One of my favorite things about that website is the mixes list. It has a ton of recipes for dry mixes that are easy to do and save you money on your grocery bill.
Ranch salad dressing.- For ingredients and directions please see the original website.
I was impressed at how well the dry ingredients blended together in my cheap-o-matic blender.
Keep the dry ingredients in an air tight container until ready to use: combine 1 Tbsp. of dry mix, 1 cup of mayo & 1 cup of buttermilk. Mix it all together and enjoy. (I used homemade mayo, but that's for another post)
The verdict: It tastes nothing like ranch. Nothing! But I love it, and so does my husband. I was afraid that all the garlic was going to be over powering but it wasn't. The consistency is pretty runny, which at first I thought would bother me but I really like it. When I pour it on salad it actually runs off the pieces and coats every bit of the salad. This is a really nice change from the usual Ranch glob I get in the center of my salad that seems to latch onto 5 pieces of lettuce and nothing else.
Also, when I dip veggies in it, it just lightly coats it so I get the flavor without a big glob. And in my mind that means less calories. Yahoo.
It does seem to lose some flavor the longer it sits in your fridge, so I now just make half. I still get 1 cup of dressing, which lasts a few weeks in our house.
So I love it, my husband loves it, but a couple weeks ago I really put it to the test. I went to a small get together at a friends house and brought cut up carrots and the ranch. People started eating it and said "oh, this is good" but I couldn't tell if they were sincere. For all I knew they were really thinking "wow, this is horribly disgusting and I'm going to toss it in the fake tree when your not looking."
But then a pregnant woman came in. I've been pregnant 4 times, I fully understand how a pregnant woman's sense of smell and taste become heightened and it's hard to hide that heightened sense of taste. When she got a plate of carrots and dip I started to watch her out of the corner of my eye (just call me a stalker). She ate it, then got more and ate that, then she started dipping popcorn in the ranch.
So there you have it, Homemade Ranch Dressing: Jannie tested, pregnant women approved.
UPDATE: I tried a batch where I substituted the buttermilk with plain Greek yogurt. I didn't notice any change in the flavor but it did make it a lot thicker. So depending on what consistency you like, the buttermilk or yogurt both work great.