Homemade Ranch Dressing for #SundaySupper

How often do we think about the history behind our favorite foods? Where did they come from? Who created the first recipe for it? Something I love, but never knew originated in my neck of the woods, is Ranch Dressing. It’s true!

Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing was first sold here in California, just outside Santa Barbara! In 1954, Kenneth (who later changed his name to Steve) and Gayle Henson bought a 120-acre Dude Ranch with sprawling, picturesque views. They named their property “Hidden Valley Ranch.” Hmmm… wonder what they named their dressing?

Ranch Dressing

At their dude ranch, guests enjoyed an abundance of outdoor activities and plenty of home-cooked meals. But it was the delicious, homemade buttermilk dressing that brought people back for more! Guests loved it! They would often ask for jars of the “Ranch Dressing” to take home. Soon there was such a demand for the dressing Gayle and Kenneth created a dry packaged mix for guests. They sold their mix to stores and to their dude ranch customers.

Ranch Dressing

Kelley’s Korner in Santa Barbara was the first store to sell the packaged mix. The packages sold out so fast that Lloyd Kelley, the store owner, thought his staff was stealing it! Ha!

Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing

I am a huge fan of homemade salad dressings, so I can totally see how guests would love something homemade and delicious on their salads! Thick and creamy with a blend of garlic, herbs and seasonings, this dressing is perfect for dipping and to toss with any of your favorite summer salads. A word of warning, start a little lighter on the garlic. Raw garlic tends to get hotter as it sits, so beware! Not that I think this dressing will last that long in your refrigerator anyway! It’s just too good!

Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

A simple recipe for homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing! Use your own herbs and spices to create your own signature salad dressing for #SundaySupper!

  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 (or 2) cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Lemon Juice (optional, just a splash)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Additional add-ins, completely optional: Worcestershire Sauce, Cayenne Pepper, Tabasco sauce, Dijon mustard, Paprika, Cumin, Oregano, Basil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients, adjusting seasonings as necessary. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill for a few hours to let the flavors blend.

NOTES: Chop all herbs and garlic very finely. No one wants big chunks of raw garlic in their salad dressing. Keep in mind, raw garlic does get hotter the longer it sits, so start with just one clove and increase (or decrease) to your personal taste. If dressing is too thick, thin it with a bit more buttermilk before serving.


What is your favorite thing to dip in Ranch Dressing? I’m a fan of Onion Rings with Ranch Dressing! Share yours with me!

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