I’m just going to come out and say it, because my blog is a safe space and hopefully free of judgement: I love ranch dressing. I don’t care if salad defeats the purpose of opting for a low-calorie salad, it’s freaking delicious. Right now my current obsession is Chick-Fil-A’s avocado lime ranch. Just one problem, I don’t want to have to go to Chick-Fil-A to get it, because I want to put it on everything, not just my Chick-Fil-A Spicy Southwestern Salad 🌚. I’ve made versions of this dressing before, using avocado, but my issue was the thickness and the fact that it turned a kind of ugly brown. So I guess this means Chick-Fil-A is using something to preserve the color? (I honestly don’t want to know). My solution: cilantro lime ranch.
If you’re just here for the recipe, scroll down to see it below! You won’t hurt my feelings!
I’ve been eating keto for the past week (click here for the pros and cons list) and have had a lot of success enjoying a low-carb and high-fat and protein diet. Weight is starting to come off quickly and I think this is because it has severely reduced my sugar intake (sugar and carbs are besties). If you haven’t watched That Sugar Film on Netflix yet I definitely recommend it. I don’t want to push it on anyone, but if you’re like me and love carbs and sugar, keto (or even paleo) might be a good lifestyle change for you. The upside to this diet (for me), is that I get to eat cheese and things like ranch, high in fat, to offset any cravings I may have.
On to the recipe. . . I experimented this weekend and found that it goes best with something spicy, to cut the heat. Whether you’re making a spicy chicken salad, fish tacos, or even lettuce wraps, you can drizzle this dressing on for some coolness and color. The pretty green color comes from sticking it in my bullet blender for a few seconds. If you don’t have one, you’ll get a white dressing with green flecks. Either way, it’ll be delicious. And it's 100% homemade, no mystery dressing mix packets!
1 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 small lime (juiced)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup cilantro leaves and stems
Chop the cilantro very small, including the stems.
In a large bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until they're of one consistency
Blend in a bullet or food processor (if you want the dressing to be green)
Store in a mason jar or air-tight container for the best preserving.
Help Yourself! - Tati