Homemade Ranch Dressing

When I was young (I’m talking 10 years old, maybe younger) we always made our own Ranch Dressing. The recipe was from Kate (a friend of my mom’s). I was really into Ranch Dressing. I mean REALLY into Ranch Dressing.

I put Ranch Dressing on my corn on the cob (sorry Jane!)  I put ranch dressing on my pork chops (now that I think about it, I put it on all my meat.) I put Ranch dressing on all my vegetables. Ranch Dressing was also a dip for potato chips, carrot sticks, pretzels. You get the point. I was REALLY into Ranch Dressing.

We can’t seem to find the originally recipe. I don’t remember much about the actually ingredients even though I was usually the one mixing it up. The one thing I remember is it was made with buttermilk.  On a side note, another thing I remember about butter milk is that my Gramps used to drink it – yup, straight out of the carton. I used to think that was gross, now I don’t. He also used to drink the pickle juice out of the jar after the last pickle was eaten. nothing was ever wasted.

Since I don’t buy any salad dressing anymore I have been experimenting with different things. Last November I posted a recipe for Cilantro Vinaigrette salad dressing.  It is very similar to one that I make a lot of the time with cilantro, mustard, olive oil and lemon juice (or white wine vinegar.) (I don’t know why, but “vinaigrette” is a hard word for me to spell correctly all the time!)

Now that I am making my own mustard, that is one less ingredient to buy.

Back to the Ranch Dressing… Long ago I got over the young crush I had on Ranch Dressing. We are still friends and we have even started hanging together a bit again. I have started making Ranch Dressing using herbs in my  garden and my cupboard.  NO, I am not slathering it on my corn on the cob or my pork chops, but I am glad that I have a way to make it myself for those times I do want to use it, say on a salad or a dip for carrots from time to time.

Making Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • Equal parts Mayonnaise and Sour Cream
  • Thyme
  • Dill
  • Flat leaf (Italian)Parsley – finely chopped
  • Chives minced (or onion)
  • Fresh grated Garlic or Garlic powder

Mix together and set aside for 30 minutes to allow the flavors to blend together.  Do a taste test and see if you need to adjust any of the flavors to your liking.

You can also substitute yogurt for the mayonnaise or the sour cream. I don’t always have mayo or sour cream on hand, so I use yogurt a lot of the time. You can even use milk or buttermilk to thin the recipe out if you want a runnier consistency.

If you like a more spicy dip, just add a few chopped peppers or dried pepper flakes. If it needs a little more tartness, add a small dash of white wine vinegar. There really are no rules.

Sincerely, Emily

P.S. I went out to get fresh dill and flat leaf parsley – but I was quickly reminded (when I saw the plants) that the deer had so happily munched my dill and parsley to the ground and the plants are still recovering. Oh well, I had dried dill and parsley in the cupboard.

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8 Responses to Homemade Ranch Dressing

  1. Jane says:

    Looks really good. I do love Ranch dressing but dont make it. Hum, maybe I should change that. Thanks for the recipe. And corn??

    • yes corn! I told you I put it on everything. I thought you would get a kick out of that! It seems lately I have a bottomless bowl of Ranch in the fridge these days. I just keep adding more yogurt and more herbs to it and my husband and our friend that is staying with us will eat carrot sticks w/ranch while I re-heat dinner for them. It is so easy to make.

  2. Victoria says:

    What a great idea, I bet this is delightful over crisp bib lettuce.

    And bonus – it doesn’t have any partially hydrogenated soy bean oil 🙂

    • Hi Victoria. Thanks for stopping by. I am still waiting for my garden lettuce to mature. We have been eating the ranch dip/dressing a lot with carrot sticks lately and I have been making it with homemade yogurt, no mayo too so it is all local! I will have to remember that for a Dark Days Challenge post!

  3. zonnah says:

    Homemade ranch is absolutely better than store bought!

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