Make Ahead

best ever buttermilk ranch dressing

June 28, 2013
Author Notes

when the heat of summer has most plants drying up, herbs seem to take off and run with it. they thrive in poor soil and can take a bit of neglect and still give you something to work with. parsley, chives and dill are all popular choices for beginning gardeners because they do not require much more than sun and a bit of water. experienced gardeners use them for more than cooking; parsley and dill will attracts swallowtail butterflies and chive blossoms are a favorite choice of honeybees.

but cooks know that the three herbs can be used in more recipes than any of us can count. one of the simplest ways to use them is in a batch of ranch dressing. mix this up and you may never buy another bottle of it! —janeofmanytrade

  • Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
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Directions
  1. place the herbs in a small bowl and add the salt, mustard, garlic, black pepper and paprika. stir to mix.
  2. add the mayonnaise and stir to make a paste.
  3. using a whisk, mix in the buttermilk and the lemon juice. place in a glass or plastic container and chill for a couple hours before serving.
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