Friday, January 28, 2011

The Over-Use Of: Ranch Dressing

Do you have ranch dressing fanatics in your house too?

The abundant amount of ranch dressing that goes through my house is unreal. I am going to invest tons of money in Hidden Valley.

I am taking a stand: I am going to find a way to make my own. Hidden Valley is breaking the bank.

I love the smell and flavor of fresh chives.

I have a pot of fresh chives on my back deck that I use from every summer. Maybe I shouldn't announce that? I will have chive stealer's sneaking around my house at night. Just make sure you don't take them all....

My most favorite way to eat chives is on a baked potato with mounds of sour cream.

How do you use ranch dressing?

In my house, it is used for: salads, dipping veggies, pasta salad, wings, dipping pizza and pizza crust, cereal (Did I just say cereal? It might as well be, it is used for everything else), bread sticks, sandwiches, roasted potatoes, dipping meats, egg salad, mashed potatoes, the list is endless....

At every meal there is always one person that yells, "Grab the ranch dressing!"

This is what I have created:

Ranch Dressing

1 1/2 c. mayonnaise (I used mayo with olive oil)
1 1/2 c. sour cream
2 TBS olive oil
2 TBS lemon juice
1/2 - 3/4 c. buttermilk
A bunch of chives, chopped (I used the small fresh herb package from the grocery)
A small bunch of parsley (that is found with the fresh herbs too)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
3/4 tsp. paprika
Ground black peppercorns, lots

Combine all ingredients in a blender, adding the buttermilk first. Blend for 30 seconds, or until you think everything is blended together. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Good Luck~Happy Eating~Enjoy

"Even a man who has many companions can be destroyed. But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24


  1. LOL I thought that it was only my house that I make Hidden Valley ranch about twice a week... that and ketchup.. geesh.. I am so gonna try this...thanks for sharing... so how did the family like it?

  2. My daughter liked it, but she said it was really heavy with garlic flavor. Me, I love garlic, so I loved it just the way it is. If you are not a fan of garlic then you should cut the garlic amount back a little.
    Yeah, I have family members that keel-over when there is no ranch or ketchup.

  3. I am a RANCH lover - love it on many different things. I'm sure it's much better for you to make yourself - thanks for sharing your creativity!

  4. Very cool that you are making your own. I buy the Hidden Valley Ranch Packets and mix it with sour cream.We have tried to tone down the ranch in my house. It was getting out of control.



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