Let’s be honest…
…ranch dressing is the new ketchup.
Ranch has become an iconic American food product. So many of us have been taken with the creamy, mild — and flat-out delicious — taste of the ranch dressing flavor.
Ranch goes with everything…and in our home it’s almost considered a staple.
But with many of the major brands producing ranch dressing containing ingredients such as:
- Soybean Oil
- Natural Flavors (Soy)
- Phosphoric Acid
- Xanthan Gum
- Modified Food Starch
- Monosodium Glutamate
- Artificial Flavors
- Disodium Phosphate
- Sorbic Acid and Calcium Disodium EDTA as Preservatives
- Disodium Inosinate
- Disodium Guanylate
I figured it’s just best I make my own!
So I do…
…and it’s pretty amazing!
Here’s the recipe.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 1 cup homemade mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 small clove garlic, crushed and finely chopped
- 1-2 tablespoons fresh onion, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- kefir to thin, optional
- Combine homemade mayonnaise (click this link to read my recipe for homemade mayonnaise), lemon juice, garlic, onion, parsley, and dill in a small jar or bowl.
- With a stick — or immersion — hand blender, blend for a few seconds until smooth. Adding kefir to thin if desired.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Store in the refrigerator and use within a few days.
As I’ve shared with you in the past, I keep my pantry and menu plan using the Pantry Principle. This means I mostly buy foods in bulk — including oils and spices — thereby saving a ton of money on products that are usually super expensive when purchased at the grocery in small quantities.
For example…I can purchase a half ounce of dried parsley leaf at the grocery for approximately $4. Or I can head over to Mountain Rose Herbs and get 4 oz. for $4 or a pound of the herb for $12.
Same can be said for the culinary oils.
Buying in bulk just makes financial sense.
Where Can I Get This Stuff?
–Mountain Rose Herbs…I purchase many of my organic culinary oils and spices — in bulk — from Mountain Rose Herbs. Click the link and head over to check out their selection.