Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.

Ranch Dressing

I’ve taken to making salad dressings from scratch. Our favorites so far are honey mustard (me), blue cheese (Chris) and poppy seed (both).

I hadn’t, until recently, been able to find a ranch dressing recipe. I tasted a friend’s dressing last summer and liked it, but she used a pre-mixed spice mix from Penzey’s. Not what I was looking for, but I kept that open as an option since I was already aware of Hidden Valley’s mix and liked it. (Penzey’s is a great source for spices, by the way.)

Then in the June 9 feature section of News & Record, the newspaper I work for, I found a ranch recipe! And it is so easy! I can’t believe I couldn’t find a recipe before now.

Basically, you take whatever fresh herbs you have on hand and throw it in a bowl with buttermilk (or substitutes), mayo (or salad dressing/Miracle Whip), lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper.

Since we’re participating in a community supported agriculture (CSA) program this year, we already have a bunch of herbs on hand. I added dill, loveage, parsley and oregano.

Here’s the recipe:

Ranch Dressing

1/2 cup buttermilk*
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsp. finely chopper mixed fresh herbs
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 garlic clove
salt
pepper

Mix all the ingredients together and serve! That easy.

* Some buttermilk substitutes are yogurt or 1 tbsp. lemon juice with enough milk to make one cup. Let the milk mixture sit for a few minutes before using.

I used vanilla yogurt, which turned out to be too overpowering. The vanilla competes with the herbs so next time I’ll use plain yogurt or the milk/lemon juice trick.

I also never use mayonnaise since I don’t like it that much. I grew up on Miracle Whip (salad dressing) and prefer it. Plus, it’s lower in fat. 🙂

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Note: I am an Amazon Associate and select products that are related to blog posts or that I personally recommend. For this post, I do recommend Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix if you don’t want to make your own dressing from scratch. My grandma has used it for years and it’s delicious.

Though I haven’t tried the Williams-Sonoma cook book above, I do have the Williams-Sonoma Mexican cook book and it’s easy to use and has good recipes. So, it might be worth checking out the one above too.

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