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Homemade Ranch Dressing


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.

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