Thursday, October 14, 2010

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Since I still had half a container of buttermilk in my fridge from this recipe, The Hubs suggested that I try to make a buttermilk ranch dressing. Given that he was born and raised in Texas, buttermilk ranch would practically be a daily staple if I did not insist on keeping that stuff out of our home for health reasons.

But in the name of not wasting food, I made my first homemade buttermilk ranch dressing... that was shockingly simple!

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk (I've also seen some recipes use sour cream)
1/2 teaspoon dried chives *
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder **
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8-1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional) ***

1. Combine all the ingredients and whisk until smooth.

2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

3. Toss with salad and grate in parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

* We did not have any dried chives, but our fall garden is still keeping us supplied with fresh chives so I finely chopped several pieces and threw them in the mix.

** Since I was distracted, I thought that the recipe called for 1/2 teaspoons of garlic powder, but it tasted great!

*** Of note, after mixing all of the ingredients, I actually added some sugar because the buttermilk was pretty sour. I added granulated sugar in 1/8 teaspoon increments to my liking. You can omit or include based on your preference.

Bon appetit!

ps: We had the dressing again the next day and it was even more fantastic. I think all the ingredients had a flavor party overnight, so this might be one of those things you whip up the night before you decide to serve it.


  1. yumm was this from Cook Yourself Thin?

  2. Nope. This is from the internet. Hahah! Try it. It's gooddd.