Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing, the favored condiment of elementary kids everywhere, needn’t be store bought. This super-easy homemade ranch dressing tastes a gazillion times better. The best part? I know every single ingredient that goes in it. No Polysorbate 60 needed, thank you very much.

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

This tastes even better the next day. Works great as a dressing or a dip. Feel free to add more or less seasoning depending on your taste buds.

*edited to add on June 12, 2012: Today, I wanted to make a quick, small batch of this recipe for a salad but I didn’t have any sour cream. I used 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup buttermilk, and I just eyeballed the spices and it turned out really yummy. All that to say, if you don’t have sour cream or don’t want to use it, try this with just the mayo and buttermilk – it’s richer and just a little thicker. 

Meanwhile, on the Deck…

I have just a few more garden update photos to share:

Parsley, chives and lemon thyme have really taken off in the herb garden. I’ve been putting fresh parsley in everything, the chives will be front and center in a ranch dressing I’ll be making (and posting) this week. And the lemon thyme? Well, mainly I just like snipping it and rubbing it on my hands. Have I mentioned I’m a little crazy-in-love with the smell of lemon thyme?

Meanwhile, on the other side of the planter the basil is taking its sweet time, but the cilantro is making great progress. We sprinkled cilantro on our chicken chili last night, and today it’s part of a marinade for our salmon dinner!

This blurry little guy is a sprout of dill I found in the Grow Camp. Every time I see a volunteer sprout pop up in the Grow Camp, I haven’t the heart to toss them! So this guy I transplanted here. He seems to be fairing OK so far.

Take a look at my brussels sprout plant! On the advice of many of you dear readers, I decided to keep one and placed it in a random planter I had in the garage. I’m so glad I did! I’m looking forward to watching its progress.

On the flower front, we also have some petunias on the deck. I’m really pleased with the health of these plants. I have a sketchy history with petunias. LOL

So that’s everything that’s going on out back! It’s been very rainy the past two days, so I’m looking forward to some sun (and weeding – not looking forward to that) in the coming days.