Welcome, 2011! I hope it's a good year for everyone. I know it promises to be a busy one for me. A while ago I recommended a favorite food blog of mine, Annie's Eats. She posted a great recipe for homemade ranch dressing. Who doesn't love ranch dressing? No, really. Tell me. Who? If you know someone who doesn't? Make them try this. I've tried a couple different recipes and this is my favorite (Pioneer Woman has another good recipe). I only made one modification--the recipe calls for 1 tablespoon lemon juice. I prefer to use 1 tablespoon white vinegar instead. Several homemade ranch dressing recipes use a small amount of chopped fresh dills, so that is something else you may wish to add to yours. Enjoy!
Homemade Ranch Dressing
3/4 cup mayonnaise (REAL, though you can use light)
3/4 cup sour cream (light can be used)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar (see notes above)
1/4-1 cup buttermilk (I like to use the full amount)
1 small bunch fresh chives, chopped
small handful chopped fresh parsley
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
kosher salt (to taste, appx. 1/2 teaspoon)
freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
Combine all ingredients except buttermilk, salt and pepper in a food processor (blender or whisk and mixing bowl work as well). While mixing, add in the buttermilk 1/4 cup at a time until desired taste and consistency is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate in an airtight container.
ingredients before blending