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Homemade Ranch Dressing

on June 24, 2012

I have definitely been slacking in the blogging department, but not the cooking department! I’ve finally got a moment to post some of the yummy food I’ve been creating.  I have just been enjoying this hot summer weather spending all my free time in the pool! AHHHHHH!

So without further ado, here is a good summer recipe that can be used for not only salad dressing, but lots of other foods such as pasta salad, pizza, veggie dip, etc.

I have to say that ever since the first time I made my own homemade salad dressing I loathe the store bought kind. So today’s post is for Homemade Ranch Dressing, which is sure to please!  I decided to make chicken ranch pizza on the grill and used the ranch dressing for the “sauce” of the pizza. Since I was using this for a “sauce” as opposed to a dressing, I made it a bit thicker than normal, so if you are using it for something besides a dressing and you need it to be thicker just add less buttermilk. It’s best to make this at least an hour in advance for the flavors to combine and become prominent. The dressing should last about 3 days. This recipe makes a fairly small batch so if you need a lot you should probably double the recipe. Remember to taste the dressing and adjust the seasonings to your preference. If you are feeling really adventurous fry up a few pieces of bacon, crumble and add to the dressing…voila…bacon ranch dressing! 😉

Homemade Ranch Dressing

½ cup mayonnaise

¼ cup buttermilk (more to thin it out & less to make it thicker)

1 tbsp. white vinegar

¼ tsp. onion powder

1 clove garlic, crushed

¼ tsp. salt

Freshly crushed black pepper, to taste

½ tbsp. freeze dried chives

1 tbsp. dried parsley

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl except for the buttermilk. Whisk until just combined. Add the buttermilk 1 tbsp. at a time until you reach the desired consistency, whisking thoroughly. Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight. Dressing should keep for about 3 days.


5 responses to “Homemade Ranch Dressing

  1. messyme says:

    I do love ranch dressing but have never tried to make it homemade. But, I think that this sounds delish and can’t wait to try it. I also look forward to more recipes.

  2. Looks great. Going to have to give it a try.

  3. […] There is truly nothing like going out to your garden and getting the fresh herbs that you need for a recipe, which is exactly what I did when I made the marinade for this ranch-style grilled chicken. This recipe works best with fresh herbs but you can definitely substitute dried, just remember to use less.  Also, I like to put my marinades in the blender (I have the Cuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower 15-Piece Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System, so it’s pretty convenient) when I am using fresh herbs, personally I think it helps get all the flavors into the meat better, plus sometimes I get a little bit lazy and don’t really feel like chopping everything up, so blending it takes care of that!  So you can either just chop everything up and mix it together or throw it all in the blender. Totally your choice! I called this “ranch-style” because it is not your typical creamy ranch, but I still used all the seasonings from my Ranch Dressing. […]

  4. […] at making this I think mild cheddar is the way to go, as it does not overpower or clash with the ranch dressing. Also, I’ve included measurements in the recipe, however they’re just guesstimates so just go […]

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