For all you Salad Dressing Snobs! – Homemade Herbed Ranch Dressing
I’m a salad dressing snob. I don’t know when I became this way, but over the years bottled dressings just seem to camp out in my fridge after only being used once. They end up expiring and being thrown away. It happens every time. It’s a shame because I really hate waste.
I guess what it comes down to is that I just like the way homemade dressings taste better. I’m always throwing together vinaigrettes in a jar, I’ve found that this is my favorite (and easiest) way to make them. Lately though, I’ve been seeing awesome looking homemade Ranch dressings here and here…and of course I have started to have Ranch dressing cravings. I never have thought to make my own, wouldn’t even know where to start, but after looking at how simple these recipes were I just had to try it for myself. I am so happy I did.
I’m not a huge mayo fan so I decided to use sour cream as the base instead. I did add a little mayo to make it just a bit creamier. The fresh herbs are what really makes the dressing, so don’t skimp on them.
Go ahead…make your own. You won’t be disappointed. Enjoy your salad!
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 cup low fat buttermilk
2 TB of mayo
juice of 1 lemon
3 – 4 TB chopped fresh herbs (Italian parsley, cilantro, chives, basil – use all or 1)
2 TB chopped scallions
good pinch or two of salt
fresh ground pepper
dash of cayenne or chili powder
Whirl ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth.
Good foodie reading…and maybe I’ll finally learn how to make bread!
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