Homemade Ranch Dressing (Low Carb)
Before I came to America I haven’t even herd about ranch dressing. Bulgarians usually dress their salads only with oil and vinegar. My first experience with that salad dressing wasn’t good at all. When I tried bottled ranch, I didn’t like it. It tasted horrible to me. Then what made me create a homemade ranch dressing recipe? One time we went to a local restaurant for dinner. They served every appetizer with a house-made ranch dip. At first, I was hesitant to try it, because I had a horrible experience with the bottled ranch, but I’m so glad I did. It tasted amazing! I really wanted to dip every bite into that ranch.
When I came home, I started browsing recipes for homemade ranch dressing, but they were so different. I wanted my recipe to resemble the one I tried at the restaurant. So, one day I started thinking about what I tasted, and I made my own recipe. Of course, it took some time to make it the way I like it, but now I’m very happy with the result.
Why should you make it?
My homemade ranch dressing tastes nothing like the bottled one. There are no preservatives and cheap fillers in it. Some of the store bought dressings contain sugar or high corn fructose syrup. My ranch dressing is made with simple ingredients. It has less mayonnaise and more sour cream, which makes it slightly thicker. Therefore, it is perfect for dip. I add two tablespoons of yogurt to thin it out. You can add more yogurt if you like it pourable.
In my recipe the amount of the salt is not specified because salt is a personal preference. Different brands of salt and mayonnaise have different levels of saltiness. It is almost impossible to predict how much salt you need unless you taste it as you make it.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 1 cup sour cream
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp plain yogurt
- 2 medium sized garlic cloves
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped dill
- 1 Tbsp fresh chives (I use garlic chives but I know it is hard to find)
- salt to taste
- Measure and add all the ingredients in a bowl.
- Stir until smooth and well combined.