Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing

Creamy, delicious homemade ranch dressing.
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Where to begin?

This dressing is near iconic. Yes, most of us only know it from the commercial Hidden Valley Ranch product we’ve known for years.

But let’s go back in time, to when the dressing was made from scratch with no preservatives or anything fake.

Back to the original Hidden Valley Ranch itself, founded in 1954. (Read more at Wikipedia)

Mix some up, let the flavors come together as they chill in the fridge.

Then use it on a salad. Dip some cut vegetables into it. Dip some fries.

Taste the difference, you won’t want the bottled version any more.

1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 tablespoons Italian parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 medium clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

Makes: 1 1/3 cups

Place all of the ingredients in a jar or other container with a tight fitting lid. Put the lid on tightly and shake to evenly distribute all the ingredients. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper as desired. Refrigerate until chilled and the flavors have melded, about 1 hour. The dressing will last about 3 days in the refrigerator.

Try using lime juice in place of the lemon juice.
Squirt a couple shots of Sriracha Sauce into the dressing for an extra zip of flavor.
Make your own mayonnaise to make this a truly homemade dressing.