It's spring time which gets me hankering for more freshness, especially fresh food. Freshly cut carrots and cucumbers and other veggies are a staple in our home and I love to make a wholesome dip for our family to enjoy with their fresh vegetables. This is a great option to take on long trips where you want to have fresh, real food on hand. Or, you can have it ready in the fridge when you want to have a real food snack that requires very little prep.
Hidden Valley Ranch is a popular salad dressing in the United States and is also used as a popular dip option. It contains ingredients like Disodium Phosphate, MSG, Disodium Inosinate, and Guanylate.
The last time I checked, these were not food.
This recipe is made from real ingredients and can be prepared in about two minutes. Really. Two minutes. I used my homemade sour cream as the base, but you can use store bought sour cream, as well. The store bought sour cream, I find, is not as rich and creamy, but it's also a great option if you are short on time and patience to make your own. The rest of the ingredients are fresh herbs, garlic and some lemon. That's it.
I'm still following the GAPS diet, so making things from scratch is a priority and a necessity for my healing. This would be an option for those following GAPS to be used during the Intro Diet or on Full GAPS.
This is also great for anyone who is interested in incorporating more fresh foods into their diet and want to avoid the chemicals and preservatives found in industrialized food.
1 cup of sour cream
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1 to 2 tsp of fresh dill or dried
1/2 tsp of fresh parsley or dried
1/2 tsp of of fresh or dried chives
1 tsp of garlic powder (you can use freshly minced garlic, as well - 1 clove)
1/4 tsp of sea salt or to taste
Mix together until smooth. Taste to see if the flavors are balanced. Adjust to your tastes
Just like anything you make for yourself, it should be adjusted for your own tastes. If you like it a bit more tangy then add more lemon. I prefer mine with a lot of dill so I added a lot of fresh dill to mine. You will find which flavors you prefer and can adjust as you see fit.