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Delicious, creamy homemade ranch dressing recipe

Delicious, creamy homemade ranch dressing recipe


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This ranch dressing can be made in 5 minutes and is deliciously creamy and fresh. A family favourite!

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IngredientsServes: 8

  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 180g mayonnaise
  • 170ml soured cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 180ml milk

MethodPrep:10min ›Extra time:10min chilling › Ready in:20min

  1. Put the spring onions, garlic, parsley and olive oil into a food processor and ‘whiz’ until you have the desired consistency. I left the parsley a bit bigger simply to look nice in the dressing!
  2. Either add the rest of the ingredients into the processor or add it to the food mixer with the whisk attachment and combine. Transfer to a serving dish then let the flavours come together in the fridge for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Tip

I find this dressing can get runny quite quickly so I recommend using it within at least 2 days of making.

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This Mexican Ranch Dressing can’t get any easier. Three ingredients and just a few minutes to whip up, this is one of our absolute favorites. Give your salad a flavor boost with this incredibly delicious recipe.

Mexican food is one of our favorite cuisines. I suppose it’s tied with pizza, but it is pretty much guaranteed to grace the table at a minimum of once a week.

From tacos with fermented salsa, Pumpkin Sheet Pan Nachos with homemade sour cream, or yummy burritos, we love it all.

Now I have a new recipe to add to the repertoire. This homemade Mexican ranch is so, so good on so many things. It’s creamy, it’s zesty, and it’s bursting with warm, wonderful taco flavors.

Add an extra layer of flavor by throwing in a handful of home grown cilantro.

We’re at the point now where we only have a few more short weeks left of salad season until it just gets too warm and the plants decide to bolt. So, we are going to milk this occasion. Salads every day until we run out or until the plants bolt. Whichever comes first.

This dressing on a green, leafy salad with crispy, pan-fried chicken, sliced avocado, and garden tomatoes is a favorite in our house. Sometimes, I’ll even throw on some sourdough croutons to take it next level.


Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing is the ultimate ranch dip and dressing recipe made with mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, dill weed, and other pantry seasonings.

Score big with tasty Party Appetizers like Buffalo Wings and Crispy Chicken Fingers by pairing them with homemade dipping sauces. The ultimate game day dunking experience!

HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING

Whether it’s pizza in ranch, fries with ranch, or veggies with ranch, this creamy, tangy dressing is the dip that everyone loves! Making Homemade Ranch Dressing is super simple and you don’t need any extra fancy ingredients for a quick batch in minutes. The longer you let it sit, the more ranch flavor your dressing will have, but it’s also delicious as soon as it’s made.

You don’t have to just serve this Homemade Ranch Dressing as a dip, you can use it for salads or sandwich spreads too. This mayonnaise and sour cream homemade ranch recipe is thicker than a bottled ranch salad dressing, but you can add a splash of milk or buttermilk until it’s the desired consistency for drizzling. The base ingredients give you a perfectly balanced ranch flavor, but feel free to adjust to how zesty or mild you like your dressing.

This made from scratch Ranch Dressing is a blend of pantry spices like garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley. The key ingredient in Ranch Dressing to give it that signature ranch flavor is dill weed. This Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe uses dried dill to make it extra easy to make whenever you are craving it. You can always swap in fresh dill for bolder dill flavor. That includes all the ingredients, swap in fresh garlic cloves for dried garlic or any other fresh seasoning you prefer.

You can store the spices for your Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe separately and then mix it with mayonnaise and sour cream when you are ready to serve the ranch dressing. You could also double or triple the spice blend and then substitute 2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing spices for a store-bought ranch dressing mix. Ranch dressing mix can kept fresh in the pantry for up to a year or in the freezer indefinitely as long as it’s in a moisture-free container!


How to Make This Creamy Ranch Salad Dressing

This recipe couldn’t be easier to make. Give it a try and see how many ways you can use it with your favorite recipes.

The ingredients to make this homemade Ranch Salad Dressing recipe are pretty simple: mayonnaise, sour cream, heavy whipping cream, fresh squeezed lemon juice and herbs and spices.

I like to make my dressing in a two-cup measuring cup or medium-size bowl.

Start by adding the garlic and onion powder, heavy whipping cream and lemon juice.

To this, add equal parts of sour cream and mayonnaise.

Then add the fresh herbs that have been rough chopped.

Using a hand blender (or hand whisk), mix until the Ranch Salad Dressing is emulsified and smooth.

It should be thick in consistency but pourable. If you need it thinner, add just a teaspoon or so more of whipping cream and stir well.

This salad dressing can be used for all sorts of recipes. Use it immediately or refrigerate it in a covered container up to a week.

It’s definitely kid-friendly but don’t be surprised if the older crowd can’t help itself from digging in and dipping, too. Enjoy!

If you love this recipe be sure to sample some of my other blue-ribbon dressings and vinaigrettes:

Or for more delicious summer salad recipes, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Recipe Section.


Where did Ranch Dressing Come from?

A Nebraska born Cowboy named Steve Hensen invented the original Ranch Dressing in Alaska where he was a plumber and cook for his fellow workers. He then perfected it on the actual Hidden Valley “Dude” Ranch he and his wife owned in the 1950’s.

He started selling the much asked about dressing to help make ends meet on the ranch and eventually ended up selling the first dry mix packets in stores. It took off and in 1970 he sold the brand and the product for 8 million dollars. By the 1980’s it had ousted Italian as America’s most popular dressing. And now you can have this iconic dressing homemade the way it was meant to be.


How To Make Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing With Buttermilk &ndash In a large bowl, you&rsquoll simply whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, dried parsley, dill weed, garlic powder, onion powder and salt & pepper together. Once the ingredients are blended together, you&rsquoll want to refrigerate it for about 30 minutes before you&rsquore ready to serve.

How To Make Ranch With Greek Yogurt &ndash For this recipe, you&rsquoll whisk together the Greek yogurt, milk and a packet of ranch dressing mix. If the dressing is a little too thick, add a little extra milk until you reach the consistency you like. You&rsquoll want to refrigerate this dressing for about 30 minutes as well before serving.

These dressings are so good that my family always asks for it every time I make something that calls for ranch dressing. My husband also loves to pack little containers with it to enjoy some vegetable sticks while at work.


Organic, Real Food on a Budget – Homemade Ranch Dressing

This spring, I received numerous emails asking, “How do you make organic food affordable?”. Many readers want to make changes, but need some help obtaining organic, real food, without breaking the bank.

I’ve spent the last several years finding ways to cut costs and make organic food more affordable for my family and I want to share my ideas with you. All my posts this summer will be devoted to “Organic, Real Food – On a Budget”. I’ll share recipes, tips, tricks, and everything I know to reduce costs without compromising.

My first tip is to stop buying so many packaged foods and start buying whole foods instead. Packaging costs money. Why pay for cardboard and plastic when you could use that money to buy food? Most American pantries and refrigerators overflow with pre-made packaged foods. Even if the packaged food is organic, you’re still paying more than if you made it yourself. Take salad dressing for an example. Honestly, we don’t need to buy bottles and bottles of salad dressing. Most bottled dressing at the store contains preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and oils that don’t nourish. Homemade salad dressing takes minutes to prepare and will keep in the fridge for a week or two. It costs less, and you get the added bonus of knowing all the ingredients.

My everyday dressing consists of lemon juice, a little olive oil, salt and pepper. I actually squeeze the juice, drizzle the oil, and season directly over the lettuce. No need for another bowl. I toss the greens at least 15-20 times, taste, and adjust according to my whim.

We also enjoy making Ranch dressing, especially since you can use it for salad, or as a dip for chicken fingers and vegetables (I even like it on my mashed potatoes occasionally). My version takes a few minutes to prepare, uses dried herbs to keep the cost down, and keeps in the fridge for about a week. Make it and you’re well on your way to making Organic, Real Food – On a Budget!

Here are some other great homemade salad dressing recipes:

Hot Bacon Dressing from Organic Spark
Apricot Salad Dressing from Elena’s Pantry
Tahini Soy Dressing from Family Fresh Cooking
Kombucha Vinaigrette from Nourished Kitchen


Ranch Dressing Recipe


Friends, it is time to skip the store-bought variety and know EXACTLY what you’re getting with this easy Homemade Ranch Dressing! With the help of yogurt, this Ranch Dressing is also lighter and healthier, but it is just as delicious.

And if you like appetizer-food (SUPER BOWL food) that needs dippin’, you will need this recipe because any food under the sun wants to be dipped in Ranch. It just does. I think that’s a universal thing.

Speaking of football, who is the underdog?? If the Bears aren’t there, I’m clueless. Besides, the underdog is usually who I like to cheer for because I don’t enjoy expected outcomes. I like some drama that involves 250-pound men and trophies. ….while dipping all-the-finger-foods in a bowl of Ranch.

This Ranch Dressing, friends? It involves just 6 ingredients, 4 of which are found in your spice rack. If I had to guess, I think you most likely have all the goodies on hand.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN RANCH DRESSING

  1. yogurt
  2. sour cream
  3. garlic powder
  4. onion powder
  5. dried dill weed
  6. dried chives
  7. salt and pepper

HOW TO MAKE RANCH DRESSING

  • Place yogurt and sour cream in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the seasonings to the mix and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Transfer to airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

The taste, though? Seriously, it’s bomb. Try it. It tastes waaay better than the store-bought stuff, and it is waaaaay better for ya.

One other thing. If you want to thicken it up a bit, add a little more sour cream. If you want to thin it out, add a teaspoon of water, one at a time until you’ve reached desired consistency.

MORE HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSINGS

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What ranch dressing do restaurants use?

The question we’ve all asked ourselves is: How come restaurant ranch is so much better than most of the bottled stuff? The secret: Hidden Valley Restaurant Style Ranch packets.

I know that because I’ve scoured the internet, trying to find out why I couldn’t recreate my beloved restaurant ranch at home. And I’ve seen lots of employees dishing the dirt by telling that forum (or the world, really) that their favorite stuff starts from a mix.

Imagine my shock when I learned that I did not have to Sous Vide anything, order milk that was milked from special cows in the Alps and/or make homemade aioli with eggs that were lay while the chicken were serenaded by monks.

A handful of simple ingredients and the ranch mix are all that is needed to recreate that delicious ranch that you pay the big bucks for when you go out to eat.


Organic, Real Food on a Budget – Homemade Ranch Dressing

This spring, I received numerous emails asking, “How do you make organic food affordable?”. Many readers want to make changes, but need some help obtaining organic, real food, without breaking the bank.

I’ve spent the last several years finding ways to cut costs and make organic food more affordable for my family and I want to share my ideas with you. All my posts this summer will be devoted to “Organic, Real Food – On a Budget”. I’ll share recipes, tips, tricks, and everything I know to reduce costs without compromising.

My first tip is to stop buying so many packaged foods and start buying whole foods instead. Packaging costs money. Why pay for cardboard and plastic when you could use that money to buy food? Most American pantries and refrigerators overflow with pre-made packaged foods. Even if the packaged food is organic, you’re still paying more than if you made it yourself. Take salad dressing for an example. Honestly, we don’t need to buy bottles and bottles of salad dressing. Most bottled dressing at the store contains preservatives, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and oils that don’t nourish. Homemade salad dressing takes minutes to prepare and will keep in the fridge for a week or two. It costs less, and you get the added bonus of knowing all the ingredients.

My everyday dressing consists of lemon juice, a little olive oil, salt and pepper. I actually squeeze the juice, drizzle the oil, and season directly over the lettuce. No need for another bowl. I toss the greens at least 15-20 times, taste, and adjust according to my whim.

We also enjoy making Ranch dressing, especially since you can use it for salad, or as a dip for chicken fingers and vegetables (I even like it on my mashed potatoes occasionally). My version takes a few minutes to prepare, uses dried herbs to keep the cost down, and keeps in the fridge for about a week. Make it and you’re well on your way to making Organic, Real Food – On a Budget!

Here are some other great homemade salad dressing recipes:

Hot Bacon Dressing from Organic Spark
Apricot Salad Dressing from Elena’s Pantry
Tahini Soy Dressing from Family Fresh Cooking
Kombucha Vinaigrette from Nourished Kitchen