Low Carb Ranch & Russian Dressing Recipes

I’m making a couple of low carb salad dressings tonight. I got both recipes – Ranch and Russian dressings – from the Atkins site. 

Both require mayo, so I’ll be using mayo made with olive oil. I’ve made these before and they tend to be thicker than normal salad dressings, which make them a perfect dip for veggie snacks.

Since they are thicker, I highly recommend only using 1 tbsp for your salad. Just place your salad in a bowl, add 1 tbsp of the dressing and start mixing the dressing into the salad. I know the recipe calls for 2.5 tbsp per serving, but the truth is you really just need one tbsp if you mix it with the salad.

Ranch Dressing
Carb Count: 1 per serving
Points: 2
Serving Size: 2.5 tbsp/serving

Ingredients:
3/4 C Mayo made with Olive Oil
1/2 C Heavy Cream
2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, Chopped
2 Tbsp Fresh Chives, Chopped
2 Tsp Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Garlic Clove, Minched
1 Tsp Fresh Dill, Chopped
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Black Pepper

Directions: Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve right away or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Russian Dressing
Carb Count: 0 per serving
Points: 2
Serving Size: 2 tbsp/serving

Ingredients:
3/4 C Mayo made with Olive Oil
1/4 C Low-Carb Ketchup (or Reduced Sugar Ketchup)
1 Tbsp Onion, Finely Chopped
1 Tbsp Fresh Parsley, Chopped
2 Tsp Fresh Horseradish
1 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Directions: Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve right away or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Easy Peasy Salad Dressings

I love salads. Always have. I tend to be someone who likes crunchy food. And salads are all about crunch to me. Since I’m low carb, I’m now making my own salad dressings. When I became focused on how many carbs I was eating, all of my low fat salad dressings in my pantry had to be tossed. I was shocked about how many carbs were in 1 servubg. I’m shooting for 6g of carbs per meal. And the low fat dressings alone blew my carb budget. So I decided to make my own.

It was amazingly simple. If you can follow directions, you can make a dressing. And with more people going low carb, you’ll find plenty of recipes online.

dinnerLast night I made this (photo taken before I added 5 slices of pepperoni, 4 oz of chicken). I whipped up a thousand island dressing in a few minutes. My hubby, not a salad lover, inhaled every last bit.

Tonight I’m making a NY Strip Steak Spinach salad with a simple oil & cider vinegar dressing.

Thousand Island Dressing
3/4 C low carb mayo (I use the mayo made with Olive Oil)
1/4 C low carb ketchup
2 tbsp finely chopped onion
2 tsp horseradish
1 tsp worcestershire sauce

I got this recipe from an Atkins forum. Very easy to make and tasty. Mix it all together and chill. Serving size is 2 tbsp. It does come out a bit thick, so I put the salads in a large mixing bowl and add in the dressing 1 tbsp at a time and mix it using a fork. Best way to spread the dressing and to make sure you don’t use too much (some times 1 tbsp is enough).

Oil & Apple Vinegar Dressing
1 C Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste

You should have a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio between your oil and vinegar. Otherwise your dressing will be too strong. I usually add 1/2 – 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper…it really is to taste. Add all of the ingredients into a container with a lid and shake. Serving size is 2 tbsp but I normally use just one for my salads as oil and vinegar spreads easily.