Last week I shared my interview with Wake Robin Farm – a small farm that curates the CSA bag which I receive on a bi-weekly basis. I love receiving a portion of their seasonal bounty – it always inspires me to get cooking. Not too long ago I received some beautiful dill in my bag. I knew immediately that it was ranch makin’ time!
I don’t kid when I say – this is my favourite dressing, ever. As many great things, I stumbled upon the recipe in a moment of desperation. It was pizza night, and we were all out of ranch. I know. I know. Horrible.
I went to Google, found Ree Drummond’s Homemade Ranch recipe, and the rest is history. There is really nothing like homemade dressing, and it’s not even that hard to make! I usually don’t have fresh herbs in my house so I substitute dried herbs, and it’s still so good. I also rarely have the patience to make buttermilk, so I use regular milk or almond milk instead.
Ree Drummond’s Ranch Dressing – with my modifications (aka the cheater’s version)
1 clove of garlic, minced – I use the pre chopped stuff you can find at the grocery store.
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream – I think you could also try greek yogurt.
1/4 cup flat leaf Italian parsley, minced – I use a bunch of all-purpose seasoning.
2 Tbsp fresh chives (and/or dill), minced – Usually I would use dried herbs but not when fresh dill is around!
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp white vinegar – I have also used white wine vinegar.
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper – I like to use sriricha sauce instead.
Dash hot sauce – Ditto above.
1/4 – 1/2 cup buttermilk (to desired consistency) – Again, I use regular or almond milk and it work’s just fine.
My favourite way to prepare and store my ranch dressing is in a mason jar.
- Simply toss everything in
- Pop a lid on it
- Shake, shake, shake!
- Add more milk if you want to thin it down/make it go further
- Keep in the fridge – it tastes amazing after it has sit for a few hours
Enjoy on pizza, salad, breakfast burritos…the possibilities are endless!