Believe it or not, I can clearly remember when Hidden Valley first introduced their ranch salad dressing. It must have been in the 70s or early 80s, and my grandparents were the first to introduce us to it. My brothers and I weren’t exactly known for our healthy eating, preferring mostly meat and potatoes. My grandparents, who gardened and produced the most beautiful array of fresh vegetables, were determined to get a few vegetables down us whenever we visited them. I can clearly remember my brother and I gobbling up fresh spinach salads, as long as they were covered in ranch dressing.
Somewhere along the way, bottled salad dressing lost their luster for me. Perhaps once you’ve tried homemade dressing it’s hard to go back. Homemade ranch dressing is easy to make and it tastes far better than even the most flavorful brand of bottled dressing.
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Whisk all ingredients together until thoroughly mixed. Store in air-tight container in fridge.