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Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
...this is out of this world and you must replace that commercial bottle in your fridge.


My husband loves to dip vegetables in blue cheese dressing. To make this a healthier snack for him, I decided to make homemade ranch dressing then add blue cheese crumbles. Homemade mayo is excellent in this recipe.

While there are less additives / preservatives in the homemade version, dressing is still high in calories even with light sour cream. Though my homemade mayo incorporates unsaturated fat via canola / olive oil, it's still high in calories.  Use in moderation.

This is best the next day; it thickens and the flavors intensify. Recipe inspired via a submission to allrecipes.com.



Set 1

½ cup homemade mayo (good quality, store-bought mayo is yummy too for homemade ranch)

½ cup light sour cream (name brand is best here as it is generally thicker than store brands)

generous ½ tsp. dried chives

generous ½ tsp. dried parsley

generous ½ tsp. dried dill

½ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. seasoning salt

Pinch of black pepper



2 tbsp. reduced fat buttermilk

Blue cheese crumbles


Tools:   small bowl,   small whisk


1.      Place all ingredients in the bowl.

2.      Whisk to thoroughly combine.

3.      Add buttermilk if you want buttermilk ranch dressing.

4.      Add blue cheese crumbles just before serving for blue cheese dressing (with or without buttermilk).



For me, life is all about a positive mental outlook and having motivational tricks in my back pocket to stay happy, healthy, and productive. Here’s a quote I found in my all-time favorite inspirational book, Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook – A Treasurey of the Wisdom of the Ages.

“One may walk over the highest mountain – one step at a time.” – Lord Chesterfield


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