Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Homemade Ranch Dressing

I just love a good salad.  Crispy green lettuce.  Red ripe tomatoes.  Fresh cucumbers and crunchy croutons.  And if you're making a salad a meal, why not top it off with something special?  Now, I got no bones against bottled dressing.  I use it all the time and y'all have seen it make an appearance a couple times on the blog here.  But when the salad is gonna be the star of my lunch or supper, every now and then I like to give her a pretty little dress to wear.  Make her look real nice.  And feel a little special. Put a little spring in her step.
Now I sound like I'm gonna ask this salad to marry me. 
I do love you so...

You get what I'm saying. 

 It is actually pretty dang easy to make your own salad dressing if you got a few basic ingredients on hand.  And the taste is really something special.
Ingredients:
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream
2 small cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp. dried dill (or 1 tbsp. fresh dill)
1 tsp. dried parsley (or 1 tbsp. fresh parsley)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

 Directions:
In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients.
You want to make sure you really mince your garlic.
I have a garlic press so I used that but if you are chopping it up by hand, get it as finely minced as you can.  The fresh garlic adds a ton of flavor to this dressing.
Store in a jar or bowl with a lid in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
 I think it gets even better tasting after it's been in the refrigerator for at least a day. 
It really helps the flavors come together.
Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out the Olive Garden Salad Dressing.



25 comments :

Bama Girl said...

Brandie, thank you so much for sharing this recipe! You even answered my question about using sour cream or yogurt! Blessings from Bama!

Martha said...

sounds good and looks easy. win, win!

Lisa @ Lisa's Dinnertime Dish said...

This recipe looks great! I just pinned it so that I can try it later!

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

Love it. We LOVE salads (yours looks amazing) and I always make my own dressings. So much tastier and healthier without all the strange chemicals :)

Kiri W. said...

Very cool - I've never made Ranch myself! Looks like a tasty, creamy recipe!

Marla said...

I can no longer tolerate lettuce, even spinach and romaine lettuce now bothers me, but I am of the OPINION that Ranch Dressing should be a FOOD GROUP!!!

From Valeries Kitchen said...

There's nothing better than having a big old mason jar filled with homemade dressing in the fridge! Looks wonderful.

Sarah @ Homestyle Cooking Around The World said...

This looks great- have been looking for a good homemade version to try.

Maureen said...

Can't buy ranch dressing in Australia (at least where I live) -- I'm so glad to see your recipe!

Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

I have actually been craving fresh salads lately (I think it's the weather.) That dressing would be perfect!

Slice of Southern said...

Ranch is my fav....been looking for a good recipe for it. thanks for posting this!

DawnK said...

WOWZA GARLIC! The recipe is good, but I like a milder garlic flavor. I might decrease garlic to 1/2 bulb, or replace with garlic powder. One of the best ranch recipes I've seen on Pinterest so far.

Mindy Lowe said...

I have made this dressing 3 times now since pinning it a couple months ago. It is the best homemade dressing I've ever tasted!! I used to use HVR buttermilk recipe pouches but they contain MSG, so I quit. We have a chain of pizza buffet/arcade restaurants where I'm from originally, Mr. Gatti's. They have the all time best ranch dressing ever n I have never found a recipe that came even close to theirs til this n I love it! Thanks so much for posting this blog! P.S. I have used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream n sour milk (1c milk:1T lemon juice or vinegar) in this recipe as well n it's just as good n less calories n more protein. I also used almond milk last time n couldn't taste a difference. So good!

Yum Yucky said...

Oooo. Heyyy. I like this recipe. Just found your site. Gonna cruise around the place a bit.

kmac said...

Yum! Thank you. :)

NSB Mom said...

I made this yesterday! Easy and delicious. Wonderful!

Jess S said...

I swear you have the luckiest family in the world, all this awesome food you make them! lol. We love ranch dressing, I'll be sure to try this!

Anonymous said...

Instead of mincing garlic, I use a grater and grate it. Much smaller pieces. Garlic powder would work with this also.

K said...

I made this dressing today and I followed the directions, but it was thick. I ended up having to add about another 1/2 cup of buttermilk to thin it out. In your photo with the dressing on the salad, it looks like a thin dressing, which is what I wanted. The only difference is I used the mayo from a squeeze bottle and not a jar, but I don't think that would make a difference? I'm wondering if the mayo in the squeeze bottle is a little more thick than jar mayo??? Trying to figure it out. The flavor tastes good. I have it in a jar and will try it on salad tomorrow.

debbie timmons said...

LOVE your recipes. This is definitely going on my to-do list. Any suggestions on spicing this up for a spicy ranch dressing?

Anonymous said...

Or try it with mincing the garlic by hand or in a manual food chopper. Using garlic that has been pressed thru a garlic press will give you a stronger garlic flavor over hand minced because you are also pressing the juices out. By hand mincing, you get a milder garlic flavor because you are keeping the juices inside each of the tiny pieces instead of "losing" the juice into whatever it is you're making. Depending on my mood/energy level, I'll either mince by hand with a chopping knife or use my Zyliss food chopper if I want the milder flavor.

caroline hawley said...

Hi, can you please let me know how long you can keep this dressing for in a sealed glass container.

Doona Goddard said...

to Debbie Timmons. I use tony chachere's Creole seasoning. all the right ingredients already added. use it on everything!

Susan Gearhart said...

Have a quick question, I can't have mayo, I'm allergic to eggs. Is there anything else I can do to make this..I luv salad, but dressings are a tricky thing !!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the recipe! We are having hot wings and I didn't have any ranch. I was able to use the last of my homemade mayo. I didn't know it was so easy to make ranch.