Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Make Your Own(Healthy) Ranch Dressing & A Giveaway!!

Ranch lovers rejoice!!! I have discovered a fast and easy way to make ranch dressing and I swear to you- you will never buy bottled full fat ranch dressing again!Hooray! Secondly I was asked to try out an amazing salad spinner from OXO and they gave me an extra one to giveaway to one of my readers. Hooray #2!!

First, let's look at some highlights of what I ate this week for WIAW.
Breakfast( or dessert?): Chobani vanilla greek yogurt with chocolate chunks. It only has like 100 calories and it tastes like dessert. I am in.

Lunch: Chicken Pad Thai my favorite! I could literally eat this every week.

Dinner: Home made pasta at Zooma. I love walking into a restaurant and having fresh pasta in the windows greet me.

Drinks: Espresso martini with a flaming chocolate cup. Come on. You know you wanted it.

Now, let's talk about this GIVEAWAY!!OXO asked a few of us bloggers to check out some of their products that will keep us healthy. Salad is pretty much as healthy as it comes (hold the cheese, croutons, dressing that we all love etc.) So if you have made it a point to eat healthier, win this salad spinner and you will be on your way!It was pretty amazing.

Now,on to this amazing ranch dressing. You may be skeptical of this. I was. Put your bad thoughts aside and try this today! All you need is Greek yogurt, milk, and spices. That was easy. I already had all that in my fridge.

Healthy Ranch Dressing

1 cup 0% Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup of buttermilk ( I used almond milk)1/2 teaspoon dried chives1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt & pepper

Literally dump all ingredients in a bowl and wisk together. Start with 1/4 cup of milk and check consistency and if you like thick dressing leave it as is. If you like thinner dressing add more milk in small batches.

Keep in a sealed jar ( I used a mason jar) and refrigerate for one hour. When you are ready, pour and serve!

Now Giveaway Time!!! (Open to US Residents only)
 To enter in for this giveaway for this amazing salad spinner you've got five separate opportunities to
get in on the action.  You'll get one entry for each one of these you do.

1. Become a member of this blog and tell me you did ( or if you already are just comment that you are)
2. Like Around the Table on Facebook, and leave a separate comment telling
me that you did.
3. Follow Around the Table on Bloglovin, and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.
4. Follow me on Pinterest, and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.
5. Follow me on Twitter ( Tiniest_bean) , and leave a separate comment telling me that you did.

This giveaway will be open until 11:59 pm est Friday May 4th. I will announce the winner on Monday May 7th!


  1. I am now following you on Pintrest.

  2. I am now following you on Facebook.

  3. I'm a follower!

    and impressed that you had dried dill weed lying around your spice rack

  4. i'm following your facebook:)

  5. I am now a member of your blog.

  6. I am following all of your boards on Pinterest!

  7. I liked your blog on Facebook. I am now connected to your blog through all forms of media (that I have). :)

  8. Miss Violet Love (Katherine Clark)May 2, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    I am now a memeber of your blog (I was just getting emails before)! Fingers crossed! : )

  9. Yummy, love the sound of this dressing! So going to make this 'cause we don't have ranch dressing here (sadly) but I loved it when I was in the United States!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  10. i am following you on twitter and your blog is AMAZING!

  11. Following you now! Love the layout--I dont have a profile or blog but I am Dyanna and found you on WIAW.

  12. We would love a salad spinner! I enjoy your blog!
    I subscribe by email.

    Ann P.

  13. like u on fb Julie A Scott Laws

  14. gfc jelaws5

  15. Great to hear about another foodie here in Lil' Rhodie. BTW the OXO salad spinner is a must have for any kitchen.