Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…

My favorite food group is Condiments.

And one of my favorite condiments is salad dressing.  Like most people who grew up in the U.S., I have an abiding fondness for Ranch dressing.  As a kid, I used to hit the salad bar and make a “salad” consisting of a pile of croutons and cheese, doused in Ranch.  As a teen I graduated to french fries with Ranch.  Sure, I could get all up on an adult, Foodie high-horse but, truth be told…..I’d happily eat those right now if my adult, Foodie conscience would allow it.

But it won’t.  I haven’t eaten Ranch dressing for over a decade.  The fat content, the calories…just can’t justify it.  And I’ve tried the “light” versions.  In a word: JOKES!  Either they taste like wallpaper paste OR some “light” ones still have 70 calories per serving OR they’re filled with high fructose corn syrup to make up for the fat.  OR all of the above.  Nasty, nasty, nasty.  So like a good adult I’ve suffered and eaten my Light Balsamic Vinaigrettes and the like.

Until now!  My friends, I have found the holy grail of salad dressing:  Light Ranch that tastes good and is actually healthy!

(I know, I know.  I could buy some buttermilk, some yogurt, some seasonings, and make my own.  I don’t want to.  I make enough of my own food already, it’s not the 18th century, and I want my convenience foods, goddang it! )

Anyway Bolthouse Farms, known for their all-natural/organic juices and produce, have come out with a line of salad dressing and so far I’ve loved every one that I’ve tried.  Especially the Ranch!

The key is that it’s made with yogurt, so it’s thick and creamy and tangy, but the fat and calories are kept to a minimum and NO HFCS!  Here’s the nutritional label:

Calories per serving: 45.  Fat:  3g.  Sat Fat:   0.5g.  Sugars:  2g.

In addition to the Ranch, I’ve tried the Honey Mustard.  It was great too and, unlike most, was not loaded with sugar.  I bought a bottle of Blue Cheese (there was a sale!) but I haven’t tried it yet.  I expect good things.

Makes me want to have some french fries.


One Response to “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch…”

  1. Jil Says:

    I like ranch, but I *love* Green Goddess dressing. And no one’s even heard of it anymore, much less offers it. I longed for it at my yearly crab feast at Joe’s in Las Vegas. And last time I was there … no Green Goddess. It appears I was the only person who ever asked for it.


    And yes, I could make my own, but it’s not the same.

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