I don’t know about all of you, but after parties and vacations and weekends full of treats I’m always craving a big salad, so I thought this would be a great thing to post today. Ranch dressing is a magical thing. It’s served in the fanciest of restaurants and also along side dino nuggets at lunch hour. My toddler will literally eat anything if he has ranch to dip it in. And I’ll be honest; I will too. I grew up in a house where there was a pitcher (literally that pitcher, only the 1982 version, so totally not as cool) that was constantly filled. It sat on pretty much every table of every meal we ate. It was always the Hidden Valley seasoning packs that I still love today. I’ve been trying to perfect ranch dressing for years and I finally figured out the one teeny tiny thing mine was missing. Vinegar. The smallest amount of vinegar gave it the perfect tang I was looking for- who knew? Obviously a lot of people knew, but no one ever told me. Jerks! I’m now happy to report that I’ve settled in on my Buttermilk Ranch recipe and I love it. You can certainly play around with the seasonings and make it to suit you and your family. I purposely used all dried herbs and spices for convenience purposes, but see my note below about substituting fresh. Now what are you waiting for? Go bake up some dino nuggets!

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Recipe by Our Best Bites

*note that all spices/herbs listed below are dried. If substituting fresh, use the rules 1 part dry = 3 parts fresh.

1C mayo
2/3 C buttermilk
1/4 t white vinegar
1 t parsley
1/8 t dill
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t onion powder
1 1/2 t dried chives
1/8 t black pepper
1/4 t seasoned salt
1/8 t dry mustard

Combine mayo and buttermilk

And whisk together until it’s lump-free. Add in vinegar and all spices.

Stir, stir, stir…

For best results, make ahead of time and store in the fridge so the dry herbs have time to let all their yummy flavors out. And speaking of official ranch dressing containers- this is the one that I love. It’s been constantly filled in my fridge since I was in college. Tupperware lasts forever!

The only thing that would make a salad with homemade ranch even better is homemade croutons!

Things you should most definitely dip in Ranch Dressing:

Stuffed Chicken-Bacon Pizza Rolls
Oven Baked Steak Fries
Diner Style French Fries
Breadsticks (c’mon I know you all do it…)
Or use it in this creamy lime-cilantro salad dressing and dip taquitos!

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