Ranch Dressing Recipe

Salad dressing with cream and herbs
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  • Prep Time
    5 min
  • Cook Time
    0 min
  • Total Time
    5 min
  • Yield
    2-1/2 - 4-1/2 cups

Try this cheap and easy recipe for ranch dressing, and you'll wonder why you ever bought the bottled kind. It requires basic ingredients that you probably always have on hand, so it's easy to make it whenever a ranch craving hits.

Ingredients

Preparation

1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. An immersion blender is really handy for blending the ingredients together, if you have one.

2. Pour the finished dressing into a jar or container, and refrigerate before serving. This will give all the different flavors time to meld together.

Make It Your Own: There's plenty of room to experiment with this recipe. Use different seasonings, or change the seasoning amounts until you have a dressing that reflects your personal tastes.

If you prefer buttermilk dressing, just replace the milk called for with an equal amount of buttermilk. I keep powdered buttermilk on hand, so I always have the makings for buttermilk dressing (or buttermilk pancakes). Most grocery stores stock it along side the regular powdered milk. Saco is the most common brand.

If you're watching your sodium or fat intake, this recipe is also really easy to adapt to your dietary needs. Make it your own, and it's sure to become a family favorite.

Use Home-Grown Herbs

Plant parsley and dill in your garden. Then, dry both, so you can use them in your ranch dressing. Home-dried herbs are fresher and more flavorful than anything that you can buy at the grocery store -- not to mention loads cheaper. If you've never dried herbs before, it's really easy. You can do it in a food dehydrator or a low-temp oven, if you'd like. But, if you don't mind waiting a week or two for your herbs, just hang them upside down in small bunches in a warm, dry spot, and they'll do all the work for you.

Store your dried herbs in an air-tight container in your pantry.

-Submitted by ChopinLover

More Condiment Recipes:

As you use up the condiments in your fridge, challenge yourself to replace them with a homemade version. Most condiment recipes take less than five minutes to make, and when you make them yourself, you get to control what goes into them.

That means no preservatives or mystery ingredients that you can't pronounce. Just real ingredients and real flavor. Here are a couple recipes to try: