Note from Naturally Loriel: I am so excited for today’s recipe that Claire from Bloom created for us. I knew she could create a ranch dressing made from my Real Food Ranch mix that was easy yet filled the void of wanting the conventional Ranch dressing found at grocery stores.
Well, she nailed it.
My family has been enjoying this Ranch for a few months now and we couldn’t be happier — I know your family is going to love it, too. Thank you so much Claire for this Real Food Ranch dressing made simple.
Like Loriel, I have spent much of my twenties trying as best as I can to be aware of what can be found in typical convenience products that are normally found at the store.
For me, I started reading labels for sake of nutrition, but the more I learned about food and our food system, it soon evolved to taking a closer look at the ingredients as well.
With the desire to keep an eye on not just nutritional elements, but also the ingredients that I was putting in my body, there were some days that it just felt easier to just write some products off. Even if they were my favorites. And because of things like cheap oils, artificial flavors, unnatural thickening agents, extreme sugars, and preservatives, this is exactly what I have done with salad dressing.
Salads have been a staple in my life. Growing up, a side salad was served with every dinner. In college, I was famous among my friends in the dorms for making the best looking salads from the dining court’s large salad bar. And today, I still really enjoy salads. I grow many different varieties of lettuce making it super easy to eat salad at both lunch and dinner.
But instead of switching things up every day from creamy dressings to light vinaigrettes, I top my salads with a quick splash of red wine vinegar and some good extra virgin olive oil.
It’s fine and really fresh; but, there are days that I long for something a little different.
… And, so does my husband. He is a child of the rural Midwest, where- I am pretty positive- Ranch dressing is it’s own food group.
Real Food Ranch Dressing Made Simple
Since Loriel has grown her Naturally Free brand and opened new products, I have been anxiously awaiting her Ranch blend. I couldn’t wait for that dinner when I would pull Ranch dressing made from the NF Ranch blend out of the fridge, pleasantly surprising my husband and still maintaining a clear conscious.
Thanks to the blend, packed with simple ingredients like parsley, onion, dill and garlic powder, I can.
And, I can make it into a flavorful dressing without breaking a sweat.
A dressing so good, that my (goofy) husband, who has suffered from ranch dressing withdrawal for the first four years of our marriage rejoiced it’s arrival back on our table and quoted Jim Carry’s “It’s good. It’s goooood.” a la Bruce Almighty bite after bite.
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- 1 cup organic sour cream
- ½ to ¾ cup (depending on desired thickness) organic whole milk
- Juice from ½ lemon
- Naturally Free Real Food Ranch Packet (find it here)
- Put all ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk together until well combined. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
Claire is a City Girl Transplant that now lives on eighty panoramic acres in the country and writes for Bloom. Bloom is a local food and backyard gardening blog full of recipes and humous realities of what life is like when you own chickens… and designer shoes. Through the sarcasm and the dirt, there is an underlyng theme of growth in every sense. Claire is a longtime foodie with a career in the food industry and a passion for wholesome, home cooked meals.