Taco salad with ranch dressing on the side
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Ranch Dressing on a Ridiculously Big Taco Salad

Ranch dressing is a keto diet natural, luckily for all of we keto dieters out there. Ranch dressing was popularized in the 1980s and 1990s by the popular brand “Hidden Valley Ranch.” True story: When Hidden Valley Ranch hit the market, my mom’s friends thought they had stolen the recipe from her because they had only ever tasted ranch dressing like that in our house. Obviously, I grew up on ranch dressing, the homemade variety. Of course, creamy salad dressings were not invented by us. We were just ahead of the game in the homemade dressing department.

This is my mom’s standard ranch dressing recipe, slightly tweaked for my weight loss goals. Mayonnaise in particular has been increasingly and strangely transformed by food manufacturers as a slightly sweet condiment containing sugar. Old school mayonnaise is oil and eggs and has zero carbohydrates — a natural keto food. Find one of those mayonnaise brands (which is easily done if you check the labels) or make your own. Yogurt brands also vary in carbohydrates. A full fat version will probably offer you the fewest. Be sure to check out the label and become familiar with your options.

Whip It Up in 60 Seconds!!!

Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise. (Check the carbs on the label and look for a lower-carb brand. Some mayonnaise brands add sugar.)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt. (Check the carbs on the label and look for a lower-carb brand.)
  • Two tablespoons of chopped parsley or two teaspoons dried.
  • Two tablespoons of chopped chives or two teaspoons dried.
  • One tablespoon of dill weed or one teaspoon dried.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

Homemade Ranch Steps

  1. Mix together mayonnaise and sour cream.
  2. Add herbs and collagen.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Keto Ranch Dressing

On a Ridiculously Big Taco Salad!

Use that ranch dressing along with this:

  • 2 hearts of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 6 ounces (180 g) ground beef, cooked
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) grated cheddar cheese 1⁄2 white onion, sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • Cilantro

Why Ranch? Because We LOVE It!

Really??? Two Hearts of Romaine???

Make it your own!

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  1. Hey Amanda! You absoltuely rock…just sayin’! 🙂 May I ask a question about the protein amount? -Do you think it’s ok to have more than just 6 ounces of meat on the salad, being that this is OMAD? -I LOVE your idea/protocol but I do believe I need more than 6 ounces…I could see me easily adding 10 to 12 ounces of ground beef (just depending on hunger) and thus, doing soooo much better on this “consisdently”, you know? I can see that there may be days that 6 ounces might suffice, but I’m really wanting to live this way for the long term.

    So much love and appreciation for what you do for others! <3 from Canada!

    1. I do definitely have days where I eat more protein. I think our caution is probably in adding more protein that’s extra-fatty and then ending up pretty high in calories.

      1. Hi. Whats the rule of thumb with romaine and iceberg in cups? Is it always 8 cups of any lettuce? They sell a variety of romaine types and some are smaller than others, especially when you buy organic things are not so super sized. I like going by weight.

        1. The main rule of thumb is if you’re full, that’s great. I eat more iceberg by volume than spinach because spinach fills me up more.

    1. about two quarts. You can find them at nearly any store with kitchen items — Target, Smart and Final, etc.

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