Finding dressing in the store that isn’t loaded with chemical preservatives is difficult nowadays. Most of them have EDTA added to them to preserve freshness. It is a widely used preservative that can even be found in baby foods. You know what also has EDTA in it? If you have ever had your blood drawn the vacutainer tubes that they collect your blood in are loaded with anticoagulants, including EDTA! I’m still looking into the difference in its functionality between ingested and vacutainers but still, the fact it is in something that we use to prevent blood from clotting and we are ingesting it has always freaked me out. Additional information on EDTA .
Even the organic dressings are not always the best option as some are full of evaporated cane juice, aka sugar. My taste buds must be changing because the store-bought brands seem very bitter to me now. My husband is a big lover of Ranch dressing so I have experimented with different homemade ranch dressings and this is what I came up with.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 1/3 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4-1 cup buttermilk, depending on desired thickness (or plain milk with 1 tbsp of lemon juice added to it)
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 2 tbsp dried dill
- 2 tbsp dried parsley (try half cilantro for an added kick)
- 1 tbsp chives, chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Freshly ground black pepper to your preference
If you have fresh herbs on hand they will taste even better you just may have to use slightly more to get the same taste (i.e. 3-4 tbsp fresh parsley). This is easily adapted to taste so add more or less of what you like! I am not a fan of mayo so I use yogurt but you could swap that.