Nothing beats homemade ranch dressing. It is so creamy and flavorful you will never want to buy bottled dressing again. The herbs and spices work together to create an amazing blend of flavors that will leave you wanting to eat more vegetables.
I’m a salad fanatic. Just ask my kids. They will tell you all about it… “Mom makes us eat salad, like, every day!” Well, it’s really not that bad when you can enjoy your salad with a delicious homemade ranch dressing. Anyway, they are eating their vegetables so I really can’t complain.
The thing I really love about salad is that you can add all your favorite ingredients to dress it up and give it flavor, spice, crunch or whatever you need in your diet. Salads are so healthy, too. I usually start with a bed of fresh chopped Roman lettuce and then add on from there. Baby spinach and spring mix are also some of my regular favorites.
I like to top my salad with avocado, a generous sprinkle of cheese, a few fancy Spanish green olives and, of course some of my homemade ranch dressing. Other special add ons that I like include are pepperoncini peppers, flax seeds, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and red cabbage.
Better than store bought
Taking the time to make homemade dressing is so much healthier than buying bottles of dressing in the store. The homemade version avoids the unhealthy preservatives as well as any msg that might have been sneakily added in, probably under a false name.
In many recipes that call for buttermilk you can substitute “sour milk” which is simply milk mixed with a little bit of vinegar or lemon juice. Which is what I have done here because I don’t end up using a whole container of buttermilk before it goes bad.
Making sour milk is a great trick to know if you are making buttermilk pancakes and don’t have any buttermilk around. Add 1 – 2 Tbs. vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk. As you mix in the acid, it will become a little bit thickened.
So if you want to use real buttermilk in this recipe then just reduce the white vinegar to 1 tsp and omit the milk. Instead add 1/4 -1/2 cup buttermilk, depending on how thick you want it.
You can use your delicious homemade ranch dressing right away but the garlic flavor will mellow a little bit after it is refrigerated overnight. Place in a sealed container and use within 2 weeks.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
To make this creamy super delicious homemade ranch dressing just whisk together mayonnaise and sour cream. Then add in the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, pepper, salt, dill paprika and cayenne. Incorporate 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk, depending on how thick you want your dressing to be. Finally, chop fresh chives and mix in.
Serve over your favorite salad or with fresh cut veggie sticks.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 1 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Sour cream
- 1 Clove Garlic finely minced or grated
- 1 Tb. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tb. White vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. Salt.
- 1 Tb. Dill weed dried
- 1/4 tsp Paprika
- 1/8 tsp Cayenne papper
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup Milk
- 1 Tb. Chives optional
- Whisk together mayonnaise and sour cream.
- Add the garlic, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, pepper, salt, dill paprika and cayenne.
- Incorporate 1/4 to 1/2 cup of milk, depending on how thick you want your dressing to be.
- Finally, chop the chives and mix into the dressing.
- Place in a sealed container. Refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.
You might also want to try my baked sweet potato fries!