Decorating, shopping, cooking and sharing fun are all activities associated with the holiday time of the year. But all the festivities can make it hard to eat well and feel good. Here’s a recipe guaranteed to make it easy to eat your veggies! Make a double recipe and put the rest in the fridge for dipping all week long.

Chives add a pop of flavor to the dressing, color, and a little texture as garnish, too! Chives have many nutrients in them. This includes potassium, iron and calcium, vitamins A and C, folate, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. It is also a rich source of vitamin C, chives may alleviate a stuffy nose and colds.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • 1 Head Garlic
  • 1 TB Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Light Buttermilk
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Cup Light Olive Oil Mayo
¼ Cup Chopped Parsley
  • 2 TB Chopped Chives
  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper
  • Chives for garnish

Step One Cut 1/2-inch off the top of the head of garlic. Place the garlic in aluminum foil and drizzle with the 1TB olive oil. Bake until soft, at 350F for about 1 hour. Set aside to cool.

Step Two When the garlic is cool, squeeze the garlic out of the head into the bowl of a food processor. Add the buttermilk, lemon juice, mayo, parsley and chives, and puree. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with carrot sticks and celery, radishes and grape tomatoes for dipping.

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