Ah, spring is the time for that perfectly fresh and vibrant salad bowl. Huge chunks of tomato ripened and never refrigerated, slivers of veggies like carrots or peppers, juicy cucumber slices, and a rich and creaming dressing to drizzle or drown as you see fit. And you can feel amazing knowing that no matter how much you dip or drizzle with this Ranch Dressing from Primal Kitchen, the ingredients are top-notch and the flavor is perfect. Bottoms up on that bowl!
Lunch or springtime or anytime in my book is the perfect time for a cool veggie salad. Some crunchy bits, some leafy bits, and a hearty pour of some tasty creamy dressing. But wait, hang on to your commercial ranch dressing and read that label. Eesh, right? Heavily processed oils and weird stuff galore.
When it comes to salad dressing, oil quality matters. Canola oil, the favorite for many years from the heart-healthy crowd, has been thoroughly shown to be less than ideal. Too much processing, too little connection to real food. So, typical veggie oils are out like canola and soy and corn. So what's left in the veggie oil world? Actually, a trio of fruits: olive, coconut, and avocado. It is the latter that is under-appreciated for mellow flavor and wonderful versatility, and it is indeed the latter—avocado—that is used by Primal Kitchen in their delicious dressings.
Primal Kitchen's Ranch dressing is flavor on overload, balancing the punchy acid of both lemon juice and cider vinegar against herbs, spices, and delicate oil.
Obviously this is phenomenal on a classic garden salad, but there's much to love when drizzled over a Cobb with all that unctuous bleu cheese and hearty meat. It works just as well with any salad completely dominated by greens - kale, arugula, spinach, you name it. There's that famous massaged-kale salad that this dressing seems made for, especially if you add some chunks of avocado at the very end to sweeten the deal, and perhaps some dried cherries for extra antioxidant punch.
And yes, it works beyond the bowl of greens. How about a finishing sauce over some heirloom beans, or a marinade or last-minute topping for your favorite fish recipe? If it loves oregano, this bottle is your recipe's friend.
The first and major ingredient is avocado oil, pressed using a cold press process and then centrifuged for purity. Just how awesome is it? Avocado oil, like olive oil and hazelnut oil, contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol.
Avocado oil is notable for its fat composition, fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory in nature. It’s also notably high in Vitamin E and monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids. In a recent study, both high and low doses of avocado oil enhanced alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein absorption from a salad by as much as 15 times compared to a salad without avocado oil. That's right: this dressing makes your salad even healthier.
Here's what Primal Kitchen says about this dressing, "Mission impossible, made possible. What if I told you that we’ve created a dairy-free, unbelievably delicious, and—get this—healthy ranch dressing? You’d probably say I was lying—or at least playing the part of a fisherman and stretching the story a bit. But I’m not. After going through countless test runs, we’ve created a creamy, full flavored, spectacularly delicious, dairy-free, and healthy fat-laden masterpiece. Are you a health-conscious ranch fan? Say hello to your new best friend."
Ok, seriously, who HASN'T heard of Mark Sisson in the paleosphere by now? Mark's Daily Apple? Sorry, it's just that his influence is vast and his values in the nutritional world are strong and well-known.
"My name is Mark Sisson, and I’m a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness my life’s work. Since trading in my professional running shoes 26 years ago, I’ve written a series of best-selling health and fitness books, I’ve designed natural state-of-the-art, health-enhancing nutritional supplements and educational diet and exercise systems, and I’ve published MarksDailyApple.com. My mission is to empower more people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. Primal Kitchen expands this mission, bringing uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient dense sauces and dressings to kitchens everywhere. In the world of real food, it’s often what you put on your food that keeps it interesting."
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What kinds of avocados are used?
Our avocados are sourced from handpicked, organically grown, premium Spanish avocados. We are working on obtaining our organic certification.
Why is this dressing so PERKY?
Herbs, man. No, not that kind. Just normal, regular, deliciously herbaceous herbs.