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Pioneer Woman Homemade Ranch Dressing

In the mood for salad and having all the ingredients on hand, but dissatisfied with store bought ranch dressing, Devin asked me to find out how restaurants make their ranch salad dressing.


I use a variety of salad dressings depending on my current mood, so maybe that is why I don’t particularly pay attention to how a restaurant’s ranch salad dressing tastes. In any case, store bought ranch dressing works for me, but in the interest in satisfying Devin’s craving for restaurant-style ranch dressing, I turned to the Pioneer Woman’s Homemade Ranch Dressing. Made of a base of mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk (I had regular milk), with a few standard fresh herbs, this dressing can be easily suited to your personal tastes. On my first attempt, the raw garlic was a little too strong, so I don’t add as much on my subsequent trials of this ranch dressing. In any case, Devin deems this homemade ranch dressing as pretty close to the restaurant version and it is deliciously creamy and flavorful with the fresh herbs, so it’s a keeper. It can be made thick as a dip or thin as a dressing, depending on the amount of milk (or buttermilk) used.

In any case, I highly recommend the Pioneer Woman’s website for amazing photos and witty posts.

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Posted by on September 3, 2008.

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Categories: Cooking, Food

2 Responses

  1. Talk about some scorching fooding and thanks for the ranch recipe I always wanted to make fresh ranch dressing.

    by Bill on Sep 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm

  2. Bill: Yes, it seems the Pioneer Woman has unlocked the mystery of what exactly is in ranch dressing that makes it taste so good. Thank you for your loyal readership!

    by Afishionado on Sep 13, 2008 at 1:18 pm

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