Completely Homemade Ranch Dressing

>> Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ever since my first ranch dressing post, I've been on the hunt for a truly homemade version that tastes just as good as using the ranch seasoning packets. I love the ease of just using a Hidden Valley packet, but I wanted to be able to really control all the ingredients. Plus, those packets cost about $1 a piece, which is just astronomical.

When I got my newest cookbook a couple of days ago, I eagerly flipped through the pages to see if they had a ranch dressing recipe. And they did! I tried it yesterday, and it is vastly better than anything else I've tried. I loved it! The only thing I changed was that I didn't have the lemon juice the recipe calls for, so I decided to see if vinegar would be a good substitute. It worked great! I'm anxious to try it with lemon juice next time and see which way works better.

Another word about the recipe. It calls for shallot, and I highly recommend that's what you use. Shallots have a much more subtle flavor than regular onion or red onion have. You don't want the onion to scream, "HELLO!!! THERE'S ONION IN THIS DRESSING!!!" If you do need to substitute, use red onion, and make sure you dice it very finely. This recipe also calls for 1 tablespoon cilantro or dill. I love both of those flavors, so I decided to use both. I used about 1/2 a tablespoon of each.

Oh, and fresh herbs are a must for this one!

If you want to make it thicker to use as a dip instead of a dressing, just use less buttermilk.

1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup mayonnaise
6 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro and/or dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
pinch of sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Can be refrigerated up to 4 days.

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Anonymous,  October 21, 2009 at 7:24 PM  

You sure like to copy the OBB girls, don't you?

Carly,  October 21, 2009 at 8:02 PM  

Holy crap girl you copy OBB's recipes and writing style VERBATIM!

I mean sure, they don't have the ONLY buttermilk ranch dressing recipe out there and it's obviously been done a million times but give them some credit. I'm sure you read their blog and you clearly glean ideas from them so just give them a shout out and stop trying to pass it off as your own!

But seriously, if you ARE going to copy them, at least try writing differently then they do.

Hillary October 21, 2009 at 8:14 PM  

Wow, I actually have no idea what you're talking about. I don't ever check their site and have no reason to copy anyone. I have my own recipes and my own ideas. I just posted a recipe I found and liked. They're not the only ones with this cookbook...

I always give credit where credit is due. I would never steal someone's recipe.

Jessica,  October 21, 2009 at 8:43 PM  

You steal everything! Seriously, it's amazing how unoriginal you are. Every week you post the exact same thing they just did the week before. Seriously, get your own stuff.

Hillary October 21, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

I'm sorry you feel that way. If we're so unoriginal, you're welcome to stop reading our blog at any time. :)

Christena October 22, 2009 at 6:48 AM  

Hillary, I think you do an excellent job!!! I like to read your blog for ideas for dinner. It's the only recipe blog I read!! Anyway, I'm sorry about the copying comments. Apparently people just don't know you that well to give you the credit that you deserve. Great job to you (and April too)!!!!!

Danielle October 22, 2009 at 8:01 AM  

WOW I never realized there'd be such drama over recipe blogs. LOL! Hillary even posted her source (the COOKBOOK) so why are you jumping all over her for copying? She admitted where she got it from and it wasn't OBB. The only similarity I see is the vinegar and the only reason she used it was because she didn't have any lemon juice. But even I know that vinegar is popular in ranch dressing, I would have used the same substitution. And I didn't have to look at OBB to know that, either.

I frequent both blogs and the writing styles are completely dissimilar.

Can't you just love them both?? I don't understand...?

Hillary - Keep it up!

Carly,  October 22, 2009 at 8:34 AM  

I'm sorry Hillary. Please delete my comment. It was rude.

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