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By Guest Blogger: Ashton Miller, Novant Health
This Greek Yogurt Ranch dressing that has all of the taste of a regular ranch without the additives, preservatives, and saturated fat that most ranch dressings have. The Greek yogurt provides some protein and the entire recipe only has 200 calories. For a 2 tbsp serving this dip has 25 calories compared to a regular Kraft ranch dressing at 110 calories. It is so quick and easy to make at home and will last about 5 days in the refrigerator. It can be used for salad dressing, as a dip for veggies or anything you would normally use ranch dressing for. (Recipe credit: https://showmetheyummy.com)
Bonus: Heart-healthy chicken and sausage jambalaya recipe follows the dip.
Homemade Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip:
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 – 2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 – 2 teaspoons onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh chives
1 cup non-fat plain greek yogurt
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1. Place the spices (dried parsley – fresh chives) into a food processor and pulse a few times, until the spices have been ground up a bit.
2. Scrape down the sides.
3. Place the remaining ingredients – Greek yogurt, buttermilk, Dijon, and lemon juice – into the food processor and pulse until the ingredients have been fully incorporated.
4. Scrape down the sides, if needed, and pulse again.
5. Transfer into a sealable container and place in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Notes: Some people like more or less garlic/onion powder, so start with a little and go from there. This is a thin dressing, if you like thicker dressings, slowly add in the buttermilk, until the consistency you prefer is reached.