{Paleo} Buffalo Ranch Dip & Chicken Salad + Giveaway

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!

{Paleo} Ranch Dressing and Buffalo Chicken Salad #paleo #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

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.”

Making {Paleo} Ranch Dressing and Buffalo Chicken Salad #paleo #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

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.

Making Paleo Ranch Dressing #paleo #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree

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.

Easy {Paleo} Ranch Dressing and Buffalo Chicken Salad #paleo #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

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.

{Paleo} Ranch Dressing #paleo #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

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.

How to make {Paleo} Buffalo Chicken Salad #paleo #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

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!

Simple {Paleo} Ranch Dressing and Buffalo Chicken Salad #paleo #grainfree #glutenfree #dairyfree

Duda Farm Fresh Foods has a fabulous giveaway today to encourage you to eat your veggies! Stir frying is a great way to get your family to try veggies they may not know they like.

Duda Farm Fresh Foods is offering this awesome Breville Electric Wok ($130 Value), so you can stir fry veggies anywhere you like, plus 5 packages of The Biggest Loser Celery!

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Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Paleo Ranch Dressing + Buffalo Chicken Salad


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tb. red wine vinegar (lemon juice for strict paleo)
  • 1 Tb. whole grain mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups avocado oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tb. chopped parsley
  • 1 Tb. chopped dill
  • 1 Tb. chopped chive
  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper sauce (like Franks)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Dandy® or The Biggest Loser® Celery for dipping


  1. 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.
  2. 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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144 Responses to “{Paleo} Buffalo Ranch Dip & Chicken Salad + Giveaway”

  1. #
    Cori Westphal — January 20, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    I add celery to all sorts of things! But I’d say celery is best when it’s giving a little crunch to chicken salad or tuna salad!

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  2. #
    Nikki — January 20, 2014 @ 9:08 pm

    has to be the classic peanut butter and raisins

  3. #
    Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King — January 20, 2014 @ 11:17 pm

    I use celery classically, in mirepoix. I also don’t mind eating it on its own, or with a yummy yogurt dip!

  4. #
    Sandra — January 21, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    Love it with super crunch peanut butter or pimento cheese w/ chopped jalapeno’s!

  5. #
    Kristen M — January 21, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    Peanut butter and craisins.

  6. #
    Jan R — January 21, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

    Ranch dressing…with a straw I think:-)

  7. #
    meredith — January 21, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

    I like making celery into stuffing!

  8. #
    yvette — January 21, 2014 @ 7:58 pm

    I love stir fry and use celery in everything from smoothies to soup, salads, one dish meals and just snacking plain.

  9. #
    carolee c. — January 22, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    I love it in chicken salad!

  10. #
    Christina P — January 22, 2014 @ 7:19 pm

    I like it in my stirfrys but I definitely want to try this recipe!

  11. #
    Betsy R — January 22, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    I love celery and the flavor it adds. I really like it fresh in stuffing!

  12. #
    Jym — January 23, 2014 @ 7:19 am

    Cant have the cajun trinity without celery!

  13. #
    Kim McCallie — January 23, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t like celery, but my husband and children do. They eat it with ranch dressing.

  14. #
    Briana — January 23, 2014 @ 7:38 am

    Raw with light ranch and other veggies for a yummy but healthy snack

  15. #
    Ashley L. — January 23, 2014 @ 7:48 am

    peanut butter! mmm light ranch if i want something lighter!

  16. #
    sherin — January 23, 2014 @ 7:49 am

    I like to munch on raw celery sticks dipped in houmous :)

  17. #
    Karen Ostrom — January 23, 2014 @ 7:52 am

    I love your recipes and I intend to make all of them

  18. #
    Pam Gurganus — January 23, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    I love to fill celery ribs with cream cheese and/or peanut butter!

  19. #
    Mary Worley @msmary1962 — January 23, 2014 @ 8:04 am

    That looks SO yummie

  20. #
    Jamie Surber — January 23, 2014 @ 8:11 am

    Just raw with peanut butter!!! love it!

  21. #
    Paula — January 23, 2014 @ 8:15 am

    This recipe looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it!

  22. #
    Tina Thaw — January 23, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    Sounds and looks delish!

  23. #
    John B. — January 23, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    I prefer celery raw with some peanut butter!

  24. #
    Janice — January 23, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    I like it raw and stuffed with pimento cheese.

  25. #
    Beverly W — January 23, 2014 @ 9:15 am

    I like celery raw with a little dip of Ranch dressing!

  26. #
    Renee — January 23, 2014 @ 9:18 am

    Celery with homemade Ranch dressing.

  27. #
    Gina — January 23, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    Oh raw with some peanut or apple butter is good for me.

  28. #
    Elizabeth Haynes — January 23, 2014 @ 9:27 am

    It’s great in chicken salad

  29. #
    Kristen — January 23, 2014 @ 9:38 am

    Celery is actually pretty awesome stir-fried! We buy it to add crunch to things like chicken salad, and then use the rest in a stirfry.

  30. #
    Jamie — January 23, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    I LOVE celery and peanut butter, it has always been one of my favorite snacks.

  31. #
    Brisja — January 23, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    We like celery in everything from potato salad to soup to lentils. It adds a distinctive flavor and crunch that we love.

  32. #
    Maneesha Pradhan — January 23, 2014 @ 11:07 am

    Raw with garlic aioli.

  33. #
    Tammy — January 23, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    This is definitely a recipe I am going to have to try!! Looks Great!

  34. #
    Yvonne McGowan — January 23, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    My favorite way to enjoy celery is finely diced in chicken salad! Adds just the perfect crunch and texture!

  35. #
    scott — January 23, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

    I love ants on a log

  36. #
    Tina B — January 23, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    I would love to win this. I would give it to my son and his fiancée.

  37. #
    Tina B — January 23, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    I like to eat celery dipped in Caesar or ranch dressing, or in a salad.

  38. #
    Carmen — January 23, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

    I only like it as an add-on to recipes, like BBQ beef or casseroles.

  39. #
    Keinda — January 23, 2014 @ 6:09 pm

    The only way I eat celery is with almond or peanut butter!

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