I eat a lot of salad. My favorite salad dressing hands down is Ranch. I'm not a fan of the super cheap stuff as it tastes nasty. However, I am also not a fan of the way the prices seem to rise as the bottles get smaller for the good stuff.

I finished my last bottle of the goods last night and decided to try my hand at making my own. I figure for about the price of 2 bottles of the good stuff, I could make the equivalent of a big bottle of the icky dressing.

I was right!

I mean, I don't know how much those ball jars hold, but I'm guessing it's a considerable amount. Lord knows it feels like a lot. And the best part is I got to choose what went into it. I'm giving the recipe below in case you want to try it out, but it's not mine. Unfortunately, I PDF'd it ages ago and no longer have the link, so if this is yours, please let me know in the comments and I will gladly link back to you!

For my vegan buds out there, I know when I was vegan I was desperate for ranch and it was hard to find. You could easily make this yourself, using vegan mayo (either making your own or buying it; it's easy to come by these days), vegan sour cream or yogurt, and the non-dairy milk of your choice.

Oh, this stuff has calories. Don't dump the whole shebang on your salad and wonder why you don't lose weight.

Homemade Ranch Dressing/Dip
1 cup Mayonnaise of your choice
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried dill weed
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried chives (optional)
up to one cup milk (if you are making dip, leave this out)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until desired consistency is achieved. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving. The dip will last for 2 months in the fridge. Once you add the milk, its life span goes down.


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