Where are my ranch lovers at?! (Hands raised and waving wildly here.)
The other day I was wondering when and where and why and how ranch dressing became a “thing” so I turned to the most trusted source on the internet – Wikipedia – to find out. That’s a joke, but actually…I did start there. Anyway, the story begins with an Alaskan dude ranch in the 50s, and concludes with a University of Iowa student (<<< DYING!) in the present day.
I’ll need to edit the Wiki article to add that America’s favorite salad dressing is not only super simple to make at home, but it’s gluten-free and easily made vegan (ie no dairy or eggs), too!
I have to admit that I’ve become a bit of a ranch snob over the past couple of years. Like many people, my ranch obsession began in college (hello O.P. breadsticks + ranch dream team!) and it’s not an exaggeration to say that I ate ranch almost every single day my freshman year. I mean, we used to dunk our damn dining hall lasagna into big bowls of ranch dressing. WHYYY?
Today the ranch obsession is still strong (I mean, not lasagna strong,) but I opt for ranch dressing options with a cleaner ingredient list – which I realize is an incredibly millennial thing to say, though I am technically a Xennial, thank you very much. All that to say, what’s a ranch lover with high standards to do?
MAKE HER OWN!
What to dunk into Homemade Ranch Dressing:
Homemade ranch dressing is one of the easiest things you can whip up in just a couple of minutes at home, and I cannot TELL you how tasty it is with the following:
- Homemade fries
- Tater tots
- Snap Peas
- Sweet peppers
- And fine…LASAGNA!
All you need is mayonnaise (more on vegan mayo options below,) apple cider vinegar, milk (any kind, I use almond milk,) and dried herbs and spices. Whisk it up, stash in the fridge, utilize often. Let’s do it!
How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing:
All you need is one bowl to make Homemade Ranch Dressing! Fill it up with 1 cup mayonnaise, 6 Tablespoons milk (any kind, I use unsweetened almond milk,) 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes, 1 teaspoon each dried chives, garlic powder, and onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon dried dill, plus salt and pepper to taste, then whisk to combine.
I have made this recipe using everything from regular mayo to Hellman’s vegan mayo, and have also made this ranch with Earth Balance Vegan Mayonnaise.
FYI: I have not tested this recipe with Greek yogurt or sour cream or anything other then vegan mayo.
That’s all she wrote! Pour the dressing into a jar with a tight fitting lid, or container, then keep in the refrigerator for all your ranch-related needs for 1-2 weeks. I hope you love this tasty homemade ranch dressing recipe as much I as I have lately! Enjoy!
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Homemade Ranch Dressing (GF + Vegan-Friendly)
Homemade Ranch Dressing is made with fridge and pantry staples, gluten-free, and easily made vegan, too! This recipe is a must-have for ranch-lovers!
- 1 cup mayonnaise (I use vegan mayo)
- 6 Tablespoons milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried chives
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- salt and pepper
- Add all ingredients into a bowl then whisk until smooth. Add more milk to thin dressing out if desired. Store in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.