Homemade Ranch Dressing
is easy to make as a salad dressing or a veggie dip any time of year.
Ranch is one of the most popular varieties of dips set out among the appetizers at every party and it goes with every raw vegetable you can think of.
I always remember my mom making many different homemade dressings for coleslaw, macaroni and pasta salads (they are different in their own way); tossed green salads and vegetables.
As a result I’ve always made my own dressings and have passed that on to my daughters as well. Homemade always tastes so good and the ingredients are all natural and fresh, no preservatives or additives. Using a food processor is a time saver for making dressings any time.
In 1954 the Hidden Valley Ranch owners were the creators of the now popular Ranch dressing and it went commercial many years later when guests loved the dressing so much the owners of HV Ranch were encouraged to package it for the masses.
I happened to be in Target and was checking the ingredients on the HV package & took this picture with my phone. The MSG ingredient is the one ingredient that I avoid on packaged foods. So making homemade ranch dressing is the way to go.
- 1 cup mayonaise (or use ½ mayo and ½ sour cream)
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 TBLS. chopped fresh parsley
- 2 TBLS. chopped fresh dill
- 1 TBLS. finely chopped chives
- ½ TBLS garlic finely chopped OR
- ⅛ tsp. garlic powder
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- kosher salt to taste
- In a small bowl mix together mayo and buttermilk and set aside.
- Place the fresh herbs and garlic in a food processor to finely chop them.
- Add the chopped herbs to the mayo mixture and stir well with a whisk.
- Add seasonings to taste.
This Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe is a dressing that would be great drizzled over a tossed salad. The consistency is thinner than a dip although it was just right for the veggies I served and the calorie intake is lower — a good day for dipping veggies!
For a dip recipe that would be a little thicker just add plain Greek yogurt or sour cream in place of the buttermilk. You can use a blend of the yogurt and sour cream based on your desired consistency and flavor profile. Add seasonings to taste and fresh vegetables for dipping.
The bonus to making homemade dressings and dips is that you can use any seasonings you want. Make it to honor your family’s heritage and make it your own!