Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Deep South Eats: Homemade Ranch Dressing & How-To Make Your Own Buttermilk

After my homemade Chipotle Ranch, I have fully grasped making the majority of my salad dressings. There are just so many better options and flavors to crafting dressing yourself rather than buying it at the store. I just love the taste of super fresh ingredients and the overall crispness. This Ranch Dressing is no exception.

It is excellent over a super crisp salad with lots of fresh summer vegetables or great for dipping chicken or veggies. I don't think I can ever venture to buy the opposite of "found mountain" (you know the green and blue bottled stuff) after having this amazing ranch touch my taste buds.

  • 3/4 cup of light mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup of light sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 1/4 - 1 cup of buttermilk (see buttermilk directions below recipe)
  • 1 small bunch of chives
  • small handful of parsley (fresh or dried - I used dried and it turned out fine)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper

  • Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor, starting with 1/4 cup of buttermilk. 
  • Blend for 10 seconds.
  • Check the consistency and taste and add buttermilk as needed.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Making your own buttermilk.
  • Using a 1 cup measuring cup, add 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar to the measuring cup.
  • Pour milk (preferably whole but I have also used 1%) in with vinegar until the liquid reaches the 1 cup measure.
  • Allow to sit on the counter 5 -10 minutes and use as needed.
  • You will NEVER have to buy buttermilk again.
Original recipe from Annie's Eats.
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