Our Best Homemade Ranch Dressing with Kefir and Herbs

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My kid, like just about any kid, has a thing for ranch dressing.  It’s an American classic, and

Kefir is a Powerhouse

Kefir is a nutritional powerhouse.   It is rich in beneficial bacteria that support gut health.

Where to Find Kefir Grains (And How to Make It)

To make kefir, you’ll need kefir grains and you can either purchase them live here or dried here.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Fil Mjolk Ranch Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup mayonnaise, preferably homemade (see recipe in my cookbook)
  • 1/2 cup filmjolk (get a starter here)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (this is where I buy mine)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground unrefined sea salt (this is what I use)
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper


  1. Spoon the mayonnaise into a mixing bowl, and then whisk in the filmjolk and olive oil. When the oil and filmjolk are completely integrated into the mayonnaise, whisk in the onion and garlic powders, salt, herbs and dried parsley. Taste it, and adjust seasoning as necessary to suit your preferences.

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What people are saying

  1. Jenny says

    Fil Mjolk differs in a few ways–it has a milder, sweeter flavor than kefir and it requires no grains. I think that kefir also originates in the middle east or central Asia, while fil mjolk originates in Scandinavia.

  2. says

    Only sort of on topic (re: mayo)- I’ve been making my mayo for a few months now. The last 2 times it has turned out hard as a rock after I’ve refrigerated it. I’ve only ever used CO, so I doubt that’s why (but it could be as I’ve been known to be wrong). Any ideas?

    • says

      I think it IS the coconut oil. I use a blend of EVOO and coconut oil in my recipe. Some people use just EVOO but I find the mayo to be too strong that way. Some others use EVOO and sunflower oil (or other oil) but I like the slight firming action of the coconut oil. Using only coconut oil, however, would most likely result in very hard mayo, so I’d bet that’s the culprit!

  3. Geneva says

    I have found another homemade ranch dressing mix that has a great flavor but I have trouble getting it to thicken up. I use sour milk in the recipe and regular store bought mayo. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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