Paleo Ranch Dressing + Buffalo Chicken Salad
Super Bowl Sunday can be a little tricky when you’re trying to stick with your New Year slim down plan. This “Paleo” Buffalo Ranch Dressing with veggies is just the thing to keep you on the straight and narrow. Plus it can easily be turned into zesty buffalo chicken salad!
Kids are so funny…
Ava, my oldest, likes to pretend she’s above enjoying foods that most kids love. She considers herself to have quite a distinguished palate, so with the exception of mac and cheese, she won’t stoop to the level of most kid-friendly foods.
We tell her food is about bringing people together, not pretentious elitism. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet.
She will snub french fries (of course, I don’t mind that) but will eat “frites” at a french bistro. So when I make baked fries at home, we call them frites and she gobbles them down.
She says she can’t stand ketchup, but loves any sort of tomato dipping sauce I make, even those closely related to, or made with ketchup. Once I served her straight ketchup as a test. She glared at it and questioned forcefully, “Is this ketchup?”
“I call it sweet tomato sauce.” I answered, waiting for a reaction.
She stuck her finger in it and tasted. Then she gave me a long suspicious look and said, “It’s pretty good, but I think you’re trying to pull one over on me.”
Her latest food snub is Ranch Dressing.
I mean, what kid doesn’t love ranch dressing?!?
However, “Creamy Herb Dip” as I call it, she enjoys immensely. Go figure.
Well, whatever you decide to call it, this Paleo-friendly version of Buffalo Ranch Dressing has been a huge hit in our house this week, and would make a marvelous dip to serve to your health-conscious Super Bowl guests this year.
As with all paleo diet recipes, it is grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free, and sugar-free.
Made with fresh herbs, creamy homemade ailoi, and cayenne pepper sauce, this fresh and zippy ranch dressing can be drizzled over salads or used as a dip for healthy snacks like kale chips or fresh cut veggies.
I’m serving it here with celery and radishes from Duda Farm Fresh Foods.
Since 1926 when immigrant Andrew Duda had his first successful crop of celery in Florida, the Duda family has made it their goal to provide us with healthy fruits and vegetables in a responsible and sustainable way.
Over the years they have spread their farms across multiple states so they can produce a fresh crop of produce all year long. Duda Farm Fresh Foods sells a wide array of fruits, vegetables, and some organics under the Dandy® brand, and offer their pre-trimmed celery under The Biggest Loser® brand as well.
One thing I’ve noticed about Dandy® and The Biggest Loser® celery, is it is very green, crisp, and has a natural sweetness… not the bitter taste celery can sometimes have. This level of goodness comes from years of cross-breeding celery varieties out in the field, until the Duda family felt like they had the best celery around.
Speaking of celery and paleo diet recipes, another great use for this buffalo ranch dressing it to make a quick protein-packed buffalo chicken salad!
Simply pour the dressing over chopped cooked chicken, celery, apple, and green onions.
Mix and serve!
Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Paleo Ranch Dressing + Buffalo Chicken Salad
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar (lemon juice for strict paleo)
- 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
- 1 1/2 cups avocado oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped dill
- 1 tablespoon chopped chive
- 1/4 cup cayenne pepper sauce (like Franks)
- Salt and pepper
- Dandy® or The Biggest Loser® Celery for dipping
- Place two egg yolks in the food processor and allow them to come to room temperature. Add the vinegar, mustard, 1/4 cup of avocado oil, and garlic to the food processor. Turn on, and SLOWLY add the remaining oil in a tiny drizzling ribbon. If you're adding it slow enough, your arm will start to get sore, but don't give up. The slow ribbon of oil blending into the mixture allows the ingredients to emulsify into a thick creamy aioli.
- Once all the oil is incorporated, scoop the aioli into a bowl and mix in the fresh herbs and cayenne pepper sauce. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Chilling the ranch dressing allows it to thicken even more. Serve with celery and other fresh veggies.
Bonus Recipe - Buffalo Chicken Salad
Mix 1/2 - 3/4 cups of the Buffalo Ranch Dressing with 3 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken, 1 cup chopped celery, 1 cup chopped apple, and 1/2 cup chopped green onion. Mix and add extra cayenne pepper sauce to taste.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Duda Farm Fresh Foods. All opinions are my own.
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