Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ranch salad dressing - a continuing obsession

As predicted, after my endless days of eating out all I feel like having is salad and lots of fruit.

My breakfast this morning was a salad:

Sunrise ranch salad.
In fact, I had salad for dinner last night too.

Deconstructed beef kebab salad.

I had one beef kebab left so I pulled everything off the skewer, grilled it up and tossed it with some lettuce.

A healthy dollop of guacamole went on top.

As you can see from this shot - a certain furry someone is fully recovered :-)

Connor is hoping that I will suddenly keel over while taking pictures so he can get to enjoy/steal my salad.

The dogs did get a nice chunk of beef to enjoy - Connor was just hoping for a miracle.

This morning I made more of my ranch dressing.  The first time I made it I made a batch that was enough for 5 - 6 servings. 

Making a big batch was a huge mistake. I could not control myself from going back to the jar over and over again until I finished all the dressing in one day.

Self-control is not my strong suit at times...

So, this morning, I am including a version that serves one for those of you that are like me and become unrestrained around ranch dressing.

For my salad I washed and dried 2 cups of iceberg lettuce and 1 cup of spinach.

Then I diced up one scallion and 1/2 an heirloom tomato.

I did want some protein so I poached an egg.

Then I made the infamous dressing. I didn't have all the ingredients for the original version so there are some substitutions.

Ranch Dressing for one


1 tsp of Vegenaise
1 tsp of unsweetened soy milk
1/2 tsp of water
1/2 tsp of Siggis non-fat plain yogurt
1/4 tsp of garlic powder
1/4 tsp of onion powder
1/4 tsp of dried parsley


Whisk all of the ingredients together and let sit in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to give the flavors a chance to marry.

Drizzle the dressing over any greens or vegetables of your choice. Enjoy!

*Note* this recipe makes an intense ranch flavored dressing which is what I was looking for but if you want a more traditional ranch flavor reduce the onion and garlic powder to 1/8 of a tsp each.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday!


  1. I was expecting you to veg out after all the recent eating out. Ranch is such a versatile flavor, ranch chicken wings, ranch popcorn..the variety is endless. I like your "small batch" recipe, none left to clutter up the fridge. Hope you are having a great weekend.

  2. Love all the different variations of salad - the soft egg looks wonderful. Sunrise splendor.