One of My Favorite Things

I’ve become super addicted to Cobb Salads.  It started at Publix one day when I was getting some sandwiches to head to the park and I saw it there in the case.  I fell in love.  Avocado, blue cheese, turkey, bacon…and not turkey bacon!  This salad is the real deal!!  I love salad so much, but I hate to get them out, because all salad dressing contains soybean oil.  This drives me crazy!  On the other hand, it is hard to make a good salad at home, because it means you have to have so much stuff on hand.

So I’ve resolved to keep some homemade ranch dressing in the fridge.  I know this means we will all eat more veggies.  My kids eat salad well, better than most kids I would wager to say, but seriously what isn’t good soaked in ranch dressing??  My ranch packs a one-two punch of probiotics and healthy fats and even protein.
Here’s the recipe (Yeilds 16 oz)
1 Cup of Raw Kefir (buttermilk would work also)
2 TBS. of Ranch Powder
Mix all ingredients well.  Let sit 2 hours or overnight.  Enjoy!
To make the Ranch Powder Mix:
7 tablespoons of dried parsley
5 tablespoons of dried minced onions
4 teaspoons of sea salt
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Add to a jar, shake well.  Use 2 heaping TBS in any recipe that calls for that Ranch packet.
Finally, make sure when you eat salad you add as much fat as possible.  Fat will help your body absorb the nutrients in all of the veggies.  Real dressing (not that fat-free junk) is a good start, but don’t shy away from avocado, real bacon, and cheese.  This will turn your salad into a meal that will keep you full and happy, not ready to raid the pantry for any sign of food an hour later!