I adore salads. I eat them almost everyday. They are seasonal and fresh; the possibilities are endless. But growing up, I had a problem with the All-American ranch dressing. The ranch dressing I ate as a child was made from a packet of powder-eh. In college I bought the bottle in the store-double eh. Once I found this recipe, there was no going back to the other stuff. I make it so much that I have handed over the cooking reins to my middle child to free up my time in the kitchen. She loves to make it.
We serve it on salads, use it as a dip for veggies, and I have a great cold pasta salad recipe that uses this ranch dressing (more on that one at a later time). It is simple to prepare and I always have the ingredients on hand. This ranch has the perfect balance of dairy and greens--creamy , but without too much onion or herb flavor. Once you make this recipe, you won't want to go back to any other.
makes about 1 cup
1/3 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellmann's)
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream, full fat or light
2 tablespoons chopped green onions, 1-2 onions depending on the size
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 small garlic clove, smashed and peeled
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In the bowl of a food processor, add the green onions, garlic, and parsley. Process until finely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and process again. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse just until combined. Dressing will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
Source: Adapted from Country Living
Nicole ~ Everyday I can't wait to get up and open up your page to see "what's on the menu" for today! Ranch dressing is a staple in our home and my daughter uses it for just about anything "dip~able"!!! I too have resorted to the popular yet ever so distasteful bottle for shear ease of it all. I can't wait to make this for her (and for us)! Once again you've posted a WINNER!ReplyDelete
My daughter is also my side-kick in the kitchen. She loves to help and I love that we can cook/bake together. Thanks for the recipe...I haven't made homemade ranch before, but I will try this out!ReplyDelete
My children love to be in the kitchen with me as well. I do hope you try the recipe. Thanks for stopping by.
I'm excited!! I've been looking for a great ranch recipe, b/c I really despise using bottled dressings, and have yet to find one I love. I'm sure this will be the one. :) AND... I made your chocolate fallen souffle cake for Valentine's Day dessert and my husband LOVES it!!! (and so do I... perhaps too much. ;) Thanks for your great recipes!ReplyDelete
This is definitely "the one" in our house. I am so pleased you and your husband enjoyed the Chocolate Fallen Soufflé Cake. Thank you for taking the time to let me know and for stopping by. Happy cooking!
Oh I am SO looking forward to amking this! I LOVE ranch dressing but HATE that bottled kind. Gah, it's vile. With this recipe I'll be eating a lot more salads.ReplyDelete
Just an update...I made this for our dinner tonight for a simple salad and the taste is BRILLIANT! Not oniony and sooo smooth and creamy.ReplyDelete
Wow! I am pleased you made it so quickly and enjoyed it.
Yummy! I love homemade salad dressings. Many people shouldn't be intimidated by them because they are actually very easy to make! :)ReplyDelete
I agree. Homemade is the way to go. Thanks for stopping by:)
There's something to be said when your 3 yr old daughter and 38 yr old husband both say "yum" at dinner!!!! They loved the dressing!ReplyDelete
Yeah:) Thanks for letting me know--that warms my heart!
Yum! And I love how you put this in that cute jar. Adorable. I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlightReplyDelete
I LOVE ranch dressing. I'll definitely be trying this recipe soon - looks fantastic.ReplyDelete
I do hope you try it and thank you for stopping by:)
Exactly what I was looking for. I’m using this in my next blog post, you’ll get a Backlink of course.ReplyDelete
I never knew that making ranch dressing would be so easy! Great Picture!ReplyDelete
Charlie, 12 year old food blogger
Thank you and thanks for stopping by:)
Hi Nicole! I am Nicole, as well. I am born and raised in Missouri but I am pretty sure God misplaced me and meant for me to live in the South. Oh well! I just found your blog via another blog and I am loving it so far! Can't wait to hear about the pasta salad you make with your wonderful Ranch dressing! My family would love that! Take care and best wishes!ReplyDelete
Does it have to be the exact recipe or could you had add your own flavorReplyDelete
Of, course. My motto is... "make it for you, make it your own". Enjoy!Delete
Have you ever tried making it using powdered buttermilk + water instead of regular buttermilk? I don't always have buttermilk on hand.ReplyDelete