How Simple is THAT: Ranch Dressing (Low Carb)

Friday, April 11, 2014
Salads are HUGE in our house. We grow as many salad fixins in our backyard garden as we can and when we can't, we bring in the bestest and freshest available to us. 

So, just what do we dress these salads with....

RANCH of course. That said, there isn't much bleaker tasting substances than commercially prepared salad dressings. I started making my own many, many years ago as a thrifty, stay-at-home Mom with lots of kids to feed -- now I do it because it simply tastes better AND is so easily made low carb (oh, and I am still thrifty, lol).
Ranch Style Dressing

1 c mayonnaise (get a low carb, good quality one -- my favorites are Hellman's or State Fair or make your own)
1/4 c sour cream (not all created equal - look for no carbs and a short ingredient list)
1/4 c heavy cream (see the sour cream note)
1-1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
1-1/2 tsp granulated sweetener 
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
dash of paprika

Combine all ingredients and whisk together. Allow to sit 1/2 hour before serving. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 1-1/2 cups or 12 1-Tbsp servings. Each serving is >1 net carb.