Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Ranch Dressing


I am forever thinking of ways to finish up my buttermilk. Again, I had some leftover buttermilk and I remembered a recipe for Ranch Dressing. If I am not mistaken, the Southwestern Egg Rolls at Chilis is served with Ranch Dressing. I love that dip! You will see me poking my egg roll into that little vial of dip, trying to get at every drop.



Last weekend I was at Cold Storage and I found this :


Ah! But no, I was not going to spend RM16.95 for a bottle, much as I love Ranch Dressing. I was determined to make my own. 


I had already used the buttermilk for a chocolate cake, to marinate some chicken breast meat and there was still a bit left. What I had was exactly 3/4 cup which was the amount for the recipe.


Now I know that Ranch Dressing contains buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, onion, chives, dill and Italian parsley. No wonder it is so tasty! Well, I had a double dose of buttermilk - the dressing and also Buttermilk Chicken Nuggets hee...hee...


That was so good!! The tangy Ranch Dressing went so well with the moist, tender, crispy and spicy chicken nuggets. You could eat tons of nuggets with this dip.


Well, after all this, I won't be complaining about leftover buttermilk again. There's lots of things to be made and eaten with Ranch Dressing. So, if you love Ranch Dressing, here's the recipe and you can make your own and eat to your heart's delight!









Ranch Dressing
Recipe source : Adapted from Main Dish Salads (page 26)

Ingredients :
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 3/4cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp distilled white vinegar
- 1 small onion grated
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives
- 2 tsp finely chopped Italian parsley
- 1/2 tsp sea salt

Method :
1. In a bowl, whisk buttermilk, mayonnaise and vinegar until well blended.
2. Add grated onion, chives and Italian parsley. Stir to mix.
3. Season with salt to taste.
4. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



This post is also linked to Cook-Your-Books #27 hosted by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours.

29 comments:

  1. Usually i also will not spend on those dressing, i only have those common one, as i hardly cook, will be a waste to buy many types of dressing, etc...

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    1. Yeah, will be a waste if you don't use the dressing often.

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  2. Those were the two that I bought!!! But I do not think they were so expensive here....maybe less than RM15.00, around 14...or I would not have bought it. Wouldn't die from not eating it. I've finished the ranch now...will open the ceasar when we're going to have salad - which is not all the often, actually.

    What's buttermilk? Don't think we have that here. Does it come in bottles, cans, cartons? I bet if we have that here, it is going to be mighty expensive...like cheese, nothing below RM10.00...and mayo is not all that cheap either...so at the end of the day, I guess I might as well just go out and buy the dressing in the bottle. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Yes, I remember the dressing from your post. That's why I was so excited, I snapped the photo.

      The buttermilk comes is a carton, not cheap. That's why I must not waste a single drop. Of course it is cheaper and more convenient to buy the ready made Ranch Dressing but since I had leftover buttermilk, I decided to make some.

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  3. I guess if we have all the ingredients we need to make the ranch dressing at our disposal, then making our own makes sense but, if we don't, buying all the individual ingredients will turn out to be more expensive for sure. Aiyor, after make ranch dressing....must make buttermilk chicken nuggets also! :D By the way, that is an Australian brand of ranch dressing.

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    1. Yes, I had the ingredients on hand or else I won't have attempted this homemade dressing. And since chicken nuggets go well with Ranch Dressing, I made some hah...hah...

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  4. Looks good and great idea to make your own!

    I wish I can be as rajin as you. Hahaha

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    1. Lina, just buy the ready made one. I was "rajin" because I wanted to finish up the buttermilk.

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  5. It is raining here and looking at your fried chicken nuggets and ranch dressing is making me hungry!

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    1. Nancy, raining days somehow makes us hungry hah..hah...

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  6. i would buy the store one because it would be a waste if I can not finish the home made dressing in one setting.

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    1. Agnes, I agree. If not for the leftover buttermilk, I would not have made this dressing.

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  7. oooh, i love ranch dressing.. in fact my first taste of ranch dressing was from Chili's too, hahaha!! at least in Malaysia, can't remember if i had tasted that before in other places.. i think Chili's serves many dishes with ranch huh?? and i fell in love with that, and since then i guess i totally despise those common dressings like plain mayo, thousand island, mustard etc.. even when i get my Subway sandwich, i ask for ranch (and sweet onion) too..

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    1. Eh, Subway got ranch dressing? I never noticed hah..hah...

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  8. oh yah, those dressings can be very expensive especially those imported ones.. close to RM20, of course lah, you were looking at what seems premium to me, haha.. probably local brands like Lady's Choice could have it at half the price?? but do they have ranch ah?? that is why, it is such a great idea that you make your own ranch dressing.. also following your own taste on the proportion of different ingredients in it.. and seems not difficult to make at all huh?? look at your plate of nugget with ranch dressing, how luscious!! like whispering at my ears to ask me to give them a dip and a bite, hahahaha!! evil la you make me read this at night :p

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    1. Local brands don't have ranch dressing. Maybe because not so popular.

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  9. I seldom eat at Chilis because the food there does not agree with me and I also usually do not dip my food into sauces and dressing but your fried chicken and ranch dressing looks delicious as snacks to munch on. Oh, so the buttermilk can be eaten without needing to be cooked so does that mean you could just dip any food into the buttermilk just like that? How would that taste like?

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    1. Mun, we cannot eat together hah..hah... If you just dip in buttermilk by itself then it won't taste good because it is just sour. So got to out in the herbs and seasonings to make it into a tasty ranch dressing.

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    2. Oh, so the buttermilk is sour like plain yogurt? We can eat together because I will let you have all the sauces and dressings. hehehehehe.

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    3. hah..hah... and the fats and chicken skin too :D

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  10. Hi Phong Hong,
    Oh sometimes I also scratch my head how to finish off the remaining buttermilk in the fridge. My big kids love nuggets. ... and dip them with Ranch Dressing is a brilliant idea. Thanks & Bookmarked it ^-^!

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  11. I "tarn hau sui" (swallow saliva) when I see the word ranch dressing.. I always see this word in Chilis menu.. Ranch burger, ranch dressing, ranch this that, I know it has something to do with creamy cheesy white dipping sauce.. I always ask for extra sour cream to dip my chips too.. So when I see ranch dressing today, I terus scroll to the ingredients to see the main thing.. Ooohhh, buttermilk, mayo and vinegar, no cheese? I remembered their ranch burger got blue cheese in it, so I thought got cheese inside ranch dressing.. Wah, looks very hoiwai, I can finish the whole dipping bowl la..

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    1. Karen, do try this dressing. I love it a lot!

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  12. Unfortunately, I don't like this dressing. I guess the stuff that makes you drool are the stuff that keeps me away hahaha!

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    1. hah..hah... never mind! I suppose Parmesan cheese in carbonara makes you drool but I will run miles away :D

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  13. Wow this dressing is good. Should be good for any fried savoury food.

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    1. Kimmy, it goes well with deep fried food. So yummy!

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  14. I have tried this dressing but didn;t know its name. It goes well with nuggets!

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    1. It goes well with anything deep fried!

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