Thursday, January 26, 2012

Ranch Dip & Dressing ~ the HEALTHIER way!

Ranch Dip and Dressing ~ the HEALTHIER way
Recipe from the kitchen of Once Upon a Plate by Mari
Yields a little over 1 cup of dressing/dip (8 servings; 2 generous Tablespoons per portion)
1 cup 0% fat Greek-style plain, unflavored yogurt*
2 Tablespoons Best Food/Hellmann's Low Fat mayonnaise**
1 large clove garlic, finely grated
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves (or scant 1 teaspoons dried)
1 scant Tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley, minced
2 teaspoons fresh chives, minced, or thinly sliced cross ways
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Generous amount of salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Optional: a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice, if you like your dressing/dip slightly tangy
Whisk all ingredients together until completely combined. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. Best if consumed within 3 to 4 days.
For dressing thin with non or low-fat milk to desired consistency.
Suggestions for use:
Topping for baked potatoes
Spread for sandwiches or wraps, particularly sliced turkey, chicken, or steak sandwiches/wraps
Sauce for grilled chicken or fish tacos
Substitute for mayonnaise in chicken or tuna salad
Flavorful sauce for pasta salad

Less than 15 calories per Tablespoon, negligible amount fat
* Low-fat plain Greek-style yogurt may be substituted
** Regular whole fat Best Foods/Hellmann's mayonnaise may be substituted