Savory Sitter: Healthy “Ranch” Dressing


by Heather the Babysitter Mar 17th, 2011 // Kid-tastic, School Lunch, Snacks, Veggie Friendly

Savory Sitter: Healthy “Ranch” Dressing

Savory Sitter: Healthy Ranch Dressing

As a babysitter, I have at times wondered, how on earth I was going to get kids to eat vegetables. I even called my mom for advice once and she suggested serving them with ranch dressing for dipping. The idea alone brought me back to childhood. After rolling around in the grass most of the morning we’d come in for a healthy snack of veggies and dip.

Savory Sitter: Healthy Ranch Dressing

I thought I’d do the same for the kiddos I babysit but it turns out that particular “healthy” snack wasn’t so healthy after all! A lot of bottled ranch dressings are extremely high in fat and preservatives. I wanted to give the kids a healthy alternative. (PS: the pic above was taken at the LaBrea Tar Pits last week but it looks like it’s from my childhood. Love those iPhone app filters!)

Savory Sitter: Healthy Ranch Dressing

Turns out, I’m not the only one looking for a healthy ranch alternative. Along with group of chefs, farmers and volunteers from the restaurant Lucques where I work, I have been spending Thursday mornings with third graders at a public school in East LA . We built and planted a vegetable garden and every week our chef Suzanne Goin does a cooking demonstration to inspire and teach the kids how to make delicious healthy food.  We made this dressing with the kids using the parsley they had planted themselves. It’s a great thing for kids to help make. They can squeeze the lemon juice on to the shallots and help stir it all together. And dipping veggies is always fun!

Healthy “Ranch” Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes


1 tablespoon lemon juice, (from 1 fresh lemon)
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon salt
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Sliced veggies for dipping

Place shallots and lemon juice in a bowl and let sit for 5 minutes. Add yogurt and stir to combine. Add parsley and season with salt and pepper. Serve with vegetables for dipping.

Savory Sitter: Healthy Ranch Dressing

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2 Comments on “Savory Sitter: Healthy “Ranch” Dressing”

  1. 1.) Laura
    March 18th, 2011

    This might be a long shot, but I have a question- I love the idea of making ranch healthy, but the person Id be making it for has an intolerance to onions. Would omitting them completely ruin the flavor, or is there something I can use instead?

  2. 2.) low carb diet menus
    June 21st, 2011

    When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a remark is added I get 4 emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can take away me from that service? Thanks!

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