Skip the Bottle, Make Buttermilk Ranch Dressing


It is one of the most popular dressings.  Every restaurant has it on their menu.   It makes celery sticks palatable to picky eaters.  And for the adventurous eater, a fine topping on baked potatoes.  Friends, what I am talking about is buttermilk ranch dressing.  While this is available in grocery stores across the country, it is amazingly easy to make at home.  And if you haven’t been terribly keen on this dressing, perhaps it is artificial ingredients and shelf stabilizers that have tarnished your taste?  Set down that bottle and head into the kitchen to make it from a few simple ingredients.

homemade buttermilk ranch dressing

homemade buttermilk ranch dressing

 Butter Milk Ranch Dressing Recipe

  • 1 C. buttermilk
  • 1/3 C. sour cream
  • 1/3 C. mayonnaise
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. fresh chives, minced
  • 2 Tbs. fresh parsley, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne powder

NOTE: fresh herbs provide the best flavor, but in a pinch, you can use dried herbs.  If using dried herbs, use 1/3 the of quantity listed for fresh.

Whisk together buttermilk, sour cream and mayonnaise until well combined.  Add garlic and fresh herbs.  Stir again to thoroughly combine.  Season with salt and cayenne powder.  Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before using.  This dressing is thick and creamy.  If you prefer a thinner dressing, use a little less mayonnaise.

This fresh-tasting dressing is great for salads, but also makes an excellent partner to a basket of buffalo wings as well as a platter of fresh vegetables.  As mentioned earlier, it is also nice on baked potatoes or even stirred into mashed potatoes.  But it also dresses up a wedge of iceberg lettuce.

Let me say again… step away from condiment aisle and put down that bottle of dressing.  With a few simple ingredients, you can make your own buttermilk ranch dressing that beats the pants off of store-bought brands.


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