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Quick & Healthy Recipes: Heart-Healthy Ranch Dip

Posted Dec 01 2009 10:00pm
ranch-dressingIt’s only the second day of December and, as is probably the case with many of you, I have already received a handful of invitations to holiday parties, potlucks, and meals.

If you’re looking to whip up a quick, healthy, and delectable contribution to an event over the next few weeks, I recommend you take no more than ten minutes to make this knock-out, nutritious ranch dip.

FYI: you can turn this into a dressing by adding an additional third cup of water.

YIELDS: 3 servings


1/2 cup raw cashews (OR raw sunflower seeds OR avocado, although avocado will yield a greener color)
1/4 cup + 2 teaspoons water
1 small garlic clove
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1/3 teaspoon salt
Light sprinkle of black pepper
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon dry dill, finely chopped
2 teaspoons dry parsley, finely chopped
1.5 teaspoons dried chives, finely chopped


In blender, mix cashews/sunflower seeds/avocado, water, garlic clove, lemon juice, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder until evenly mixed.

Empty mixture into bowl.

Add chopped dill, parsley, and chives; fold into dressing until evenly spread out.

NUTRITION INFORMATION (per serving, made with cashews):

115 calories
1 gram saturated fat
240 milligrams sodium

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