3 healthy condiments you can make at home

Sauces can make healthy food into something truly delicious. Anyone who’s eaten a salad has experienced the way that a dressing can really bring vegetables together and round them out. Unfortunately, most store-bought condiments are loaded with strange chemicals like MSG, preservatives, and other unpronounceable ingredients. There is an easy way to get around eating all these additives: make your own. Here are three easy-to-make condiments with no preservatives or high-fructose corn syrup.

Simple vinaigrette

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

Add all ingredients to a jar with a tight sealing lid. Put lid on and shake. Dressing stays good for two weeks when stored in fridge.

Homemade ketchup

  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons natural maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4  cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Combine all ingredients in a pot. Stir ingredients until they are smooth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes, or until the ketchup is thick. Stir frequently. When cooled, pour into a bottle or jar and store in the fridge.

No-packet ranch

  • 8 ounces light sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons, or more, skim milk
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dill (optional)

Add sour cream and milk in a small mixing bowl. Mix seasonings into sour cream until desired level of flavor is reached. Add more milk if the ranch is too thick.  Refrigerate two hours before use for flavor to fully develop.  Use ranch within a week of making.

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