A good dressing can be the difference between timid vegetable nibbling and eager vegetable consumption. Unfortunately, the vast majority of bottled dressings are best left on supermarket shelves due to the added sugars, preservatives and genetically modified vegetable, soybean or canola oils they contain. The good news is it is very easy to make your own with fresh, high quality, healthy ingredients. With plenty of room for flavor experimentation and personalizing, this is a great recipe for the kids around your dinner table.
An unofficial (and not particularly scientific) study I recently conducted, confirmed that ranch is America’s favorite dressing. It was comforting to then come across this article on the NPR food blog, The Salt, supporting my findings. With that settled, here’s our version of the American favorite, buttermilk ranch dressing, made from real ingredients, at home, in just a few easy steps:
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (if you are a child like Julia Child, you can make your own using this recipe).
- 6 tablespoons buttermilk (staying in the do-it-yourself mood, you can make this yourself too, using this recipe).
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt (possibly more to taste)
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or a fresh clove, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
- some fresh herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, chives, tarragon, etc. finely chopped.
- several grinds of black pepper
Add all ingredients to a mason jar (or other container with a well-fitting lid), tighten lid and shake. You can add more mayonnaise to create a dip, or more buttermilk to adjust the consistency in the other direction. Serve with any vegetable or salad and enjoy!