Ranch dressing is delicious but not the lightest of the bunch. This homemade ranch dressing recipe is devoid of fillers, artificial flavors, additives, and preservatives. Aside from the fat inherent in the goat milk yogurt, there are oils or egg. This version of ranch dressing is a lighter, easier-to-digest accompaniment to your next salad.
Goat milk: Cow milk is meant to fatten up calves, fueling their four stomachs to help them reach nearly 500 kilograms before turning two years old. Not so much a human pursuit. Goat milk is more similar to human breast milk and is often used as a substitution. Goats don’t need to gain nearly as much weight as cows and their milk contains only trace amounts of the hard-to-digest protein casein, which has been identified as the main allergen in cow milk. Looking at the nutritional profile of goat milk, you may wonder why there are about 10 grams of fat per 8 ounces compared to the 8 or 9 grams in the same serving of cow milk. While fattier than cow milk, goat milk contains fats that do not cluster together like they do in cow milk, making it easer to digest. In a study comparing goat and cow milk with one another, researchers concluded goat milk to be more beneficial to the body during digestion. Goat milk proved to have a higher bioavailability of iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium as well as better levels of a hormone that regulated calcium imbalance. Luckily, goat milk isn’t the end-all-be-all option. Sheep milk products are also acceptable and boast the same benefits over cow milk products.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
Makes about 1 cup
- 1 cup of goat milk yogurt
- 1 scallion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
- Small handful fresh dill, finely chopped
- Small handful fresh marjoram (stemmed), finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together until evenly combined.
Mix into a salad or pair with fish, chicken, or vegetables (as a dip).