Make Your Own Homemade Ranch Dressing

We go through a lot of Ranch dressing around here because we use it in and on everything. It even finds its way onto a lot our pizzas! It seems like we’re always running out of ranch dressing so it only made sense to figure out how to make our own. What a great experiment! There’s no going back to store-bought dressing now!

Homemade Ranch Dressings

Make Your Own Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • scant 1/4 t. sea salt (don’t overdo it on the salt)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 c. very  finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 c. very finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3/4 c. mayonaise
  • 1/4 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c. kefir (used to thin the dressing to the desired consistancy. You can use buttermilk, regular milk, or kefir to thin the dressing.)

Start by dicing the clove of fresh garlic as finely as you can and then mashing it with a fork. Or you can do what I did and use a handheld food processor to liquify that garlic into the sour cream and the salt. (And yes, I must admit that I actually used 2 cloves of fresh garlic because we love garlic and believe that there is no such thing as too much garlic. Two cloves, however, make the dressing very, very strong and garlicky. NOT for the faint of heart. Start with one and add a second if you’re really brave.)

Garlic cloves for Homemade Ranch DressingUse a handheld processor to puree the garlic for homemade ranch dressing.

Chop and add the chives and Italian parsley.

Chop fresh chives to add to homemade ranch dressingAdd chopped Italian parsley to homemade ranch dressing

Stir in the mayonnaise and the plain yogurt. Use kefir, buttermilk, or regular milk to thin the dressing to the consistency you want. I really recommend experimenting with this because different ingredients will give you distinctly different flavors.

Add mayo and yogurt to make homemade ranch dressing

Chill the dressing to let the flavors marry. Store in a container (I chose a quart canning jar) in the fridge for up to a week.

I was really surprised at how delicious and how easy this homemade ranch dressing was to make. I can’t wait for summer when other fresh herbs will be readily available. I plan to try this recipe with some fresh oregano, rosemary, and basil.

A dollop of homemade Ranch dressing on a tomato slice

The other day I happened to check the ingredient list on our last store-bought bottle of Ranch Dressing and that confirmed for me that I really do want to stick to this simple, easy, basic recipe. In the midst of several unrecognizable ingredient names, my old enemy Monosodium Glutamate is lurking in this bottle of Ranch dressing!

Ingredients of Ranch dressing in a bottle

I think I’ll stick to the few basic ingredients in this recipe when I need some ranch dressing.

Dip celery in homemade ranch dressing

Barb

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Make Your Own Homemade Ranch Dressing

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 1/2 to 3 c. dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • scant 1/4 t. sea salt (don't overdo it on the salt)
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 c. very finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 c. very finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 3/4 c. mayonaise
  • 1/4 c. plain yogurt
  • 1/4 c. kefir (used to thin the dressing to the desired consistancy. You can use buttermilk, regular milk, or kefir to thin the dressing.)

Instructions

Start by dicing the clove of fresh garlic as finely as you can and then mashing it with a fork. Or you can do what I did and use a handheld food processor to liquify that garlic into the sour cream and the salt. (And yes, I must admit that I actually used 2 cloves of fresh garlic because we love garlic and believe that there is no such thing as too much garlic. Two cloves, however, make the dressing very, very strong and garlicky. NOT for the faint of heart. Start with one and add a second if you're really brave.)

Chop and add the chives and Italian parsley.

Stir in the mayonnaise and the plain yogurt. Use kefir, buttermilk, or regular milk to thin the dressing to the consistency you want. I really recommend experimenting with this because different ingredients will give you distinctly different flavors.

I was really surprised at how delicious and how easy this dressing was to make. I can't wait for summer when other fresh herbs will be readily available. I plan to try this recipe with some fresh oregano, rosemary, and basil.

http://www.mysisterskitchenonline.com/2012/05/08/make-your-own-homemade-ranch-dressing/


5 thoughts on “Make Your Own Homemade Ranch Dressing

  1. Love the recipe! Do you have any idea how long the dressing will last in the fridge? (shelf life)

    • Michelle, I’m assuming it will last about a week in the fridge. That’s how long any individual ingredient can be counted on to last. It’s possible that it could last longer, but I don’t know. I’m also going to try freezing it to see how that works. It might not freeze well but I have to at least try!
      Barb

  2. This is awesome. I don’t eat much ranch dressing anymore, but I do love it. I bet your recipe tastes a lot better than store-bought anyway.

    • Hi Cindy, someday I probably need to write a whole post on kefir. It’s similar to yogurt in that it’s a SCOBY (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) and is a centuries-old way to preserve milk without refrigeration. I have kefir grains (a colony looks like a clump of tapioca. I call it my kefir baby) that I put into a jar of milk. The jar stays on the counter for a day or two. The kefir grains do their work and pretty soon the milk is the texture of runny yogurt. It has a yogurt-y flavor and about 10x the amount of good probiotics that your average yogurt has. It’s extremely healthy and soooooo easy to make. My husband uses it every day in his smoothies.
      barb

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