Ranch Dressing

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Posted: 16 May 2010, 12:10
I am on a search for a really good fat free ranch dressing! Does anyone know of any?

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Posted: 16 May 2010, 12:52
How about Walden Farms dressings - Calorie Free. You can order them and other great products at locarbu.com

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Posted: 16 May 2010, 16:19
Thanks I will check it out!

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Posted: 16 May 2010, 21:54
The Kraft is what I have and I am not to fond of it. It's ok, but a little to tangy and thin for my taste.

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Posted: 16 May 2010, 22:00
So far I really like hidden valley....they have a fat free ranch. It's thick and not tangy. Give it a try.
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Posted: 16 May 2010, 22:08
Have you considered making your own with ff sour cream? Hidden Valley makes dry mixes, or there are a ton of recipes online as well.
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Posted: 16 May 2010, 22:19
I think all the prepared ranch dressings, at least the low and no fat versions are heinous. The original ranch dressing mix from Hidden Valley is kind of loaded with carbs, salt, and other nastiness, but it is a good place to start. I've made it for my sister, who won't touch a vegetable unless she has a ranch dip, with fat free plain yogurt . She gave it mixed reviews. I cannot worry about her eating issues as I've mine own, but I found it quite tasty. I'd like to see what the recipe is for the powdered mix so I could improve its health potential. Any help?

EDIT - Found one myself:

* 15 Saltine Crackers
* 2 cups Dry minced parsley flakes
* 1/2 cup Dry minced onion
* 2 T Dry dill weed
* 1/4 cup Onion salt
* 1/4 cup Garlic salt

* 1/4 cup Onion powder
* 1/4 cup Garlic powder
* .
* For Salad Dressing:
* 1 tablespoon Mix
* 1 cup Mayonnaise
* 1 cup Buttermilk

* (makes 1 pint)

The stuff in italics have got to go. Any suggestions?


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Posted: 17 May 2010, 10:33
I Buy the packets of Uncle Dans Original Southern and make my own with lowfat buttermilk and a mixture of lowfat mayo and light sourcream...LOVE IT!

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Posted: 18 May 2010, 14:46
I have never had a Fat Free Dressing that I liked even a little bit...it's a sure way to ruin a perfectly good salad! What I prefer to do is take one serving of a really tasty low-fat ranch and mix it with a serving of my favorite salsa. For very little fat you get all of the flavor plus some and you don't have to worry about the salad getting dry.
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Posted: 18 May 2010, 14:53
I agree w/ Jenju! I do the same thing. One serving of dressing mixed w/ a 1/4 cup or less of my fav salsa & my salads are perfect. = )
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Posted: 19 May 2010, 20:05
I like the idea of salsa and low fat. That sounds great. I will have to try that. For the time being I am eating regular ranch in lower quantity.

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Posted: 19 May 2010, 22:42
I must say I have never found anything fat free that had much flavor. Fat free salad dressing tastes really awful to me. Guess I wasn't much help, was I. (:

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Posted: 20 May 2010, 12:29
yeah, I don't do fat free dressings much except for italian. I choose low fat versions.
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Posted: 20 May 2010, 12:42
Here's what I would try: the packet of hidden valley ranch, 1 cup of skim milk, 1 cup of nonfat yogurt. Actually, I'd go 1/2 cup of non fat yogurt and 1/2 full fat mayo. I don't think I'd be able to tell the difference between that and the 1 cup of milk/1 cup of mayo version.
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