Sunday, July 5, 2009

Homemade ranch dressing

Who knew making ranch dressing was so easy, quick, and delicious? I whipped this up in about 5 minutes. It's even better the next day, but is definately awesome right away. Serve with vegetables to dip into it, over burgers, or dip your bacon-cheese grilled jalapenos in it. Oh yeah, you could pour it over your salad too.

Homemade ranch dressing
Adapted from the Joy of Cooking

3/4 c half and half
2 T lemon juice
1 garlic clove, crushed
a few big pinches of salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 c sour cream
1 T minced parsley
1 T minced chives (or more!)
1/2 t hot paprika
a few dashed of hot sauce
1 T very finely minced onion

Combine half and half with lemon juice in a small jar. Let sit a minute or two, until thickened. Whisk in remaining ingredients, taste for salt, and then chill. Keeps covered in the fridge about a week, but make sure you shake the jar before using.


  1. Finally, a good-looking homemade ranch dressing that doesn't contain mayo! I wonder what full-fat Greek yogurt would be like in place of the sour cream. This looks great.

  2. Anonymous2:22 PM

    I can't wait to try this, but I'm wondering if heavy cream would work instead of half and half, since I have a ton of it that I'm not going to use as fast as I'd like.

  3. Greek yogurt would absolutely work instead of sour cream, as would heavy cream instead of half and half!

  4. I love homemade ranch dressing. This looks really tasty!

  5. Anonymous1:08 PM

    I gotta admit, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this, although I somehow missed putting in the paprika.. Oops. Either way, we loved it, and will be making it again!