Homemade ranch dressing is much tastier than its store-bought counterpart, and incredibly easy to make at home. If you’ve never made your own, give it a try. Conveniently, it only requires basic ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.
Step One: Combine 3/4 c of sour cream with half a cup of milk, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a jar.
(Fyi, Daisy makes a nice sour cream that’s free from additives and preservatives and is easy to find in supermarkets).
Step Two: Put the lid on tightly and shake well, until all ingredients are combined.
Step Three: Combine in a small bowl:
one clove of garlic, pressed and minced;
1 tablespoon of freshly chopped chives,
1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley,
1/2 teaspoon of dried dill weed,
1/4 teaspoon of salt,
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, and
1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
Step Four: Stir herbs well, then add to jar
Step Five: Attach lid well, then shake until dressing is uniform. Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
This makes a fairly thick dressing–if you prefer yours thinner, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
Every house should have a chive plant. They’re very hardy and easy to grow, and can be grown inside in a flower pot, or in the garden. They’re a perennial, so once you buy a plant, they come back every year. Mine lives pretty much year round outside in zone 6. I’ve transplanted it several times, and it just keeps thriving.
Chive flowers are edible, and can be used to flavor vinegar dressings. (You still want to pick the flowers even if you choose not to eat them, so that the seeds don’t spread through your garden). Fresh chives add so much flavor to your food, and are incredibly simple to grow (they do especially well planted near carrots).
Parsley is another must-have herb that you can put in a multitude of savory recipes. Plus, the plants attract caterpillars that you can watch turn into butterflies. (Butterflies like dill weed also).
Once you try homemade ranch, you may never go back to the store-bought bottled stuff again. The herbs needed for ranch are basic work horses that you will use for hundreds of recipes. If you’re able, add chives, dill and parsley to your garden, or plant them in flower pots in a sunny window.
- ¾ c sour cream
- ½ c milk
- 1 T lemon juice
- 1 clove of garlic, pressed and finely minced
- 1 T freshly chopped chives
- ½ t dried parsley
- ½ t dried dill weed
- ¼ t salt
- ½ t black pepper
- ½ t onion powder
- Combine ¾ c sour cream, ½ c milk and 1 T lemon juice in a jar, attach lid well and shake
- Add all spices to a small bowl and stir well
- Add spices to jar, reattach lid firmly and shake until well combined