Category Archives: Dressing

Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing (Keto)

Making your own Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing is so easy and quick, and so much tastier and healthier than the store-bought version. Pour it on salads or meats, or use as a dip or a marinade!

Whole30 Ranch Dressing

You know, if I knew that making your own Whole30 ranch dressing at home was this quick and easy, I would’ve started doing it way earlier! I think this may be my new favorite go-to dressing for everything.

Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing Recipe

All you need to make this paleo and Whole30 ranch dressing, besides the ingredients, is an immersion blender. Not only is it the best tool for making an egg-based creamy sauce or mayonnaise, I love how easy it is to clean up than when you use a regular blender.

In this recipe, a combination of an egg, avocado oil, coconut milk, and yummy spices are combined together to make America’s favorite dressing, and my picky husband said it might be better than the store-bought version he’s been eating!

Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Why I Don’t Buy Store Bought Ranch

Ranch is my husband’s favorite dressing so he’ll buy it for himself sometimes, but I personally never eat or touch the store bought version. The ones from the most popular brands are made with inflammatory vegetable oils which contain trans fat and are known to cause so many health issues.

There’s an incredible amount of processing to make soybean, corn, and canola oils, and most of them are already oxidized and rancid by the time they hit the shelves. This causes them to be highly inflammatory to the body, and it’s best to avoid them if you can.

Instead, in my paleo & Whole30 ranch dressing, I use avocado oil, which is much healthier and more stable, all while having a neutral flavor!

Ways to Enjoy This Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing

There are so many ways to use Whole30 ranch dressing, and it’s a versatile condiment that goes with almost all savory dishes. Here are some ideas:

  • Drizzled over salads (duh)
  • As a dip for veggies and crackers
  • As a marinade
  • Drizzled over meat dishes
  • As a dip for wings and coconut chicken
  • With fries

The possibilities are endless! Did I miss anything? Comment below: how would you enjoy this paleo & Whole30 ranch dressing?

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Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing

Course: Condiment, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Blending time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 117 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Making your own Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing is so easy and quick, and so much tastier and healthier than the store-bought version. Pour it on salads or meats, or use as a dip or a marinade!

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Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove

Equipment

  • Immersion blender

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a mouth just wide enough to fit the head of the immersion blender.

  2. Slowly lower the blender in to jar until it hits the bottom.

  3. Turn on the blender and let it run without moving until you see a white creamy cloud start forming from the bottom. It will rise up as the oil get slowly incorporated into the mixture.

  4. When most of the oil is blended in to the cloud, slowly lift the blender up while it's running.

  5. Lift the blender out of the jar. 

  6. Use the ranch dressing as a dip, marinade, or drizzle over salads and meats!

Nutrition Facts
Paleo & Whole30 Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Vitamin C 3.2%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad (Paleo, Vegan)

Celebrate Fall with this tangy and sweet Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad, that’s full of flavor and delicious textures. It makes a wonderful side to any holiday dish!

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad

I’ve been eyeing squash and gourds at every grocery store lately, and I know you’ve been enjoying seeing them pop up this season if you are a huge squash fan like me. My favorite squash is kabocha squash and I seriously think its the best tasting one out there. I’m actually a bit biased because it’s the type I grew up eating the most, and I didn’t even know about butternut squash until in college.

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad Recipe

This delicious and warm salad can be made using either kabocha or butternut squash, and I think I may have to make it over and over again throughout the next few months and the holidays. It’s wonderfully tangy and sweet without any processed sugars, and there are so many different textures and flavors that complement each other so ridiculously well.

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad

Keeping It Whole30

If you are doing the Whole30 challenge (which I highly recommend you try out!), make sure to purchase dried cranberries without any added sugar. It may seem hard to find at a regular grocery store, but I get mine on Amazon here. They are super tasty both alone and used in recipes, and I love that they contain less sugar and carbs than the typical ones that we are used to.

Also, to add a bit more sweetness without using processed sugar to this Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad, a dried medjool date is used in the dressing and the result is pretty darn fantastic. Remember to soak the date in warm-hot water for 5-10 minutes to soften it up so it can blend well. It’s the type of dressing that I’ll be making over and over again to use as my go-to dressing over any salad!

Perfect Holiday Side Dish

With the holidays coming up, I highly recommend you make this easy and hearty salad to serve alongside turkey, ham, or any main dish. It’s a crowd pleaser that goes so well with any protein and I’m even thinking about making it for a holiday potluck I may be attending in the coming months.

Hope this Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad helps you enjoy this wonderful season, and make the holidays and gatherings a bit easier if you plan to try out the Whole30 challenge during those times. Enjoy!

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad

Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad (Paleo, Vegan)

Course: Salad, Side Dish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Celebrate Fall with this tangy and sweet Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad, that's full of flavor and delicious textures. It makes a wonderful side to any holiday dish!

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb kabocha squash or butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw walnut halves
  • 2 cups salad greens
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries no sugar added
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced

Dressing

  • 1 pitted medjool date soaked in warm water until soft, then drained
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsps apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Place cubed squash in a baking pan and toss with coconut oil, sea salt, and pepper, until evenly coated.

  3. Roast for 18-20 minutes until tender, turning the pan halfway through.

  4. While the squash is roasting, heat a large skillet over medium heat.

  5. Add ghee and walnuts, and stir together for 5 minutes until the walnuts are golden and fragrant.

  6. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  7. Remove the squash from the oven.

  8. While the squash cools a bit, place all the dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

  9. In a large salad bowl, add salad greens, roasted squash, toasted walnuts, dried cranberries, and red onion. 

  10. Drizzle the dressing over everything, and toss gently to coat.

  11. Serve warm. 

Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Roasted Squash Salad (Paleo, Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 226 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 602mg 25%
Potassium 629mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 44.4%
Vitamin C 26.9%
Calcium 5.6%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Whole30 Honey Mustard (Paleo, Vegan)

There’s nothing better than this Whole30 Honey Mustard that goes great with any kind of protein dish or on salads. It’s paleo and vegan, and you won’t notice that it’s sweetened with fruit instead of honey!

Whole30 Honey Mustard Sauce

Was anyone else obsessed with honey mustard growing up? I used that put that sh** on eeeverything. It started out innocently with some chicken nuggets or chicken tenders, and then it became a serious habit as I started putting it on everything savory.

Whole30 Honey Mustard Recipe

I still love it to this day, but I think this new version, Whole30 honey mustard, is the best I’ve tried yet. Even though there’s no honey, the sauce is still so dang delicious and sweetened with medjool dates. The subtle sweetness of the dates with the spiciness of the mustard is an incredible combo, and I’m kicking myself for not making this sooner in my life.

I’ve already been using it as a sauce, dip, and dressing on the daily and I haven’t gotten sick of it yet.

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And the best part? It comes together SO fast and so easily. Everything is thrown into the blender and you just blend it. If you don’t count the whole part where you have to soak the dates to soften them, it’s literally done in a minute.

Definitely my kinda recipe.

With just 5 ingredients (4 if you don’t count water), you’ll love this creamy and dreamy sauce made with the cleanest real foods, so feel free to load it up on everything!

Ways to Enjoy this Whole30 Honey Mustard

There are so many ways to enjoy this Whole30 honey mustard, and these are just a few ideas:

  • As marinade for chicken or pork
  • As salad dressing – you can add some water to thin it out if you want to use it this way.
  • As dip for chips, veggies, and cooked meats
  • Drizzled over your favorite gluten free avocado toast or in sandwiches and lettuce wraps
  • In deviled eggs, instead of regular mustard

How do you like enjoy honey mustard? Tell me in the comments below!

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Whole30 Honey Mustard

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 66 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

There's nothing better than this Whole30 Honey Mustard that goes great with any kind of protein dish or on salads. It's paleo and vegan, and you won't notice that it's sweetened with fruit instead of honey!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Soak medjool dates in warm water for 10 minutes until they soften.

  2. Drain the medjool dates than place in a high powered blender with the rest of the ingredients.

  3. Blend until smooth and creamy.

  4. Serve as dip, dressing, sauce, or any way you enjoy honey mustard!

Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Honey Mustard
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 66 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Potassium 68mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 5g
Vitamin A 0.4%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
What Great Grandma Ate / Jean Choi is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.
 
Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.