Dump the Bottled Ranch Dressing
Once you make ranch dressing from scratch, you will never buy it from the store again. There is something creamy, tangy, and just so fresh tasting about it. Simple ingredients that most have in their pantry: mayo, sour cream, milk, lemon, salt, ground pepper, and dried herbs. That’s it. In less than five minutes you can have homemade ranch dressing that will keep up to a week in the fridge on hand for veggies, salads, and chicken. It is so good, it won’t last a week.
You can use dried or fresh herbs. I used herbs from my garden. Don’t be afraid to pack it with herbs for a robust flavor. Sea salt is great for this dressing, but Kosher will work. I use local sea salt by Newport Salt Company. It is worth investing in quality ingredients.
Try Basil Buttermilk dressing or basic Italian vinaigrette.
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup regular milk or buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon fresh or dried dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh or dried chives
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon finely ground pepper
- freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Mix mayo, sour cream, and milk together in bowl with a whisk.
- Add herbs mixing finishing off with the lemon juice.
- Keep in the fridge in an airtight container.
Need a simple salad dressing?
Basil Buttermilk Salad Dressing.
What is best to drizzle on freshly picked lettuce from the garden? A fresh homemade salad dressing such as basil buttermilk salad. I made this salad dressing a week ago for dinner guests. I usually make an oil and vinegar dressing, but wanted something more. This dressing fit the bill. And it was a huge success. It is so simple and so fresh. Especially on freshly picked lettuce and some tiny heirloom tomatoes.
I have to say that it have become my favorite dressing. It uses fresh ingredients. It is fresh basil, mayo, buttermilk, green onion, salt, and pepper. That is it. Just whisk together. There’s your dressing.
So much better than anything out of a bottle. You can make cake, biscuits, and pancakes with your extra buttermilk. Or just make lots of this dressing. I can see this dressing on more than a simple lettuce salad, but with more complex salads. I will be experimenting with this dressing and other salad ingredients. So stay tuned. In the meantime, enjoy this dressing on your salad today.
PS – I changed my recipe format. Does it work for you? Let me know in the comments before I switch all my recipes to this format.
Basil Buttermilk Salad Dressing
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup mayo
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- 1 small green onion, finely chopped
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Chop basil and green onion
- Whisk together buttermilk and mayonnaise.
- Add basil, scallion, black pepper, and salt whisking.
- Cover and chill until ready to serve.