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How to Make Ranch Salad Dressing

Whether you serve the following ranch salad dressing recipe as a dressing or as a dip, it will bring your crudités, salad vegetables, or other food to life. You can throw in some sugar or Splenda (or similar sugar substitute) if the result is not sweet enough for your palate, although that is not listed in the ingredients list because not everyone likes to sweeten their salad dressings. You might also like to add a pinch of salt to complement the herbs and spices.

Knowing how to make ranch salad dressing means you can prepare this flavorful recipe in next to no time and impress your dinner guests with your culinary expertise. No bottle ranch dressing could possibly compare with the fresh and enticing aroma and flavor of this homemade one.

Try this with spicy buffalo chicken wings, carrot and celery crudités and some chunks of blue cheese, for a classic appetizer everyone loves. Another idea is to drizzle the dressing over mixed leaves or enjoy it with spinach, strawberries, goat’s cheese and walnuts, for a simple yet perfectly balanced, highly flavorful salad. However you choose to serve your homemade ranch dressing, you are sure to be impressed with it. Add extra buttermilk if you want a thinner consistency, or regular milk if you do not want to add any more tang.

Authentic Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe
Summary: Homemade ranch dressing tastes fresh and delicious. Some of the ingredients in this recipe include buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon, shallot, red wine vinegar, and chives.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 12
Prep time: 
Total time: 
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoons minced shallot
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon-style prepared mustard
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  1. Whisk everything together.
  2. Refrigerate the ranch dressing for an hour in the refrigerator, so the flavors can develop.

Photo Description:

Dollops of ranch dressing added to seafood and mixed baby leaves, like shown in the picture, makes a tasty appetizer, or you might prefer to serve your ranch dressing over another kind of salad or as a dip for vegetable crudités. This is a creamy dressing recipe, thanks to the sour cream, mayonnaise and buttermilk, and you will find the lemon, garlic, shallots and other ingredients add all that wonderful ranch flavor you already know and love. Whisk all the ingredients together to make this, and then let it sit for a while so the flavors can mellow and mingle.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hello and welcome to Amazing Salad Recipes. My name is Christine and I'm delighted you are visiting. I started this blog because salad is such an important dish. It can be a side dish or a whole meal, and there are so many type I love to prepare and serve to my family, helping them get all their nutrients as well as having something they can really enjoy.

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