Healthy Homemade Dips and Dressings

Feb 4, 2015

Happy Wednesday you health enthusiasts! Since I got a few requests on the dressings and dips used from this post, I thought why not start there? I will also get some of those recipes together and post them. But, homemade dressings and dips are a great place to start if you are looking to cut calories, are doing whole30, or just wanting to cut some preservatives out of your diet. Not to mention, these are so easy to make, and dare I say taste better than the store bought versions. Who am I? Mom, if you're reading this I know that's what you're thinking!
Homemade Mayo! This is kind of like your starting point for many other dips. But it is also the most complicated depending on what method you use to make it. You can use a blender, food processor, or immersion blender. I have tried them all and the immersion blender is by far the fastest, easiest, and dummy proof way to make mayo.
Ingredients:
1 whole egg
1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1 1/4 cup light olive oil 

How you add the ingredients will depend on the method you use. For an immersion blender just throw it all in, and pulse the mixture until you see it thicken from the bottom up. Just small slow bursts until it begins to get creamy, then you can just mix it. 

If you use a food processor, or blender you want to add in everything except the oil! Then you will pour the oil in very very slowly. You have to make sure it emulsifies. This will only happen if you have a slow steady pour going. It will take a little longer, but it will happen. 

Now, in the event that you fail (which means no emulsion happened), which I have done so many times with a blender, just keep the mixture and turn it into a Creamy Caesar Dressing.

Also, very important is the oil that you use. If you want to keep this healthy steer clear of vegetable oil, and canola oil. Stick to light olive oil or avocado oil. Extra virgin olive oil has way too strong of a taste. Take my word for it...you won't like it. 

Creamy Caesar Dressing
Ingredients:
1 whole egg
1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon black pepper
2-3 cloves garlic
1 1/4 light olive oil 

Throw everything into a blender, food processor, or cup for your immersion blender, and mix it up. No need to pulse it, just blend that baby together!

Ranch dressing is another favorite around this house. The kids would probably dip everything into it. I did catch Avalon dipping her apple slices in ranch the other day, I didn't have the heart to stop her. Clearly she was going for a sweet and sour thing. This ranch has a more herb taste than a traditional since there is dill used. But you can substitute the dill for, parsley, or chives. 

Ingredients:
1 egg 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 garlic clove
1/2 lemon- juiced
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 1/2 cup light olive oil 

You will use the same method as the mayo. Add in your egg, salt, onion powder, and garlic. Blend them together. Then ever so slowly drizzle in the olive oil. You want to get that same emulsion effect as the mayo. Once you have achieved that thick creamy consistency, turn off your blender and transfer the mixture to a bowl. Then add in the lemon juice and the dill. Stir it all together and start dipping! 

**since you are using a raw egg in all of these mixtures, they will only stay fresh in the fridge for 7 days! We use them all in about a week, but if you don't make sure you get rid of it. Once you make the mayo recipe the possibilities are endless (especially for you whole30 peeps). Egg salad, chicken salad, spread it on fish, add some dijon and use for a dipping sauce. I mean....the list goes on. 

If you have any questions, I will try to answer them. And if you fail on any of these or you hate the taste, just forgot that you visited this blog :) 


8 comments:

  1. These look great. I am always looking for new recipes.

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    1. You will have to let me know if you try them :)

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  2. I love making homemade ranch (I don't eat it) and Kyle loves it.

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  3. Avalon. A girl after my own heart. I could dip anything in ranch. Perhaps I should use that to help with my vegetable aversion??

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  4. Trying the Caesar! We don't have any dressings, usually just use vinegar which is really good with avocado and mango on a salad.

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  5. Yum! I always thought it was more difficult to make your own mayo! This doesn't sound bad at all!

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  6. Thanks for posting these! Yum!

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    1. No problem...hopefully I will get more recipes up soon!

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