Recently Scott and I committed to the Whole 30 Eating Plan. The basic premise is that you only eat “real” food: basically meat, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits – no dairy, grains, or sugar. If it comes in a package and has a list of ingredients it is probably not on the plan. We succeeded for our 30 days so we are adapting it as a lifestyle. We have tweeked the plan slightly so that it is easy for us to eat this healthy, wholesome way 90% of the time. We have grace for ourselves to eat off plan occasionally when we go out to eat or are being served at a meeting or friends house.
We have new favorite recipes now, but the one that is on the top of our list is my Ranch Dressing. We made a batch of this every Sunday in prep for the week’s meals. We serve it on our potatoes, as a salad dressing, over fish, as a dip for chicken wings and veggies, and in place of mayo in recipes such as chicken or tuna salad.
Don’t get freaked out and think this is too hard because you make your own mayo. Once you are stocked with the necessary ingredients, it will only take you 15 minutes to make this unforgettable dressing. Try it – you will love it!
- 1 ¼ cup light olive oil (see note)
- 1 egg at room temperature
- ½ t dry mustard
- ½ t salt
- Juice from ½ lemon
- ¼ cup coconut cream (see note)
- 2 Tbl red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbl minced fresh garlic
- 1 Tbl minced onion
- 1 Tbl chopped fresh chives or 1 t dried chives
- 1 t parsely
- 1 t dried dill
- ½ t paprika
- ½ t celery seed
- Start by making a basic mayonnaise recipe.
- Add the first five ingredients to a tall container that is at least 3 cups. A quart canning jar works nicely.
- Use an immersion blender to mix till thick. Hold your immersion blender vertical over the egg while holding the blender to the bottom of your container. Turn on the blender but hold in this position until the mayo is thick and has incorporated about 2/3rds of the oil. Gently raise your blender and move around in the container till all the oil is mixed in.
- Add in the remainder of the ingredients and mix well with a small spatula.