'Real' Ranch Dressing | The Original

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Ranch Sauce as most of us know it today is nowhere near it's original flavour. Overpowered by artificial ingredients and unnecessary additives this overly popular dressing needs to be appreciated for what it once was. In the early 1950's Steve Henson invented what is known today as ranch dressing. Himself and his wife bought and opened Hidden Valley Guest Ranch, nestled in Santa Barbara California; a working dude ranch where they served their guests their secret 'ranch dressing'. It became so popular they opened a small factory to continue making their artisan sauce that was becoming popular around the country. However like most good things, not long after Hidden Valley Ranch brand was bought by Clorox for $8 million and the original flavour was lost down the way. Most ranch sauces today have a rather purposeless never ending list of ingredients - We've done our best and dug around to put together our own 'Original Ranch Dressing Recipe'.

1/2 Cup Org. Buttermilk  

1/4 Cup Organic Mayonnaise (store-bought or homemade)  

1/2 Cup Org. Sour Cream  

1 Tbsp Dried (or Fresh) Parsley Flakes

2 Tsp Chopped Chives  

1 Medium Garlic Clove, crushed and made into paste (can be substituted by 2tsp garlic powder)  

2 Tsp Onion Powder  

Small Pinch of sugar (acts as natural MSG) 

Salt and Pepper to taste (about 1/2tsp salt 1/8tsp pepper) 

Mix all your ingredients into a bowl or mason jar, mixing thoroughly. Crush your garlic into a separate bowl and add a small pinch of salt. Take a spoon and press it against the side of the bowl until a fluffy paste is obtained. Add this to your dressing and mix well. Place your sauce in the fridge for at least one hour to allow all the flavours to meddle and mix. Serve on salads, burgers, with french fries or whatever else you enjoy covered in ranch flavour.  

 

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