Monday, February 24, 2014

Homemade Ranch Dressing, no packet needed!

Homemade ranch dressing

I’ll be the first to admit, when it came to ranch dressings I thought there was nothing better than the Hidden Valley Ranch packet and adding some milk and mayo. I know some of you are probably cringing, and thinking about all the bad things that are probably in those packets. And trust me, I am too. I knew the packet dressing wasn’t good for me. But the flavor of that ranch dressing just never compared to any other store bought dressings. Or at least to me it didn’t. So I never tried to make any other version of ranch dressing at home, and after buying bottles and bottles of store bought ranch dressings and not finding one that tasted good enough I pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I was just going to have to go ranch-less, because I had already decided that I wasn’t going to be using the processed packet kind anymore.

Sunday morning around 3 AM, I was fighting another bought of pregnancy induced insomnia, and I was up watching the Food Network. Some show with Guy Fieri was on, and he made a salad with homemade ranch. Which, if you’ve seen some of the shows Guy Fieri does, a salad and dressing is pretty much the last thing I would expect him to be making.  But he quickly threw together a homemade ranch, and I knew I could make my own right here at home, without any packet or crazy ingredients.

This ranch dressing is simple to throw together, and takes only a couple of minutes, using ingredients you most likely have on hand. I start with the lower amount in the ingredients and add more if more flavor is needed.

Homemade Ranch Dressing
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayo (you can make your own or use a store bought mayo)
1/2 cup sour cream (you can use greek yogurt if you prefer)
1-2 tablespoons of vinegar
1-2 cloves of smashed garlic (or 1-2 teaspoons of garlic powder)
2 teaspoons of dried parsley
2 teaspoons of dried chives
1/4 teaspoon of dried dill
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk everything together and pour into a jar to store in the refrigerator. No more packets, no more overly processed ranch. And you've got dressing that's been kid tested (if you count my two kiddos eating and loving it) and mom approved.