Homemade Ranch Dressing

8 servings
10 min

Are you ready for spring salad greens with homemade ranch dressing? It’s the time when we can start to sow seeds for greens in the house.

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I have been making my own ranch dressing for decades. It’s lighter and more flavorful (at least to me) than anything you can buy in the store. Knowing what’s in my dressings is important to me.

I could eat a salad for lunch every day but in the spring and summer, I actually do. It’s the season when greens are fresh from my garden or the farmer’s market.

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients”

Julia Childs

Salad Fixings

In addition to a bowl full of fresh greens, you can add any of your favorites fixings. A protein is also a great addition.

  • Hard boiled egg
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Hearts of Palm
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Olives
  • Green Onions
  • Red Onions
  • Feta Cheese
  • Shredded Cheddar
  • Protein – Chicken, Shrimp, Steak, Salmon, (Anything left over from dinner)

This is also the time when our chickens are starting to lay eggs at a steady pace so I hard-boil eggs every week. We love them chopped up on a fresh green salad.

Salad Dressing Tricks

When I buy buttermilk it is only to use it for my dressing. I used to throw away the left-over until I got smart and started freezing the buttermilk in my ice trays. 1 tablespoon in each square. 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup of buttermilk.

Once it’s frozen in the tray I take it and put it into a container to use later from the freezer. I take out my 8 cubes and let them thaw and then proceed with the rest of the dressing recipe.

Chives can also be frozen. I don’t know about you but chives are a perennial here in Illinois and I get tons of it. When the growing season is slowing down, I cut a bunch of chives, finely slice them and freeze them. In this dressing, you can just add them frozen and by the time you mix everything up they are perfect.

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Recipe details
  • 8  servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Hours Total time: 10 min
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  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced I use 1 tsp. minced jar garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerator for at least an hour before serving
  • We use this as salad dressing, dip for fresh veggies, and dip for chips
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