Homemade Ranch Dressing

 

History of Ranch Dressing

Homemade ranch dressing.

Exploration in the kitchen is fun, especially when it comes to customizing recipes to suite your tastes.  One of my favorites is the simple, but loveable ranch dressing.  Whether you drizzle it on a salad, dip veggies in it, add it to a burger, or use it as a cooling sauce for your hot wings, ranch dressing is an American staple.

Made with buttermilk, the dressing was developed by Steve Henson and his wife Gayle who served it to their guests in Santa Barbara, CA, at their dude ranch that they named, yes, you guessed it, Hidden Valley Ranch.  The Henson’s expanded to selling packets of seasoning, and then in 1972 opened a factory to mass produce it.

Shortly after that, Clorox bought the Hidden Valley Ranch brand for $8 million.

How much do we love ranch dressing today?  It is No. 1.  It’s shipments are double that of its closest competitor, blue cheese.

One of the initial reformulations Clorox made on the seasoning packet was to add buttermilk flavoring so that only milk was needed to make the dressing.

As a result, the packet and bottled dressing have lost their pizzazz.

 

Make Your Own Ranch Dressing

Ditch the packets. Nothing beats making this dressing from scratch.

Add a jug of buttermilk to your shopping list this week.

Time to make your own and make it your own!

In addition to buttermilk, this dressing needs mayo, sour cream, herbs, and garlic (my personal favorite!).  Experiment with the ratios, the herbs, and the garlic to make your own personal version.  Who knows, it might be worth millions one day!

Homemade Ranch Dressing
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Yield: 1 3/4 cups

2 Tablespoons

Calories per serving: 450.09 kcal

Fat per serving: 48.06 g

Saturated fat per serving: 11.47 g

Carbs per serving: 3.3 g

Protein per serving: 1.85 g

Fiber per serving: 0.24 g

Sugar per serving: 2.32 g

Sodium per serving: 343.65 mg

Cholesterol per serving: 45.63 mg

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This dressing is addictive and will forever break you of buying the packets of seasoning that you mix with milk - this is a good thing. Because nothing beats homemade ranch dressing from scratch!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • dash of cayenne
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  3. Add any additional herbs or spices to sway the taste to your liking.
  4. If the mixture is thick, add more buttermilk.
  5. Drizzle, dip, and pour to your heart's content.

Nutrition Facts

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Serves 2 Tablespoons

Amount Per Serving
Calories 450.09 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48.06 g 73.9%
Saturated Fat 11.47 g 57.4%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 45.63 mg 15.2%
Sodium 343.65 mg 14.3%
Total Carbohydrate 3.3 g 1.1%
Dietary Fiber 0.24 g 1%
Sugars 2.32 g
Protein 1.85 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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