Prep Time: 5 Minutes
One condiment you will find abundantly stocked in our home is Ranch Dressing. Since our second child, Nicholas, was young (by far the pickiest of our three children), Ranch dressing was the quintessential condiment and the only way we could entice him to eat vegetables, chicken tenders, burgers... pretty much anything. Whenever our children would stay at their grandparents' homes, we always forewarned them to keep Ranch dressing on hand or suffer the consequences.
To this day, Ranch is still our son's preferred condiment, but he's hardly the picky eater he was in the past. He considers himself "The Master Taster Tester" of the family (something he coined when he was younger). I had never made Homemade Ranch before until our son asked, "Mom, what is in ranch dressing?" I was stumped. So, we looked up the ingredients, and as it turns out, I had everything on hand including fresh herbs from our garden. I sensed there was a method to his madness, so after playing with a few ingredients, I surprised him later with homemade ranch dressing. His smile said it all.
From The "Master Taster Tester's" lips, "Mom, this is the best darn ranch dressing ever!", It only seemed fitting to share this recipe with the world and label it The Best Darn Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe. Embodied in creamy buttermilk, Cherchies® Lem'n Dill, Cherchies® Garlic 'n Herbs and other fresh herbs, this tasty ranch dressing recipe will appease even the most discerning ranch lover; but beware, you may never go back to the bottled ranch dressing again! Use this dressing in all your favorite recipes, as a dip for vegetables, chicken tenders, fries, as a spread on sandwiches, and of course as a dressing for salads.
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- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/2 cup sour cream (could substitute Greek yogurt)
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 1 teaspoon (tsp) white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon (tsp) lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon (Tbsp) coarsely chopped fresh chives
- 1 teaspoon (tsp) chopped fresh parsley (3/4 teaspoon dried)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Lem'n Dill Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) Cherchies® Garlic 'n Herbs No-Salt Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon (tsp) ground black pepper
Add all the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Pulse to combine. If the recipe is too thick, add more half and half or milk to the mixture.
Refrigerate and chill for at least an hour, but overnight is preferable, as the flavors will marry. Serve over your favorite salad or as a dipping sauce for fries, chicken tenders, pretzels, vegetables, whatever your heart desires.