Homemade Ranch Dressing with Buttermilk
Ranch dressing is made with mayonnaise, buttermilk, garlic, onion, herbs (usually parsley, dill, and chives), salt and spices (usually ground mustard seed, black pepper, and paprika). Sour cream is featured in some homemade ranch dressing recipes, and some recipes call for yogurt instead of mayonnaise to reduce the fat content. Ranch dressing is sometimes used as a dipping sauce.
Ranch dressing was first served in 1954 in a dude ranch called Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara, California, and this dressing was so popular that the owners Steve and Gayle Henson bottled it so guests could take it home. Later they opened a factory which made ranch dressing mixes. These mixes were to be mixed with buttermilk and mayonnaise. Actually you can still buy those, but this homemade ranch dressing recipe gives a fresher-tasting result.
Use ranch dressing as a dipping sauce for carrots and broccoli, as well as chicken wings, fries or chips. Fried zucchini, chicken fingers, hushpuppies, onion rings, jalapeno poppers, and fried mushrooms are also great with a homemade ranch dressing. The following recipe is easy to follow and the ingredients work in harmony to produce a fine-tasting ranch dressing recipe.
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
- ⅛ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them until well mixed.
- Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving so the flavors can meld.
Ranch dressing is endlessly versatile. Serve it with hot, juicy buffalo chicken, adding some celery and carrot sticks on the side, along with blue cheese, or enjoy it as a dip for potato chips or tortilla chips. Ranch dressing offers a cooling flavor, so many people like it with a spicy chili or stew recipe, or even served in a baked potato as a change from sour cream. Our recipe is simple to make because you just need to gather the ingredients and combine them. The finished dressing offers fresh, wonderful flavors and will keep for several days in the refrigerator.
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