Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ranch Dressing

Honestly, I don't really like salads. When I do have one though, I much prefer a cream dressing to an oil one. I know... not the healthier option, but that is just my preference. Ranch dressing is one of my family's favorites. We always bought it or made it from the packet though. I've never had homemade ranch until now.

It was simple to put together and easy to tailor to your own tastes. You could add extra spice with cayenne pepper or hot sauce. You could make it extra herby by adding more of your favorites. Or you could make it very plain. You also add buttermilk to meet your own desired consistency, which gives you the option of making it thicker for a veggie dip. It is a great option for all you ranch lovers out there!

Ranch Dressing
adapted from Pioneer Woman
Print Recipe

1 clove (to 2 cloves) garlic
salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 Tb fresh chives
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
buttermilk, as needed to desired consistency

optional add ins: vinegar, hot sauce, dill, paprika, oregano, etc.

Mince the garlic with a knife and then sprinkle about an 1/8 to ¼ teaspoons of salt on it and mash it into a paste with a fork. Chop the parsley, chives and any of the optional herbs very finely and add to the garlic.
In a bowl combine all ingredients, adding other optional ingredients as you wish, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed. Chill for a couple of hours before serving, thin with milk or buttermilk if desired.

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