WIAW: Simple Homemade Ranch Dressing

First I want to start off by thanking everyone for the awesome comments on yesterday’s post! A lot of you made comments about time flying by and lots of memories of your life in college. I think those comments were spot on- I feel like I was just moving into my dorm room yesterday and now I’m getting ready to move for my first internship less than a year late

On the topic of my internship, I haven’t really explained what it all will entail. The main reason for this is that my blog is personal and I try to keep it as separated from the rest of my life as possible. I have mentioned this before, but other than my parents and brother (who do not read the blog), none of my family, friends or classmates know about Eating 4 Balance. It’s not that I’m ashamed of it. On the contrary, I’m extremely proud of the little community I’m a part of and would honestly love to tell everyone!

The problem is that I don’t know how people will react. Some may want not care and some may want to read it. Of those who would choose to read it, I think some who are close to me might misunderstand something I’ve said, while others may just not understand at all and see what I talk about on here as self-centered or pointless.


With that in mind, it goes both ways in that I don’t want to share too much of what I do outside of my blog for fear of causing trouble. I’ve read stories of bloggers who have lost their jobs because they blogged about what they did at work. And since I make a total of $0 on Eating 4 Balance, losing money over a blog is not really worth it.

Still, I want to keep you in the loop as much as possible. Reading recipes and stomach pain tangents all day is probably not entertaining for most of you.


Here’s the low-down:

  1. My internship is located in a city about 3 hours away from my hometown.
  2. I will work 16 weeks full-time over the summer starting May 20 and ending August 16. I will continue to work from my college dorm for the company part-time from the end of my summer term through the school year until the end of my spring term.
  3. For the first few weeks at the internship I will be learning tax law and will be trained on an accounting/tax-type software. For the remaining time until April 2014 I will work in customer service answering calls and helping out the accountants and tax professionals who use the company’s software.

That about sums it up! I’m very excited to move into a subleased apartment in less than two weeks and start this Β internship. Yes, it will be hard to be so far away from everyone I know and be surrounded by unfamiliar faces, but challenges are good for me. They strengthen the soul and I think that I will become a better person for this.


One of the main things that I’ll miss is being able to cook and bake at my leisure. Sure, my sublet has a really nice kitchen, but I really only need the stove right now for cooking soup and vegetables. I’ll miss these two weeks of baking bliss that I’m experiencing, getting to make some amazing, healthy food and experiment with recipes.

Speaking of recipes, last Wednesday I posted four pictures and asked which you would like to see first. As there was not really a consensus (let’s be real- the answers were all over the board!) I chose to share the stuffed squash first on Monday. It’s very simple and the prep time is almost non-existent. Also, the regular recipe includes a homemade beef sausage, but in the notes I gave several suggestions of vegetarian/vegan replacements that would be delicious as well.


The second recipe that I’m going to share is perfect for the warming temperatures and all of the fresh produce that come with summer. Homemade ranch dressing!

Simple Homemade Ranch Dressing

Grain/Gluten/Wheat-Free, Egg/Nut-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free Option, GAPS-friendly

1 or 2 servings (depending on how much you like dressing πŸ˜‰ )



  • 1/3 cup plain yogurt (I used full fat regular organic, but you could use an unflavored yogurt– Greek, coconut, almond or goat)
  • 1 tsp honey (you could also use a few drops of stevia in place of this if you wanted)
  • 1 tsp light olive oil (you could replace this with 1 tsp of milk/water as well, but I strongly suggest the olive oil version)
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp each of dried dill, sea salt, garlic powder, and onion powder
  • a dash each of Italian seasoning and sage


  1. Combine all ingredients stirring well! Double or triple for leftovers.
  2. Use immediately or let sit overnight for the flavors to meld together for an even more authentic-tasting dressing!

I usually don’t post nutrition facts for my recipes, but I really wanted to compare the stats for this one:


The nutrition facts for my recipe is on the left while the nutrition facts for the same amount ofΒ store-boughtΒ ranch dressing is on the right. Unlike with store-bought dressing which is full of scary chemicals and additives where you’d be wise to use a small amount, if you make my homemade version you can customize it to your needs (substitute the yogurt for a version that fits your dietary requirements, increase or decrease the salt, add in additional seasonings, etc.) and you can use the entire thing! No puny little tablespoons of dressing on your salad. Use the full 1/3 cup! πŸ˜€

Thanks again to Jenn, our amazing host, for hosting WIAW this week.

Wiaw While Packing for College (Pumpkin recipe)


How do you handle people reading your blog? Do your family/friends/classmates/colleagues follow you? Has it ever caused any problems for you?

What does your schedule look this summer?

What is your favorite salad dressing? Do you have any good homemade dressing recipes?

59 thoughts on “WIAW: Simple Homemade Ranch Dressing

  1. I know what you mean about being worried about people finding your blog and not knowing how they’d react. I’ve had friends begin to find mine and I won’t lie- it’s weird at first. They found it through my twitter (which I created especially for the blog). I still get weirded out when they read my posts so I am learning to be more careful so that THEY don’t feel weird. It’s definitely a balance that takes time to figure out!

    • That’s my biggest concern. My friends won’t always tell me when somethings up so I’m worried that they’ll either a. find my blog and not tell me (just secretly read it) or b. find my blog, let me know, and then talk to each other about how strange it is. Lol.

      • I’m just finding out on both accounts and I won’t lie, it makes me uncomfortable at times which is why I have cut back on some of the more personal things I used to talk about.

  2. OMG!!!! EVERY DAY I am in that problem where I am telling a story and I think to myself: WAITTT what’s the “moral” of this story… So then I have to embellish a little bit! LOL!!!!!!

    Oh and as for people reading my blog: Whoever wants to read and watch YAY!!!!! PLEASE COME ON OVER but… the one person who won’t… My mom. She HATES my personality! lol

    • My friends always stop us in the middle of particular boring stories to say “And then you found 20 dollars.” Lol. That’s when we know to cut our losses and stop before we sound even more boring/bizarre than we already are. haha. Glad someone else can relate!

      That’s funny about your mom. I personally think you have a great personality! Very fitting for blogging πŸ™‚ My mom actually asks me about once a week when she’ll be allowed to read my blog. i always tell her “Not any time soon!”

  3. Totally relate to your thoughts on keeping your blog personal – none of my friends/family have found mine (yet), and I’m curious what will happen when they do. I try to phrase things accordingly haha.

    • It would be incredibly funny if one of my relatives or friends stumbled upon my blog. I could just imagine them leaving a comment being like… “Is this really you Madison?” haha.

  4. I am so excited you posted this recipe. Joshua is a HUGE ranch lover and will make any salad an unhealthy salad with how much he uses, Ha Ha! Will have to try this recipe out.

  5. I just started my blog and the only people who know about it are my husband and his sister. I’ve always wanted one sooner but was scared if people found out they would think I was strange… But then I was like “who cares?!”. As of now I’m not telling anyone else but I know I probably will in the next few months, especially if it gets more traffic. If your friends are really your friends they won’t judge πŸ™‚ As of posting about work… I agree just don’t do it. I can’t anyways because I’m in medical and that’s a violation haha!

    • You are so right. If they really are my friends they won’t judge me, and I should be like “who cares?” You are definitely braver than me πŸ™‚ I’m sure I’ll tell my friends eventually.

      I’ll be in accounting so posting about work would be a violation for me too! Lol.

  6. I’m the same- none of my family or friends know of my blog. Although I am still careful not to put too much personal info on it, just the general stuff πŸ™‚
    Your internship sounds like it will keep you busy this summer, hopefully you can still find time for some fun!

  7. I’m with you on this post- I”ll be starting my dietetic internship in August. I created the blog so I could share my life with my friends and family as I graduate college and take the next step, but especially working in a hospital, confidentiality is crucial. I’m actually scared to talk about my internship once it starts!

    • I would check out some other bloggers who have written about their internships– Kath Eats and The Lean Green Bean are the ones that come to mind right off the bat. I know Kath blogged extensively during her internship. Maybe she’d have some advice for you on what you’re allowed to share! Confidentiality is definitely crucial and that’s really smart of you for keeping that in mind!

  8. Thank you for the Ranch dressing recipe my dear. It sounds delicious and I love the stat comparison. Even more impressive is the whole ingredients you used as opposed to a bunch of nasty chemicals. Fabulous.
    As for the blog, I think you can talk about work in generalities, but I wouldn’t get into specifics for the very reasons you mentioned. Also, it took me a long time to open up about my blog to my friends (I came out to my family right away), and it’s been incredible freeing. Now they understand why I post so many food pictures on Facebook…ha! It was hard though and I had all the same concerns you did (what if I offend somebody, what if they don’t get it, what if they think I’m a freak), and it was the Hubby who pushed me to do it. He said your blog is you (on a plate) and if they can’t accept or appreciate it, then that’s their problem. He was right, and the best part…I ran into a friend this past weekend who I haven’t seen in almost a year, and she had lost 30 pounds. Turns out she reads my blog and I was actually an inspiration for her. It made me feel good.

    • I’m so glad that you mentioned the nutrition facts because I forgot to add honey in the mix! Well, up went the calories and sugar 😦 but it’s all whole foods like you said! πŸ™‚

      I’ve really refrained from posting food pictures on Facebook but it’s certainly hard πŸ™‚ Your husband is totally right. He’s a keeper for sure πŸ˜‰ If you hadn’t shared your blog with your friends than you would never have had the chance to inspire your friend to lose 30 pounds. What a great feeling for both you and her! Blogging rocks.

    • Safety is definitely a big factor in it. I’m still learning the ins-and-outs of what to do and what not to do with social media. The idea that some stranger is reading though freaks me out *just a bit.*

  9. I have ALWAYS used store bought salad dressing (typically Newman’s Own); however, over the last two weeks, I have been making my own πŸ™‚ Recipe: 3 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar, 1 TBSP Olive Oil, 1 TBSP mustard, Pepper, Garlic Powder (to preference) – makes two servings!

  10. That dressing looks great! I always make my own salad dressing, it tastes so much better than any store-bought kind I can think of. I love adding tahini and mustard to my dressings, for extra creamy-ness.
    None of my real-life friends or family read my blog. And that’s exactly how I want it to be.

    • This is the first time I’ve tried making a homemade dressing before, so I’m super impressed that you make your own all the time! Do you have any recipes on your blog? I’m sure my parents will get tired of ranch eventually πŸ™‚

      I wasn’t ever planning on telling my family about my blog, but since I spent a lot of time reading them and typing on my computer they were beginning to wonder!

    • Very busy for sure. I’ve been told several times when I was complaining (but not *really* complaining, you know? πŸ˜‰ ) about how much time I’ll have to work— “Welcome to adulthood.” πŸ˜›

  11. It’s definitely hard to find that right public/private line! I share my blog with a few close friends, but no family members or coworkers know about it. Not that there’s anything bad, it just doesn’t seem appropriate? Like you say, just leaves openings for misunderstandings. That said, your internship sounds great, and I hope you can continue to give us (vague) details about how it goes! πŸ™‚

    • Glad you know where I’m coming from. There have been a few occasions where I’ve written a line or two and realized that I just shouldn’t because it involved a family member or friend (both good and bad). I wouldn’t want someone writing all the time about me with my knowledge of it so I try to respect that.

      I’m planning on “vague” updates like you said πŸ˜€

  12. It’s always interesting to know who is reading your blogs. I have my grandparents following so it certainly requires me to think about what I post. I know you will find a happy medium. Good luck!

    • My grandparents do not know how to work a computer (quite literally actually πŸ˜€ ) but I always try to think about how I’d feel if a family member read my posts and if I’d be okay with them knowing what I said. Most of the time I do follow that but it’s hard. I think you’re right about finding a happy medium!

  13. I’m so excited for your job! It sounds like an awesome opportunity. And I agree, blogging about your job or work related things can definitely be risky. I try not to talk about work at all on my blog (other than “I left the office today and drove to the gym” haha). But seriously, if coworkers found out about my blog I don’t know how it would pan out. I’m really hoping they don’t! But my friends and family know about it, at this point there’s no way I could hide my blogging habit!

    • I think I’ll take your cue and just say the basics. It’s going to be really hard to find a balance though because with college I was able to complain if I wanted to without any risk involved. That’s great that your family and friends know about your blog. Someday maybe I’ll be that brave to share with some of my close friends!

  14. Congrats again on the internship!
    I know what you mean about sharing too much about work. Nobody at work knows I have a blog–and I’d like to keep it that way. A handful of family and friends read the blog, but I don’t want many more from “real life” to read it. I worry about being judged to some extent–but I’d hate to say something that would jeopardize my employment!
    This ranch dressing recipe looks great. I love making my own dressings, but for whatever reason, I’ve never tried ranch (which is odd, because that’s the only kind I would eat as a child).

    • Thanks again! πŸ™‚

      I’m planning on keeping my blog a secret as well. I feel the same way about being judged and the idea of it jeopardizing your job is very scary! Good for you for being cautious. I feel like some people aren’t these days and just share everything on the internet.

      I hope you give the ranch a try seeing as how you’re such a fan πŸ™‚ I’d like to see how you think it compares!

  15. Most of my friends don’t know about my blog either. It feels like it’s my whole other world y’know? Also, congrats on the internship!

    Andddd I’m not gonna lie – I love my salad with lots of dressing! I’m gonna try this out soon πŸ™‚

    • It’s totally a whole other world. And one I kind of want to be selfish with and keep all to myself πŸ˜€

      I’m the same way with salad dressing. I always had to ask for two dressing packets for my salads at drive thrus because one was never enough! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Tiff πŸ™‚ It really is odd to mention. My family knows about my blogging just because I seem to find a way to talk about blogs all day long. There is so much interesting stuff and good advice in them! πŸ™‚

  16. Just came across your blog and I wanted to say I TOTALLY FEEL YOU on not wanting to share your blog with “friends” on FB and such! πŸ™‚ & thanks for the ranch recipe, I’ve been meaning to try to make my own bc ranch is one of those indulgences of mine!

    • Well welcome! Thanks for commenting Alicia πŸ˜€ I will have to check your blog out too!

      I totally thought the ranch dressing was going to be an epic fail, and it really should have been seeing as how I just started throwing ingredients together πŸ˜‰ But it turned out great! Let me know if you give it a try πŸ™‚

    • Greek yogurt is so great for it’s protein! Most salad dressings have zero protein I think πŸ™‚

      I’m honestly super excited for your trip to Scotland because I can’t wait to read all about it and see your surely amazing pictures.

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