5 Recipes That Prove Just How Incredible Ranch Dressing Is
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a more solid recipe for traditional buttermilk ranch dressing than the one featured in the latest edition of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook. It stars buttermilk, mayonnaise, fresh parsley and minced garlic as well as onion powder and dry mustard (these dried versions pack a stronger punch and, says The New York Times, give ranch its particular flavor), and black pepper. Chill for 30 minutes and then put it on everything—well, almost everything.
Get the recipe: Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Get the recipe: Lauren Toyota's Ranch Dressing
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Swap in an avocado for the mayo, and you're left with a surprisingly rich, alternate vegan version of classic ranch that's a gorgeous green hue. To thin it out enough to pour, the recipe has you add vegetable stock; it helps loosen up the dressing without sacrificing any of the flavor.
Get the recipe: Avocado Ranch Dressing
It's hard to resist the retro appetizer spread that is a cheese ball—it's festive, delicious and, as this recipe demonstrates, quite versatile. It's from Dena Rayess' new Cheese Balls, and includes cream cheese and shredded smoked Gouda, along with ranch dressing, which helps the ball keep its shape and adds an herby zing. The pièce de résistance: a coating of chopped bacon and chopped fresh chives.
Get the recipe: Ranch and Bacon Cheese Ball
With a bag of mixed vegetables in the freezer, a knob of butter, a squirt of lemon and a spoonful of dry ranch dressing mix, you're never more than 15 minutes away from one of the easiest side dishes on the planet. This speedy accompaniment is great with anything from pork chops to chicken.
Get the recipe: Simple Skillet Vegetables