. Making your own dressing at home takes less than five minutes. 

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To make homemade ranch dressing combine these ingredients in a bowl and stir:

1 cup of kefir cream (cream fermented with kefir grains)

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon dill weed

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon chives

1 tablespoon finely chopped onions

1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic

1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

salt and pepper to taste

Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Homemade ranch dressing can be served cold or used warm directly after combining the ingredients. It is thicker after being refrigerated. This is not just a refreshing dressing, it’s a probiotic food. 

*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]

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