Sunday, July 8, 2012

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Lets face  it - nothing is better than homemade Ranch Dressing - from scratch!
You just can't get that taste from a bottle.

I'll give you the basics, and you can make it how you like it.

The base:
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Plain yogurt, Greek or traditional
  • Miracle Whip
  • Buttermilk
  • Milk
Start out with a bowl or jar and add in your base.

If you like it tangy, use more mayo, some sour cream and buttermilk.
If you like it sweet, you could try Miracle Whip and sour cream with a little milk.
If you like it cool and creamy, you might like mayo, yogurt and milk.
If you like it thick, you can omit any liquid and stick with the sour cream and mayo.
If you like it thin, you could try a small amount of mayo, sour cream and more milk or buttermilk.

Play around with any combo you like until the base is they right consistency and flavor.

You can also use fat free, light or 'full flavor' of any of the above ingredients.

My usual go to is about 2/3 light sour cream, about a tablespoon mayo and either non-fat buttermilk or non-fat milk.

You will want to shake or mix this really well with a whisk to make sure it is blended well and there are no lumps.

Now for the flavor!

There are endless combinations of ingredients you can add to your dressing.
  • Lemon juice/zest
  • Vinegar
  • Parsley
  • Celery leaves
  • Dill
  • Cilantro
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Green onion
  • Garlic
  • Tabasco
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sugar
I usually like mine with chopped fresh herbs - usually green onion, parsley & celery leaves, and a tiny bit of dill. About 2 tablespoons total.

I also will add 1-2 cloves of garlic, pressed thru the garlic press, a few dashes of Tabasco and ground pepper.

Sometimes, for a tangy kick, I'll squeeze in a tiny bit of lemon juice.

Mix / shake well.

Its best if you can let it sit in the fridge for a few hours or a day before you use it so all the flavors will blend.

Depending on what it is being eaten with, you can add in additional ingredients:
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Green chilies
  • Pesto
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Bacon
The possibilities are endless!

You can use dried herbs if that is what you have, but you will definitely have to let it sit for 1 hour minimum to let them reconstitute.

Serve with salad, veggies for dipping, in a baked potato, with your (homemade!) chicken strips... whatever you like to eat with ranch dressing.

I promise you, once you see how delicious and easy it is to make your own from scratch, you will never want to buy bottled ranch dressing again!

This will keep in the fridge for about a week.

Your welcome!