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What Is Ranch Dressing?

Burning Question: What Exactly Is Ranch Dressing?

Ranch dressing happens to be the number one selling salad dressing in the United States since 1992. But what exactly is this creamy concoction that we seem to love to pour all over salads, pizzas, and wings?

The dressing, which started out as a simple buttermilk-based dressing enjoyed by cowboys, was made popular when Hidden Valley Ranch began serving and selling the dressing in 1952. Ranch is essentially a combination of sour cream, mayonnaise, yogurt, and/or buttermilk (which accounts for its high fat content) mixed with various seasonings, like fresh herbs and garlic powder. With ingredients this simple and straight-forward, ranch dressing can be made at home with the seasonings adjusted to your own taste buds!

How do you feel about ranch dressing? Do you pour it all over everything you eat or shy away from its creamy consistency?

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amber512 amber512 5 years
Ranch is the absolute best dressing in the entire world. Especially if it's made from cashews. Best I've ever had!
Camilla-Salem Camilla-Salem 5 years
onlysourcherry - hahaha actually on lettuce it's really one of the things I dislike most in the world...but I do appreciate a good homemade ranch on pizza or wings (key word: homemade).
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years
the smell of ranch makes me nauseous. I would rather eat dry lettuce than salad with ranch dressing.
lekatvt lekatvt 5 years
Oh man, I pour it all over everything. I love to dip my pizza in it. I know it's the worse choice but there is just something about hearing the word "Ranch" makes something 10x better.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
Not my favorite. Nonetheless, I usually have a box of the dry mix in the pantry for when the urge strikes. That way, I can make a very small amount with no waste. A good blue cheese dressing, though? Another story completely!
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