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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!

{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

Paleo Ranch Dressing + Buffalo Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
This "Paleo" Buffalo Ranch Dressing with veggies is just the thing to keep to your healthy-eating New Year's resolution. Plus it can easily be turned into zesty buffalo chicken salad!
Servings: 16 ounces



  • 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.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 56kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 257mg, Potassium: 44mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 600IU, Vitamin C: 7.8mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Condiment, Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Duda Farm Fresh Foods. All opinions are my own.


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144 comments on “Paleo Ranch Dressing + Buffalo Chicken Salad”

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  4. Such a vibrant & healthy salad Sommer!

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

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

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

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

  9. I love ants on a log

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

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

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

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

  14. 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.

  15. It’s great in chicken salad

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

  17. Celery with homemade Ranch dressing.

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

  19. I like it raw and stuffed with pimento cheese.

  20. I prefer celery raw with some peanut butter!

  21. Sounds and looks delish!

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

  23. Just raw with peanut butter!!! love it!

  24. That looks SO yummie

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

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

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

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

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

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

  31. Cant have the cajun trinity without celery!

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

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

  34. I love it in chicken salad!

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

  36. I like making celery into stuffing!

  37. Ranch dressing…with a straw I think:-)

  38. Peanut butter and craisins.

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

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

  41. has to be the classic peanut butter and raisins

  42. 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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  43. I honestly detest celery, but if it is peeled and dipped in peanut butter, I would tolerate it :) those strings just gross me out!

  44. We usually add celery to most cold-serve casseroles, like potato and macaroni salad because it gives you that crunch in an otherwise mushy food. But our kids also love it plain, so long as they are dipping it in something.

  45. raw with ranch or bleu cheese

  46. I make Ina Garten’s Celery and Parmesan Salad. It is amazingly fresh & crunchy & lemony & unusual & addictive. Love it!

  47. My fav is celery, kale, apple and pineapple juice.

  48. My most favorite way to eat celery is raw with pb.

  49. Love eating celery with ranch or peanut butter!

  50. I love using celery for dips. Whether it’s a creamy ranch, or chunky buffalo chicken dip, celery is a healthy way to snack. And it’s the perfect accompaniment to spicy chicken wings. Just add a little bleu cheese dressing!

  51. I like juicing celery

  52. I like celery in salads.

  53. I love celery and peanut butter and have to have it in my chicken salad and potato salad for the crunch.

  54. Celery with peanut butter and raisins.

  55. I like adding it to soups like minestrone and chicken noodle!

  56. I prefer my celery alongside wings with bleu cheese.

  57. I like hot chicken salad with LOTS of celery.

  58. Lately I’ve been putting celery in my green drinks but my favorite place to find it is in potato soup. :-)

  59. Oh My ! This recipe sounds delicious – just the dressing alone inspires me ! TFS

  60. chopped in soups!

  61. recipe sounds great – could use that celery right now, making lots of soups and love the idea of an electric wok

  62. Celery sticks dipped in hummus

  63. I make a yummy cashew chicken salad with mayo and celery which is great in sandwiches but I also use in rip cherry tomatoes as an hors d’ouvre.

  64. I love my celery raw topped with peanut butter and cream cheese!

  65. My kind of salad! Perfect healthy dinner!

  66. Raw dipped in peanut butter. or diced in chicken salad. Yum !

  67. I love eating celery raw with a homemade spicy ranch sauce!

  68. I rarely think to make it, but I love celery with cream cheese. So simple, but so good!

  69. We like to eat celery sticks with cheese dip, or a dip similar to the featured recipe.

  70. Simple peanut butter with my celery!

  71. I love filling it with pimento cheese!!

  72. I like it in my pasta primavera with blanched broccoli, snow peas, avocados, and tomatoes …with my special basil and garlic cream dressing.

  73. My celery needs a little peanut butter!

  74. I love it raw with peanut butter!

  75. This looks very good!

  76. I prefer raw with hummus or the traditional ants on a log;)

  77. I like it cooked and raw. I put it in tuna salad and stir fry recipes.

  78. I use celery a lot, and almost always have some in the refrigerator. I use it in salads, of course, but also sauteed with onions and carrots as the base for casseroles. My favorite way to use it, though, is probably cream of celery soup.

  79. celery with peanut butter!

  80. What a great healthy snack and I would love this over that chicken salad for dinner!

  81. Love eating celery with peanut butter!

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  83. Raw with peanut butter!

  84. this looks super for the super bowl! haha ;) love it, Sommer!

  85. Definitely raw with some ranch. Sometimes peanut butter :)

  86. I like it best in chicken soup

  87. My favorite lately has been in a green smoothie, spinach, celery stalk, apple, 1 inch of ginger, and ice and water.

  88. I love celery both raw and cooked. It is especially good in chicken salad!

  89. celery + cream cheese.. delish!

  90. Not very creative, but I just like raw celery!

  91. Peanut Butter & Celery…love it!!

  92. i love celery with peanut butter

  93. My favorite way to eat celery is in stir-fry or eating it raw.

  94. Celery with ranch dip

  95. Raw celery with peanut butter and raisins. Yum!

  96. Love celery with ranch, peanut butter or just by itself!

  97. Raw with almond butter!

  98. I had to read the commenting question several times… Kept seeing people say “baking” – “mexican” and I was super confused…. :-) I love eating it raw with maui onion dip! Or stuffed with pimento cheese and a drizzle of sriracha!

  99. Love celery with almond butter or just plain or with ranch!

  100. fave way to eat celery: raw or in egg salad!!! yum!

  101. i love celery raw with peanut butter!

  102. I’m always looking for good Paleo recipes and this looks delicious. Thanks!

  103. I love that you came up with a healthy option for game day! I love making soups and baking. It’s a tie!

  104. This looks wonderful! Was looking for something yummy to make this weekend!

  105. I love this post! My 13 year old daughter Eva is also a food snob. Kraft mac and cheese – no way!! Her friends Mom’s poke fun at my “gourmet” daughter :)
    This looks so yummy!

  106. chicken-mango stirfry

  107. Lemony risotto stuffed with mass amounts of Irish butter, mascarpone and parmesan. It’s the most requested side dish/meal by my family and friends!

  108. my favorite is to make a nice healthy soup and big salads including new cooked grains such as quinoa, farro or others…

  109. I love make soups, like potato soup with celery and carrots or red pepper and broccoli cheddar chowder.

  110. My favorite meal to prepare is Thanksgiving. My brined turkey always gets rave reviews! This past Christmas Eve we had dinner at my brothers. Between the two of us we have 5 children ranging in age from 17 to 12. My sister-in-law loves her slow-cooker and had her mashed potatoes in it to stay hot while we finished up the rest of the meal. The steam created with the lid on the pot made the potatoes very runny and she was panicked. Thinking our kids would turn up their nose at runny mashed potatoes, I suggested we re-name the dish “potato puree.” The first one looked at the runny potatoes, wrinkled their nose and said “what’s this?” “Potato Puree” we answered. Needless to say, the potato puree was a huge success, receiving rave reviews and second (and third) helpings.

  111. I love to make anything roasted. I experiment with all kinds of veggies. Roasted salmon and asparagus are one of my favorites

  112. Love the ketchup story! ha ha This buffalo chicken salad look fantastic!
    We love cooking Italian dishes!

  113. I love cooking soups and stews.

  114. I love spicy Asian dishes with lots of crunchy vegetables

  115. A good pot of beans

  116. I’ve been really enjoying making soups and chili during this cold weather we’ve been having.

  117. The past few weeks I’ve been on a roasted veggie binge – a little olive oil, salt and pepper or Tony Cachere seasoning, with a salmon fillet or chicken breast cooked alongside. So satisfying and easy!

  118. I love to cook many different things but right now I’m into cooking dishes using quinoa.

  119. This looks so good! I’m going to try it soon. Would love to have a wok.

  120. My favorite thing to make is pizza, it also happens to be my favorite thing to eat!

  121. Yum! Looks delicious!

  122. At the moment I have been experimenting with rice. I like to make sticky rice with lime juice, fresh cilantro and a sprinkling of crispy onions on top. I want to try black rice if I can find it. It’s supposed to have less gluten content.

  123. I love cooking. I love getting these recipes and trying them too. My favorite things to cook are a mix of fresh veggies out the garden with some lemon base and serve over angel hair pasta.

  124. I like to make pulled pork BarBQ. Thanks.

  125. My favorite dish to cook changes pretty constantly, but lately I’ve been on a fresh salad or rice bowl kick. It’s such a fresh and easy way to pack in a ton if veggies and protein into our diets. I make a different type of low-fat sauce or dressing to pack a punch of flavor and freshness, and build from there out based on what we have on hand and what goes well with whichever dressing I’ve made.

  126. This is my kind of chicken salad!

  127. I like making homemade chili, especially in the coldest days of Winter.

  128. What a perfect combination of flavors!! Wanna try this soon!

  129. Asian food is my go-to healthy dinner. A wok would be amazing!

  130. I am loving this light version!! I’ve always wanted a wok – can’t believe I don’t have one!

  131. I love to make my mom’s cheesecake cookies, now converted to Gluten free. Makes me think of her.

  132. Right now i’ve been on a quinoa kick so I like finding new ways to use it!

  133. I love to make an omelet with spinach and mushrooms

  134. We have several favorite dishes, but the one we like is the one that brings us together. Family pizza night. I make the crust, and everyone makes their own personal pizza. We put some on the smoker and some in the oven. Its really a fun competition for whos pizza is the best :)

  135. IN the winter I love making venison stews

  136. I enjoy making anything Mexican.

  137. I don’t really have one favorite, but like lots of pastas and pizzas.

  138. ooh i love to bake – usually cookies or brownies

  139. I love making anything Mexican!

  140. I love making stir-fry, so this would be great!