Edamame Avocado Hummus

Move over chickpea hummus. There’s a new hummus in town – Edamame Avocado Hummus. 

Edamame Avocado Hummus ingredients in a food processor

I recently did a presentation about smart snacking. One thing I like to mention about smart snacking is to opt for real food first. Snacking is an opportunity for nourishment. 

Yes, grabbing a bar is quick (some bars do pack in great nutritional value), but really think about your snacks throughout the day. How many of them are real food vs. processed foods?

Edamame Avocado Hummus in a small white bowl

I’ve been challenging myself to include more veggies into my snacks. I go through snacking phases, and raw veggies have fallen out of my routine a little bit.

Snacking is more fun when you are dunking. I love dunking my veggies into hummus, but I decided to switch it up a bit and use edamame as the base instead of chickpeas. Edamame, a plant-based protein is a young soybean that has been harvested before the beans have had a chance to harden.

Edamame Avocado Hummus in a white bowl with carrots and crackers

Adding avocado to the edamame helps make this dip creamy. Avocados can act as a booster to help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients from the foods eaten with them, like vitamin A. Vitamin A foods, like carrots, contain carotenoids, which not only promote healthy skin but benefit the heart and immune system as well. This vitamin is a potent antioxidant that protects the skin from free radicals. So, pair carrot sticks with this delicious dip!

carrot being dunked into green dip
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Edamame Avocado Hummus

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: dip
  • Method: no-cook

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame, thawed
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (can sub olive oil)

Instructions

  1. Add edamame, avocado, lemon juice, garlic, tahini, onion powder, pepper and salt in a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds and scrape down sides.
  2. Slowly drizzle in oil while motor is running and pulse until reach desired consistency.

Keywords: hummus, avocado, edamame, dip

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Blueberry Chia Jam

This Blueberry Chia Jam has now become a staple in my refrigerator. With just four simple ingredients you have a delicious and flavorful jam without excess sugar. Mix and match or combine different berries for a variety of flavor combinations.

Blueberry Chia Jam in a small mason jar with a wooden spoon

HOW TO MAKE CHIA JAM

You might see a few variations of chia jam recipes floating around the internet, but after testing this recipe a few times, here are some tips I’ve gathered.

STOVETOP METHOD

Simply heat frozen berries and water over low-medium heat and gently simmer for the berries to defrost and their natural sugars begin to breakdown. Avoid using high heat as the berries will not defrost evenly and the natural sugars of the berries will scorch the bottom of your pan.

Using a potato masher or the back of a fork, mash the blueberries so they burst. The jam may look still very liquidy at this point. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, chia seeds, and sweetener, if using. The chia seeds thicken the jam as it rests and begins to cool.

MASHED VS. BLENDED

Simply leave the jam as is, mashed and chia seeds fully intact if you enjoy the texture and a chunkier jam. Or opt for a smoother consistency and pulse in a food processor or blender until you reach the desired consistency.

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF WILD BLUEBERRIES

All blueberries are not alike! By nature, wild ones have a more intense flavor, deeper blue color, and 2x the antioxidants than their regular cultivated blueberries.

Ever wonder why you can only find wild blueberries in the frozen department? Wild Blueberries are frozen fresh within 24 hours of harvest when their flavor and antioxidant goodness are at their peak. In fact, tiny, potent wild ones contain less water than regular blueberries, so they freeze better than ordinary, larger blueberries.

FLAVOR VARIATIONS

Utilize this recipe as the base and mix and match with other berries or berry combinations. Try a mixed berry combination using blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries or go for a bold combination of a mixture of cherries and blackberries. Thinking about going tropical and using pineapple or mango? I would recommend using white chia seeds vs. black chia seeds.

ADJUST FOR SWEETNESS

This is a much lower sugar jam than those found on the grocery store shelves. Highlighting the fruits natural sugars is the star of this recipe, but an optional sweetener can be added in if desired.

Blueberry Chia Jam in a small mason jar

HOW TO USE CHIA JAM

Use this jam anywhere you would typically use any jam or jelly. Spread on toast, top on oatmeal, or swirl into yogurt.

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Blueberry Chia Jam

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 minutes
  • Yield: 10 1x
  • Category: dip/spread
  • Method: stove top

Description

A few simple ingredients and you can whip up this jam in no time. Mix and match with different berries for a variety of flavors.


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Ingredients

1 cup frozen wild blueberries
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons chia seeds
optional sweetener: 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sugar


Instructions

  1. Add frozen blueberries to a small saucepan and heat over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once the berries have thawed and started to break down, use a fork or potato masher to break them down further. 
  2. Stir in vanilla extract, chia seeds, and sweetener of choice, if using. Remove from heat and allow jam to cool and thicken for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Spoon into a mason jar as is and store in the refrigerator. (Alternative method: Add jam to a food processor or blender and puree until desired consistency is reached. Spoon into a mason jar and store in the refrigerator. 

Notes

Store jam in the refrigerator for up to a week. 

Keywords: blueberry chia jam, jam, chia, blueberries, wild blueberries, low sugar

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Greek-Style Lamb Pita with Tzatziki Sauce

Do you cook with lamb? If you are new to cooking with lamb try starting with ground lamb and this Greek-Style Lamb Pita with Tzatziki Sauce. Lamb offers a protein-packed, flavorful alternative to the typical protein sources, like beef, chicken or turkey.

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I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University a few months ago. When I was there, I was immersed with information, learning all about pasture-raised lamb, butchery, and cooking techniques for lamb with Nourish with Lamb.

Lamb is pasture-raised

Instead of being called a rancher, those who raise lamb are known as Shepards. Have you ever cooked with or prepared lamb? Lamb might seem intimidating if you’ve never worked with before, but this lean protein pairs well with global flavors and can be used in a variety of dishes.

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Ground lamb is typically made from the shoulder and is incredibly moist and flavorful. Lamb is delicious in meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, tacos, casseroles, stews, lamb burgers, or in this case meatballs for pitas.

 Greek-Style Lamb Pita with Tzatziki Sauce on a white plate

Did you know?

Lean lamb is a source of healthy, unsaturated fats. Nearly 40% of the fat in lean lamb is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. On average, a 3-ounce serving of lamb is lean and has only 150 calories. Lean cuts include the leg and loin.

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Lamb's Fatty Acid Breakdown
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Lamb Fits in the Traditional Mediterranean Diet

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines gives special recognition to the Mediterranean dietary pattern for its healthful eating approach. Lamb is a staple protein in a healthy Mediterranean-style diet, particularly in Greek cuisine. Lamb is nutrient-rich and on average, it’s an excellent source of protein, vitamin B12, niacin, zinc, and selenium and a good source of iron and riboflavin.

This pita with tzatziki sauce is a way to start on the path to a Mediterranean-style diet.

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Greek-Style Lamb Pita with Tzatziki Sauce

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Greek

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Ingredients

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

6 ounces plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup seedless cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
salt, to taste

For the Lamb Meatballs:

1 pound ground lamb
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more if more heat is desired

For the Pitas:

4 whole grain pita pockets, warmed
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup seedless cucumber, chopped
2 cups lettuce, chopped


Instructions

For the Tzatziki Sauce: In a small bowl, combine yogurt, cucumber, dill, and red wine vinegar. Season with salt, to taste. Set aside.

For the Meatballs: Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place a wire rack on a sheet pan. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine lamb, garlic, parsley, lemon zest, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix well to combine. Form small meatballs and place on the wire rack. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165°F. (cook time will vary depending on how large the meatballs are)

To assemble: In a pita pocket stuff pockets with lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes. Add a smear of Tzatziki sauce and 3-4 meatballs per pita. 


Notes

Meal prep tip: Make a double batch of these meatballs and freeze for later. 

Keywords: lamb, sauce, Tzatziki, Greek

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Lemon Vinaigrette

Brighten any salad, grain, or vegetable dish with this simple lemon vinaigrette. Made with ingredients you probably already have on hand, simply whip this up in a mason jar.

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I don’t think people realize how EASY it is to make a homemade dressing. The most basic vinaigrette recipe is mixing an acid and a base. Then just add seasonings you enjoy. Simply pour ingredients into a mason jar and shake away. Your dressing is made! How easy was that? Plus, making it in a mason jar is ready to store any leftovers.

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If you want to go beyond the basics, use this guide to build your own vinaigrette.

Create a homemade vinaigrette

Choose your acid:

This can be in the form of vinegar or citrus juice. Pick something that matches with your salad mix-ins. Opt for a sweet acid like white wine vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, or an orange juiced, for salads that have fruit. 

Try acids like apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, or other citrus juices. 

Tip: Think about the components of your salad. If you have a salad with bright colors, avoid darker vinegar. Once the salad is dressed, those bright vibrant colors will look muddy. Remember – we eat with our eyes first! 

Choose your base:

The base is oil. Use good quality oil. This can be a simple olive oil or fancy garlic and rosemary-infused walnut oil. Again think about the components of your salad. If there are avocados in your salad, why not try avocado oil? 

Try oils like olive oil, avocado oil, walnut oil, pumpkin seed oil, hazelnut oil, or other flavor-infused oils. 

Add seasonings:

If you are new to making dressings, simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing with a pinch of salt and pepper will work just fine. Once you are comfortable making dressings, try amping it up with other seasonings. 

Add a teaspoon of Dijon mustard to add a little tanginess and also to help create a creamier vinaigrette. Add a teaspoon of miso for an umami flavor. Try using fresh herbs for a pop of flavor. For a sweet vinaigrette, add a little maple syrup or honey. 

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Once you start playing around with different combinations, you’ll start to know what flavor combinations you like best!

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Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Author: Chef Julie Harrington, RD
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 3/4 cup 1x
  • Category: dressing
  • Method: no-cook

Description

This lemon vinaigrette is incredibly easy to make. Drizzle it on all your salad and veggie recipes!


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced (approx 1/3 cup juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

Simply measure ingredients and add to a mason jar. Secure lid and shake. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


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Everything but the turkey, Thanksgiving menu

My favorite holiday is just a few days away! I love Thanksgiving because it’s all about friends, family, and FOOD! 
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I realized I have a ton of recipes that would be a good addition to a Thanksgiving menu. Turkey is pretty much a staple, but the sides are just as important. I get sad when I see a Thanksgiving spread of just beige/white foods. Bring on the colors! Bring on the flavors! All of these recipes contain ingredients or concepts of a traditional Thanksgiving recipe, but with a dietitian/chef twist.

Soup:

Soups are a great way to start the Thanksgiving meal. Soups are an easy way to pack in nutrients and big bold flavors. This Butternut & Acorn Squash Soup has easily become one of my favorites. It’s creamy without any cream or dairy! How? Check out the recipe to find out.

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Salads:

Skip the boring tossed salad and add some seasonal ingredients to create a colorful dish.
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Side Dishes:

The side dishes really make up the bulk of the Thanksgiving Day menu. Aim to create a very colorful spread. Different colors mean different nutrients. Think outside the traditional Thanksgiving menu and add new recipes to your holiday table.
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Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip

May 13th is National Hummus Day! Celebrate with this Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip.Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip via RDelicious Kitchen @rd_kitchen
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While it is perfectly acceptable to simply open a container of Sabra hummus and dive right in, to celebrate National Hummus Day, did you know hummus is very versatile in the kitchen?

Hummus = Happiness

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I’ve recently been loving adding hummus to dressing and marinades. It adds great flavor and helps thicken it to create a creamy dressing. I recently made a lemon hummus tahini dressing for a grilled caesar salad recipe. So good!
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Hummus is also an interesting idea for a coating in place of your typical dredging mixture. Next time you bread chicken cutlets, skip the milk and egg mixture and roll in a thin layer of hummus, then coat in a crunchy topping.

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Don’t stop there! Hummus is also great in dip recipes to replace saturated fats with a heart-healthy plant-based protein hummus. A traditional warm spinach dip has at least one or a mixture of these calorically dense ingredients: cream cheese, mayonnaise, or sour cream. This Cheesy Hummus Spinach dip is just as creamy with swapping in hummus instead.
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Cheesy Spinach Hummus Dip

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 8 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 (12 oz.) container Sabra Classic Hummus
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 3/4 cups white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped + additional for garnish
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  2. Combine Sabra Classis Hummus, garlic, spinach, cheddar cheese, Italian seasonings, and scallions. Spread into small casserole dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese on top is melted.
  4. Top with additional green onions and serve with pita crackers or vegetables.

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Pink Gremolata Hummus via Emily Kyle Nutrition
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Greek Yogurt Hummus via Hungry Hobby
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Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip)

Looking for a new dip for your veggies? Try baba ganoush – a signature Middle Eastern roasted eggplant puree enriched with tahini and seasoned with lemon juice and lots of garlic.
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My favorite part of this dip is the smokiness that the dish brings when roasting the eggplant. I additionally roasted the garlic for this dip too. Have you ever roasted garlic before? It adds that same smokiness but also a subtle sweet flavor. Simply add cloves of garlic (you can even do the whole head of garlic at once!) in a little tin foil pouch, drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle a little salt and pepper. Seal up the foil and roast along with the eggplant. This will also help incorporate the garlic flavor throughout the dip because it is much easier to blend since it is softer when you puree the dip.

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Baba Ganoush (Roasted Eggplant Dip)

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large eggplant
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to (high) broil.
  2. Slice eggplant into 1/4 inch rounds and place on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. On a small piece of tin foil, add the garlic cloves, drizzle over 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Loosely wrap the foil around the garlic. Place the wrapped garlic on the baking sheet with the eggplant.
  4. Broil for 5 minutes, turn eggplant and broil for an additional 5 minutes. Turn broiler off, but do not remove eggplant from the oven. Heat oven to 350 degrees and roast for an additional 25 minutes.
  5. Remove from pan, wrap the rounds in foil to lock in moisture; let sit for about 5 minutes.
  6. Peel away most of the skin of the eggplant and add flesh to a food processor. It should be soft and tender and the skin should come off easy. Add the roasted garlic tahini, lemon juice, remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and parsley. Process until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Garnish with additional parsley. Serve with pita chips and veggies.

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Raspberry Lime Chia Jam

Skip the jarred stuff and make your own sweet and tangy Raspberry Lime Chia Jam. It’s great to spread on toast, stir in yogurt, or top on waffles in place of syrup.
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Raspberry Lime Chia Jam via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenI was at the diner with my friends and I ordered my favorite omelette with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and feta cheese with rye toast (dry) on the side. Along with my toast came the selection of jellies, jams, and marmalades which brought up the question – what’s the difference between each of them?
Jam – Jam is made of crushed fruits that are then cooked with sugar, pectin, and acid until the fruits reach a spreadable consistency. Jam has an organic shape to it, and often has chunks of fruit in it, which also can contain seeds if they fruit has them. In addition to being a spread, jams are also good for fillings.
Jelly – The fruit contained in the form of jelly is the fruit’s juice. The fruit is crushed and cooked so the juice can be extracted. It is more gelatinous and easier to spread. It’s main ingredients are fruit juice, pectin, an acid, and sugar. Jellies can also be made from ingredients other than fruit, such as herbs, tea, wine, liqueurs, flowers, and vegetables.
Marmalade – The word marmalade is french, meaning “citrus preserves”. Marmalades are cooked with the fruit’s peel and pulp for a long time, and traditionally do not use pectin. Marmalades are usually made with citrus fruits, like oranges, lemons, limes, or grapefruits, and are often used as spreads or glazes.
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– Opt for plain yogurt, instead of flavored yogurt, and add a tablespoon of jam to sweeten it up
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– Opt for plain oatmeal and stir in a tablespoon of jam
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Raspberry Lime Chia Jam

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 8 mins
  • Yield: 16 1x

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 limes, juiced and zested
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • (optional) 1 tablespoon coconut sugar

Instructions

  1. In a small pot combine the raspberries, lime juice, and coconut sugar (if using). Cook over low heat until the raspberries start to break down, stirring occasionally.
  2. With the back of a wooden spoon, mash the raspberries. Add the chia seeds and cook for another 1-2 minutes until the jam begins to thicken.
  3. Remove from heat. Stir in the zest.
  4. Let cool and spread on toast, stir in oatmeal, or top on waffles/pancakes.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Love eating veggies dunked in ranch? Learn to make a homemade ranch dressing and feel okay with using raw eggs when using Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs, a great option for all your recipes using raw or gently cooked eggs.

Homemade Ranch Dressing via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenDisclosure: I received coupons for free samples of Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. 

Homemade Ranch Dressing via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenI recently taught a nutrition class about label reading and brought along various food items to evaluate.  As we went through the class learning about the different aspects of the nutrition facts panel, comparing labels, and discussing each item, people were astounded when we got to the ingredient list of their favorite items and couldn’t believe that in the every day foods they are consuming, they can’t even pronounce the ingredients! One of these items I brought to review was ranch dressing, that came along with a laundry list of ingredients. One person noticed that there were eggs in it, but the dressing is not cooked. To make a nice creamy buttermilk ranch, raw eggs are used. The bottle version is safe to eat, because it has added preservatives making it shelf stable.
But what if you want to make it at home? Can you use any eggs. No. You run the risk of salmonella.
Use Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs because of their natural pasteurization process that uses a warm water bath that eliminates the the risk of Salmonella in eggs, but does not change the taste or nutritional value. Now you can have a peace of mind making a homemade ranch dressing to dunk your vegetables in!
Homemade Ranch Dressing via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenThis recipe was one of those third times a charm kind of recipes. The first time I tried making it my measurements were off and it was a watery mess. The second time, my measurements were on point but the dressing broke and didn’t keep its creamy consistency. The third time.. well that’s where we are today! .. Delicious and ready to be eaten (& posted)!
The key for this recipe is patience.
Homemade Ranch Dressing via RDelicious Kitchen @rdkitchenFirst, we are starting off with a mayonnaise base of egg yolk, lemon juice (or an acid like vinegar), and oil. I made mine with good ole elbow grease. You can use a blender or food processor, but you are less in control and your mayonnaise may break more easily.
Start by whisking your egg yolk (and dijon mustard for a pop of flavor) creating a thick creamy consistency.
This is where patience is key.  The next step is where many (myself included during my second attempt of this recipe) make the mistake of adding the oil too quickly, causing the base to split. The egg yolk and mustard are going to grab hold of the oil and not letting it become thick and fluffy preventing the emulsification process. Add a few drops of oil at a time as you continuously whisk, then gradually progress to a steady stream as you remain whisking.
Don’t be alarmed as you whisk the color becomes a bright yellow. Once you add the lemon juice (acid) the color instantly lightens up. Then whisk in the buttermilk, yogurt, and seasonings to create the rest of the ranch dressing!

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homemade ranch dressing in a glass jar with vegetables

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 16 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 Davidson’s Safest Choice Pasteurized Egg yolk
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried dill

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the Davidson’s Safe Egg yolk and mustard.
  2. Slowly, in a light steady stream, vigorously whisk in the canola oil until thickens. This is creating a mayonnaise base. Whisk until thick and creamy. (see blog post for detailed instructions of this step)
  3. Continue to whisk, add lemon juice, then buttermilk and yogurt.
  4. Whisk in salt, pepper, dried parsley, dried chives, and dried dill. Adjust seasonings to your flavor preference.

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