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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Updated February 23, 2016

Texas cowboys and cowgirls dip their egg sandwiches in this stuff for breakfast, they dunk their fried onion rings in it at lunch, and they cover their broccoli with it at dinner. It’s the ultimate dipping sauce for cold pizza, the perfect accompaniment to crudités, and—oh, yeah—it’s also a salad dressing. Once you learn how to make your own ranch dressing, you’ll save yourself a fortune on the stuff. And it’s really easy. You can even use yogurt instead of sour cream to make a low-fat version. Add some minced herbs from your garden if you like. Chives are another great addition.

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Cocktail Party, Family Get-together

Dietary Considerationvegetarian

Taste and Texturecreamy, herby

Type of Dishdip/spread

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream (or substitute plain yogurt)
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk in a mixing bowl and stir until smooth. Add the bell pepper, onion, cilantro, garlic, pepper, and salt and mix well.

  2. The dressing will keep for a week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

  3. VARIATIONS:

  4. Ancho Ranch Dressing: Add 3 tablespoons Ancho Powder to the ranch dressing and stir well.

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