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Ranch Dressing and Dip

By Lara DeHaven

Before Jake was tested for allergies, he had a reaction to Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.   A welpy rash appeared all around his mouth.  I read the ingredients and assumed the problem was milk related.  Isaac had already been diagnosed with several allergies, one of which was milk.

During the allergy testing process, Jake had no food allergies.  However, he was very allergic to formaldehyde and aspartame.  I brought up the ranch dressing.  The doctor looked at me like I was crazy.  He said, “That is not food.  It is nothing but chemicals.”

Well I don’t know about that.  I mean there are chemicals in the dressing, but all chemicals?  Anyway, I have not purchased any ranch dressing in a couple of years now.  After making my own Italian-style dressing for years, I was really beginning to crave ranch dressing.  So after reading several different recipes, I branched out and experimented on my own.

Ranch Dressing

1 Tbsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
goat milk to desired consistency (I use about 1/4 cup.)

In a small bowl, combine all the seasonings.  Add the lemon juice and mayonnaise.  Stir it together well.  Slowly add the milk and whisk until well combined.  Add more milk until you get the consistency you desire.  My family prefers ours to be thicker than runny.

Pour into a small jelly jar.  Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for a day or two.

This recipe makes what we need for one dinner for our family of seven.  It is an easy recipe to whip up right before dinner.

We had always like dipping our vegetables or potato chips in ranch dip, too.  I had also stopped purchasing the ranch dip packets at the store after the whole “chemical” comment from the doctor.  This recipe is wonderful for dip, too.

Ranch Dip

2 Tbsp parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
8 oz sour cream

Stir it all together in a bowl and chill well before serving.

These recipes have enabled my family to enjoy ranch dressing and ranch dip again.  They are delicious and chemical-free.  I hope that your family likes these recipes as much as we do.  Try them this weekend.

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4 Responses to “Ranch Dressing and Dip”

  1. Lara,
    I’m definitely going to try these recipes. Salad dressing is something I struggle with constantly. Thanks for the help.
    BTW…shouldn’t everyone be allergic to formaldehyde and aspartame?
    Just my opinion :-)

  2. Lara DeHaven

    I always look forward to your posts. You have great comments and encouraging words. You also make me laugh, especially this one.
    Well, I definitely think that formaldehyde and aspartame are not good for everyone; however, I do not react to them like Jake, who is allergic. He literally gets a rash from contact with formaldehyde even if it is just clothes that have been dried with dryer sheets. Aspartame makes him bounce off the walls uncontrollably. I used to think sugar was the culprit so I would give him Crystal Light instead. He only got worse. The whole time I was giving him exactly what was causing his reaction. Some people get debilitating headaches from either.
    But yes, we should all stay away from these chemicals, which unfortunately is harder to do than you would think.

  3. my daughter has gotten these rashes on her face from dressings too. the dr told me to give her benadryl. but we didnt understand why this was happening til I read your post on your site. thank you so much, now I know my child may also be sensitive to these things. I will also be making changes in our food aisle.

  4. Lara DeHaven

    Thank you for telling me your story. I am not a doctor; therefore, I am simply sharing my experiences. What I don’t understand is why doctors typically want to just treat symptoms and not find out what is causing them in the first place. I would highly recommend getting your daughter tested for food allergies. We chose to do this untraditionally with applied kinesiology, but that of course was our own decision. However removing chemicals from our diet is healthier for anyone regardless of his/her reaction. Like Carol said earlier in a comment, aren’t we all allergic to chemicals?


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