There was a time when nearly every Friday afternoon you could find Becky and I along with our dear friend Wendy, having a gigantic play date with a dozen or so kids and a delicious servings of taco salad. Those were amazing days of sweet fellowship and what I wouldn’t give to crowd onto the living room floor with those gals and all those kids and have life changing conversations.
But only slightly less life changing was the introduction of this homemade Ranch Dressing. For the longest time, I couldn’t remember who came up with it…. Was is Becky or Wendy?…. or maybe Betty Crocker? Pretty sure it was Becky that first brought it but it has been a staple in our house ever since. I have made a few slight modifications over the years and I tell you, my husband will eat almost any vegetable on earth as longs as he has some of this to go with it.
Since I first published this recipe on my old recipe site, it has been made by the multitudes, shared on social media thousands of times and even made it into a cookbook where they titled it “Rohnda’s Ranch”. I had to apologize to Becky for that one since it probably should have been named after her but we can’t take it back now! It’s in print!
Since then, it has cured the multitudes of their store-bought ranch habits with it’s rich creamy taste and the simplicity of throwing it together. It works great on salads and sandwiches and even serves as a marinade or dip for meats. I am usually a pretty good cook but occasionally something comes out too dry or with not enough flavor and a little jar of this white magic cures whatever woes plague you in the kitchen department. Seriously, it is that good.
But I still think my favorite use is smothered over a taco salad and every time I eat that I think of all those little kids running around and time spent with dear friends. The taste will forever take me back to those sweet memories!
Homemade Ranch Dressing
This homemade Ranch Dressing will forever cure you of your store bought ranch rabbit. Quick and easy and taste great on everything!
- 1.5 cup of Mayonaise
- 2 clove of garlic crushed or 1 tsp powdered garlic
- 1 cup plain, fat free Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp parsley
- 1 tsp dried minced onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Step 1 Place all ingredients in a bowl or a jar and mix well.
- Step 2 Chill for 2 hours before serving.
~This recipe comes out a bit thick, more like dip. You can thin it with a few tablespoons of water or other liquid if desired.
~You can also substitute the Greek Yogurt with buttermilk for a thinner dressing consistency.
~To keep this THM, use the Greek Yogurt option and enjoy it with your S meals.
~Keeps for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.