This fabulous ranch dressing is made with kefir.
*Kefir is a thick drink made by fermenting milk with kefir grains composed of lactic acid bacteria, yeast and polysaccharides. The grains culture the milk, infusing it with healthy organisms. The result is a tangy, slightly effervescent drink similar to yogurt that supports a healthy gut and offers numerous other purported health benefits. Although not all of the health claims surrounding kefir are scientifically proven, it is a healthy addition to any diet.
Always consult your doctor, though, before adding it to your diet.
One cup of kefir is a source of protein, with 8 to 11 g per cup. Kefir also provides 10 percent of the recommended daily value for vitamin A and 25 percent of the value for vitamin D. Kefir is also a source of calcium, with 30 percent of the daily value per cup, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.
Kefir contains certain healthy bacteria that is not available in yogurt, including Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, Streptococcus species, Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir. These beneficial microorganisms may help support digestive health and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines. Vitamins, such as vitamin K and B-12, are produced in the gut, and the probiotics in kefir may potentially help facilitate this production.
1 cup mayonnaise, (I used Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise)
½ cup milk kefir (I used Redwood Hill Plain Goat's Milk)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (I used Bragg's)
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
2 teaspoons dried chives
½ teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon dried dill
¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper (I used *Black Pepper Essential Oil)
*Always use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils intended for dietary use
Spoon the mayonnaise into a mixing bowl, and then whisk in the kefir and olive oil. When the oil and kefir are completely integrated into the mayonnaise, whisk in the onion and garlic powders, salt, herbs and dried parsley. Taste it, and adjust seasoning as necessary to suit your preferences.
It will last a week or so in the refrigerator if you haven't consumed it all before! You will never go back to store bought ranch dressing after making this...
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