Friday, July 01, 2011

Roasted red pepper ranch dressing

Like my daughters, the residents at work are die-hard devotees of ranch salad dressing. The use it as a dip for vegetables, crackers and French fries. Many residents smother their salad with the dressing, which negates the healthy effect of a tossed green salad.

The addition of roasted red pepper gives commercial ranch dressing a big flavor boost. Add more red pepper for a more pronounced flavor. While this dressing isn't a true low-fat dressing, it only contains around 140 calories per tablespoon. You won't need as much dressing with loads of extra flavor.

To prepare the dressing, combine 3-1/2 cups ranch dressing, 1 large chopped roasted red pepper (about 5 ounces), 8 chopped green onions and 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley in blender bowl. Blend to form a smooth consistency. Makes about 1 quart.

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