Saturday, August 23, 2014

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Well isn't this new! Me coming to you on a weekend?! No!? Yes!! I wanted to get this post up yesterday, but sometimes life is just too fun and if I have to choose between posting and having fun...well the latter will always win :)

So what is so importantly awesome that I can't wait until Monday to share with you, you ask?! It's my newest recipe/way to save money! Homemade Ranch Dressing!
My husband said his grandpa would be so proud. I guess he is known for making his own dressings. He simply opens the fridge, pulls out a little of this and a little of that, mixes it up and that's his dressing. I love it! No rules, no real measuring, just throwing together things you like until something you love comes out. That's kinda how this recipe happened.
At first I wasn't measuring anything, but figured you would want some kind of quantitative way to make this with sizes other than "a scoop" and "a dollap" and "a pinchful". 
It was actually really fun to come up with. I knew the basis for ranch and just went from there using my favorite spices. And it just so happened to be a perfect sauce to go with my deep fried pickles I made using my homemade pickles!

1/2 Cup mayonnaise (I used mayo with olive oil)
1/6-1/3 Cup sour cream
1/4 Cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp parsley
1/2 Tbsp white vinegar
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dill
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
*1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese (totally optional!)

Mix everything together until its smooth. You can start out using half the sour cream and mix it all together. If you want it to be less thick, add the rest. Taste it as you go to make sure it's to your liking.

*Omit the cheese if you aren't a fan. I love cheese and could add it to almost anything!

Pour into a glass jar or bottle you have and write the date on the lid with a piece of tape. 

It should last at four-six months in the fridge. This recipe makes about a cup of dressing. If you need more, just double everything.

I must warn you this is a tad on the garlic side. If you aren't a garlic freak like my husband and I, try only using 1/4 tsp garlic powder. 

Need some jars? Ball Jars are great to have!
Ball Mason Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze -  16 oz 12pk
12 16oz Ball Mason Jars

So are you the same way with your dressings? Do you just open the door and grab whatever sounds good? Feel free to share your favorite homemade dressing recipe with me. I'm looking for a good Italian!

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I love the idea of making my own ranch. We go through it so fast around here! Thanks for posting. Pinning!

  2. Yum! I love ranch dressing but the stuff in the bottle was never as good as the stuff on a salad bar. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for posting.

  3. I love this! I always worry about the questionable ingredients in packages I buy at the store! Pinning!! Have a wonderful Thursday!! :)
    xox, Crystelle

  4. Great recipe, pinned and shared, followed you here from Wildly Original link up.

  5. Love homemade ranch dressing and this looks tasty. I love the addition of parmesan. We will have to give it a try.

  6. Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Your post has been pinned with the party!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen