Tasty Tuesday: Make-Your-Own Homemade Ranch Dressing

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At our house we go through a lot of Ranch dressing because we use it in and on just about everything. Ranch Dressing even finds its way onto a lot our pizzas! It also seems like we’re always running out of ranch dressing so it made sense to figure out how to make our own. What a successful experiment! I’m never going back to store-bought dressing now!

Homemade Ranch Dressings

Make Your Own Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • scant 1/4 t. sea salt (don’t overdo it on the salt)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 c. very  finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 c. very finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3/4 c. mayonaise
  • 1/4 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c. kefir (used to thin the dressing to the desired consistancy. You can use buttermilk, regular milk, or kefir to thin the dressing.)

Start by dicing the clove of fresh garlic as finely as you can and then mashing it with a fork. Or you can do what I did and use a handheld food processor to liquify that garlic into the sour cream and the salt. (And yes, I must admit that I actually used 2 cloves of fresh garlic because we love garlic and believe that there is no such thing as too much garlic. Two cloves, however, make the dressing very, very strong and garlicky. NOT for the faint of heart. Start with one and add a second if you’re really brave.)

Garlic cloves for Homemade Ranch DressingUse a handheld processor to puree the garlic for homemade ranch dressing.

Chop and add the chives and Italian parsley.

Chop fresh chives to add to homemade ranch dressingAdd chopped Italian parsley to homemade ranch dressing

Stir in the mayonnaise and the plain yogurt. Use kefir, buttermilk, or regular milk to thin the dressing to the consistency you want. I really recommend experimenting with this because different ingredients will give you distinctly different flavors.

Add mayo and yogurt to make homemade ranch dressing

Chill the dressing to let the flavors marry. Store in a container (I chose a quart canning jar) in the fridge for up to a week.

I was really surprised at how delicious and how easy this dressing was to make. I can’t wait for summer when other fresh herbs will be readily available. I plan to try this recipe with some fresh oregano, rosemary, and basil.

A dollop of homemade Ranch dressing on a tomato slice

And just in case you’re not convinced that this little experiment is worth it, the other day I happened to check the ingredient list on our last store-bought bottle of Ranch Dressing and that confirmed for me that I really do want to stick to this simple, easy, basic recipe. In the middle of several unrecognizable ingredient names, my old enemy Monosodium Glutamate was lurking in this bottle of Ranch dressing! And don’t even get me started on all the artificial colorings and flavorings!

Ingredients of Ranch dressing in a bottle

I think I’ll stick to the few basic ingredients in this recipe when I need some ranch dressing.

Dip celery in homemade ranch dressing

Keep in mind that this week Stick Boy Bread Company has all kinds of great tasty treats to celebrate Mother’s Day. Treat your favorite mom to something special! (And I’m a firm believer in   BEING the favorite mom who needs a treat!)

Barb

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