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.
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
1-2 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.


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25 comments :

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

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  2. sounds good and looks easy. win, win!

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

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  4. 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 :)

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

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  6. 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!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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  12. 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.

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

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    2. 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.

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  13. 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!

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

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  15. I made this yesterday! Easy and delicious. Wonderful!

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  16. 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!

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  17. 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.

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

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

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

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  21. 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 !!!

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  22. 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.

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