Easy to whip up, and tasty to serve, this keto Probiotic Blender Ranch Dressing is the perfect way to add nutrients to your salads or veggies!
Warm weather eats.
Summer is almost here, and I am ready and raring to get all the warm weather foods in my belly. Smoothies, popsicles, ice cream, salad, I want it all! Even though my family isn’t the hugest fan of salads, I’m ok with forcing them to enjoy a bowl full of leafy greens every now and again. And they don’t mind so much if there’s homemade dressing on the side.
Back on the menu.
Even though salads and I have a mutual affection for each other, it hasn’t always been that way. Back in the day (say, high school) my lovely allergy test came back positive in the lettuce department. So salads weren’t a part of my life for a long time (I wasn’t much in to spinach or kale in those days). Thankfully the GAPS Diet changed all that for me.
After months and months on the Intro Diet, I decided to try adding in lettuce. My first salad was simple, just some organic romaine with a little olive oil and Himalayan salt sprinkled on top. But I was in heaven.
Since then, my salad menu has expanded. So has my dressing options…
Probiotics = good bugs.
Though I have sadly realized my intolerance for any and all dairy products, this easy Probiotic Blender Ranch Dressing continues to be one of my family’s favorites. Not only does it literally only take about a minute to whip up, it’s full of probiotics and that delicious Ranch-ish flavor!
If you’re not quite sure what probiotics are, but you know they’re supposedly good for you, let me introduce you…
Probiotics are the “good” bacteria in your foods that provide you with many health benefits when you eat them. They are living microorganisms (akin to the ones already living in your gut). These little good bugs help balance your body’s microbiome (the microorganisms that live inside you) by replenishing the good bacteria. This leads to improved digestion and immunity.
Probiotic Blender Ranch Dressing
This easy Probiotic Blender Ranch Dressing is full of probiotics from sour cream (you can alternately use crème fraîche or yogurt) and milk kefir. Not all sour cream contains probiotics, so it’s important to use one that isn’t over processed and has a bunch of unnecessary ingredients.
While you can purchase milk kefir from most health food stores, it’s actually super easy to make at home. I use these kefir grains (don’t worry, it’s not actually grain) from Cultures for Health. You can also use their starter and make your own sour cream or crème fraîche too! Please note that I haven’t tried those two cultures, though.
Salads and dressings.
If you’re on the lookout for more salads and dressings, here are a few of my favorites. Enjoy!
- Copy-Cat Chick-fil-A Market Salad
- Creamy Avocado Buttermilk Dressing
- 3-Ingredient Honey Mustard Dressing
- Simple Green Salad with Leftover Turkey
- Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon and Chives
- Quick & Simple Coleslaw
- Creamy Broccoli Salad
- Spicy Curdito Coleslaw
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Probiotic Blender Ranch
Free from grain, gluten, eggs, and sugar.
- 1/2 c. sour cream or crème fraîche
- 1 c. milk kefir
- 1 heaping t. dill
- 2 t. parsley
- 1/2 t. onion powder
- 2 T. chopped fresh chives
- 2 t. minced garlic
- 1/4 t. Himalayan salt
- dash pepper
- optional 1/8-14 t. red pepper flakes
Put everything in a blender or small food processor. (I use a Blendtec and mini Kitchen Aid food chopper.)
Pulse to combine.
Store in a covered jar in the fridge.
Will stay good about a month.
Shake well before using.
I’ve vowed to expand my homemade salad dressing repertoire this summer, and this looks like something my kids will love! Thrilled to get the probiotics in there — brilliant!
Thanks, Susannah! I hope you enjoy it!
My kefir grains died a while ago, but this would be the perfect reason to get some new ones!
I hope you get to enjoy it, Heather!
It looks delicious, pretty and easy!! What happens if i leave out fresh chives?
It will still taste delicious! 🙂
Ranch dressing is one of my favorite things and is probably one of the last “non-natural” condiments I buy. I’m definitely going to be trying this recipe! I love that it’s probiotic!
I hope you enjoy it, Tash!
I love these beautiful ingredients Raia! We are slowly inching toward warm weather eats here too – lots of veggies and dip! Thanks!
Thanks, Renee! I’m excited for veggie and dip weather, too!
ranch-a-licious!! So quick and easy to throw it all in the blender…and I adore all things kefir!
Thanks, Tessa! I’m all about easy blender things, too. 😉
What a great idea to make a dressing probiotic as well! And I love all the flavors you added.
What a cool idea. I’m all about getting good doses of probiotics and this does it in one fell tasty swoop!
I love how easy this is!
I am so happy I found your ranch dressing! It is suddenly salad season and I need a good ranch dressing for easy lunches and dinners. Thank you! (And I love that it will stay good in the fridge for about a month!)
I hope you enjoy it, Meredith!
Yum! I am so happy I found your ranch dressing… it is perfect for summer!
Thank you! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂
What a great way to get some probiotics into the family! Looks so tasty too!
Love how simple it is to make healthy meal so scrumptious!
Yes! 🙂 So easy!
What a great way to get some added good bugs into our systems, and in a way the kiddos will love it!
Definitely going to try! I think, my family would love it:)
I hope they do!
Can you make a sour cream from kefir too or must you purchase the sour cream you mention?
You could just use whatever sour cream you like, I just left that link for those who would want to make their own. As far as I know, you can’t use kefir to make sour cream, it’s a different culture. You could alternately just use more kefir instead of sour cream in this recipe. It would change the taste and texture, but I’m sure it would still be yummy. 🙂