As a parent, I’m always trying to get my kids to eat more vegetables. Often, this looks like giving them something to “dip” their vegetables in. Of course, my kids would happily dip their vegetables in ketchup all day long – but that is just gross. Why slather a perfectly good carrot in a condiment that really has only one purpose? (french fries people, though a yummy aioli suits me better.) So in my never-ending quest to expand my little ones palate, I tried my hand at making a homemade ranch dressing.
This easy homemade ranch dressing takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to one week. I was skeptical as to whether or not this dressing would actually taste like a “real” ranch dressing. I will tell you firsthand that it doesn’t – it tastes way better. Like the freshest ranch dressing you’ve ever had. Like this creamy concoction has just been picked out of the garden. It’s fresh and thick and coats your veggies like a warm hug. Trust me, once you make this easy homemade ranch dressing, you’ll never purchase a bottle again. My oldest was literally spooning it between two cucumber slices, pretending they were Oreos. (This only happened twice, after which she demanded real Oreos. Go figure.)
This homemade ranch dressing was so easy to make, I decided to make a second version. We were having southwest chicken salads for dinner that night with yummy grilled chicken, baby tomatoes, bell peppers and avocados – so I made a Hot ‘n Spicy ranch dressing. It was as simple as adding a dash of hot sauce, paprika and cayenne pepper to the original recipe and letting the flavors develop in the fridge. This will sound cliché, but the hot ‘n spicy ranch really elevated the flavor of our chicken salads. The same fresh and creamy texture of the original dressing, kicked up a notch. Unfortunately we devoured our salads before I could snap a picture. But I did manage to take a quick photo the next day as I enjoyed it with some homemade sweet potato chips. 🙂 Enjoy, friends!