6/28/10

3 Fresh Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ or Dip

I will never buy ranch dressing again.  The bottled stuff does not even compare to this creamy version of PW's ranch dressing.

I made this for a family member who is on a very restricted no salt diet.  This dressing was a nice change to the vinegar/olive oil dressing that he has been using.


The story begins with roasted garlic that I keep in my freezer.  I love the mild sweetness that roasting brings out in garlic.


It smooshes well in my garlic press, which I love.





Next comes dried parsley.


I wish I had fresh, but this will do in a pinch ~




Here's the FRESH stuff.  Straight from my mom's garden.

The dill (or dill weed) and chives grow from seed year after year.

They are rinsed and spun dry in my salad spinner.




The chives get chopped up and thrown in...








and here comes the finely chopped dill.

My mom has never used the feathery dill that first comes up in the summer.  She waits until late summer when the dill goes to seed to use in pickles.





Next is mayonnaise.  I made this mayo with my immersion blender in less than five minutes.  If you have never made mayo, you need to do it.  It is SO easy!






Here is the sour cream.  Go for the real stuff.  No light or non-fat.  There is more salt and sugar in the reduced/light stuff.

Next is any kind of vinegar you want: white, apple cider, or red.  Whatever floats your boat.




Give everything a quick stir.  At this point you can call this DIP.  Veggie dip or chip dip.

Add a couple of tablespoons of homemade buttermilk and what do you have?





The best dressing on the face of the earth....

Regular dressing for us (with salt)

and a salt-free version for someone I love.






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Fresh Buttermilk Ranch Dressing or Dip

Ingredients

2 cloves roasted garlic
1/2 t. salt
1/2 T. dried parsley (1/4 c. fresh, chopped)
2 T. fresh chives, finely chopped
1 T. fresh dill, finely chopped
1 c. homemade mayonnaise
1/2 c. real sour cream
1 T. apple cider vinegar
2 t. sugar
2 T. Fresh buttermilk, to desired consistency

Instructions

Press garlic through a garlic press; mash finely.  Add salt, parsley, chives, dill, mayonnaise, and sour cream. 
Add cider vinegar and sugar.
Mix well.
At this point, the dressing is thick enough for a veggie or chip dip.

Add buttermilk to desired consistency for salad dressing.


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