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Mayonnaise and Salad Dressing Recipes

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Alternative Salad Dressing and Mayonnaise Recipes for Carbohydrate Addicts

We've decided to stop using store-bought mayonnaise and "ranch" dressing (we used to use Best Foods® mayonnaise and Teri was fond of Hidden Valley® Ranch dressing). We've been searching for homemade alternatives to the store-bought varieties, and we'll share the great recipes we've found.

Why switch from store-bought? Several reasons: we want to eliminate most processed foods, and the mayo and ranch dressings make up the majority of the store-bought processed foods we eat. Expense is a factor, as well: we spend a fair amount of money buying the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing (even at Costco, it's expensive).

Best Foods mayonnaise contains sugar and soybean oil*, and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing has sugar and some less-than-appealing preservatives and fillers**.

Though they both claim '0 grams carbohydrates per serving' on the nutrition information label, they are allowed to round down to the lowest whole number, which means that each serving could have as much as .999999999 grams of carbs. If you are trying to cut carbs, these hidden carbs add up (since most people eat more than a single 'serving' as defined on the label you're probably consuming more carbohydrates than you think).

Alternative recipes list

Here what we've found so far. We present a list of ingredients so you can see if you might want to try it, but if you want the full recipe, follow the links!

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Homemade Mayonnaise Recipes

  • Mayonnaise made with olive oil (Dr. Ben Kim)


    • 1 whole egg, at room temperature
    • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 3/4-1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
    • Sea salt, to taste

    (Visit the link, above, to see the preparation instructions.)

    OK, olive oil is omega-9, and can go rancid, but we figure it's better than soybean oil, and this was our first experiment with homemade mayo. We like the taste, and when used in the Ranch Buttermilk Dressing recipe, below, it's pretty tasty.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipes

  • Ranch Buttermilk Dressing (CDKitchen)


    • 1 quart mayonnaise
    • 1 quart buttermilk
    • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
    • 2 teaspoons onion salt
    • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

    (Visit the link, above, to see the preparation instructions.)

    Teri really likes this one. We add a bit of dried dill weed to the recipe. It didn't take much to make the switch, though it does have a different flavor–it's not supposed to be an exact clone of the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing recipe.

    We don't use onion salt or garlic salt; we just use onion and garlic powder so we can add salt separately to taste.

    We also cut the recipe into 1/4 since we don't need such a huge quantity (two quarts+!)

    Note: We increase the ratio of mayonnaise to buttermilk from 1:1 to 1.5:1, which results in a thicker texture. So, for our smaller (1/4) recipe, that would be 1.5 cups mayonnaise and 1 cup of buttermilk.

  • Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing (


    • 1/4 cup ripe avocado
    • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 1/4 cup sour cream
    • 1 tablespoon buttermilk
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 pinch dried dill weed
    • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 pinch garlic powder

    (Visit the link, above, to see the preparation instructions.)

    Teri wasn't as fond of this recipe as I was. I liked it a lot. It's green! And pretty tasty as far as I was concerned. I think it's a good alternative if you are in the mood for a rich, creamy dressing (and you like avocados).

Homemade Blue Cheese Recipes

  • SubMarie's Substitute Blue Cheese Salad Dressing (John Walker,
    Reverse-Engineering Marie's Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
    We used to eat Marie's Blue Cheese dressing until the company was bought by something bigger, and they turned it into something not quite edible. John Walker (of Autodesk/Autocad fame, if you're a computer nerd), an ex-Californian, took it upon himself to reverse-engineer his favorite Blue Cheese dressing, and we've been using his "current best practice" recipe ("Attempt 7") for a while now, it's pretty good.


    • 150g Danish Blue cheese
    • 9 tbsp / 135 ml Sour cream
    • 10 tbsp / 150 ml Buttermilk
    • 6 tbsp / 90 ml Mayonnaise
    • 1 tbsp / 15 ml White vinegar
    • 1/4 tsp Ground mustard
    • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder

    (Visit the link, above, to see the preparation instructions.)

    We reduce the buttermilk a bit (I use 8 tbsp) to make a thicker dressing, since the sour cream we use isn't as thick as the stuff John Walker uses in Switzerland.


In case you're wondering why we're going through all this trouble, here's some of the information we've collected while looking for better alternatives:

Is Best Foods Mayonnaise Healthier than it Used to Be?

As of the time of this writing, here are the ingredients lists for Best Foods Mayonnaise and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressings:

*Best Foods Mayonnaise Ingredients

Soybean oil, whole eggs, vinegar, water, egg yolks, salt, sugar, lemon juice, natural flavors, calcium disodium EDTA (used to protect quality)

**Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing Ingredients

Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil and/or Soybean Oil), Egg Yolk, Sugar, Salt, Cultured Nonfat Buttermilk, Natural Flavor, Spices, less than 1% of Garlic (Dried), Onion, Vinegar, Phosphoric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Modified Food Starch, Monosodium Glutamate, Artificial Flavors, Disodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid and Calcium Disodium Edta As Preservatives, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate.

Source: page

Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Ingredients

Vegetable Oil (Canola and/or Soybean Oil) Water, Egg Yolk, Sugar, less than 2% of Buttermilk, Salt, Lactic Acid, Vinegar, Modified Food Starch, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate, Dried Garlic, Dried Onion, Phosphoric Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Spices, Disodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid and Calcium Disodium Edta As Preservatives.

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I'm Mike. I'm LowCarbForLife's (Teri's) hubby. I manage the LowCarbCompatible™ web site, among many other things. I don't follow a strict diet but I do follow LowCarbForLife's way of eating most of the time, since we eat together (and I cook most of the time).

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