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A condiment made of buttermilk or sour cream, mayonnaise, minced green onion, garlic powder, and other seasonings mixed into a sauce.

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Could there be any other dressing that goes so well with everything?

  • Dec 12, 2008
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There is something about Ranch dressing that keeps me coming back for more, even when I probably shouldn't. For example, do you like your pizza with Parmesan cheese? Not me. I'd rather have it with Ranch. Why? Because Ranch dressing is simply one of my favorites. I eat it with anything you can imagine, from French fries to raw vegetables, and use it copiously on salads.

The interesting thing for me is that no two Ranch recipes are similar. No matter where you go, from restaurant to home kitchen, Ranch is never the same. The best out there, in my opinion, is at Nordstrom Cafe. Their version is a bit watery, but it's still full in flavor and doesn't have the thick buttermilk flavor that I don't enjoy.

Homemade versions come in at a close second. To me, a good home-style Ranch should be thick and should not flow. It's viscosity should mirror that of peanut butter. Yes, I know I have high standards. I'm also fully aware that Ranch is incredibly high in calories, but so is pretty much everything else that tastes so good!

Just writing this review makes me want a salad with Ranch. But interestingly enough, I never buy it from stores, because to me it just doesn't taste as good as restaurant-style versions. But in any case, it's still by number one when I go out!

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January 29, 2009
I completely agree with you. Ranch is like the ketchup of the dressings(although I don't consider ranch to be a condiment) and the black ( or white, whichever you prefer) of clothing. IT seems if there is a ranch dispenser somewhere in the vicinity of me when I order food, I find myself putting it on whatever I have that I'm going to be eating, whether I have had it before or not. It's like the ranch draws you in and begs you to use it on everything.
December 12, 2008
yuck!! no salads with ranch... olive oil + red wine vinegar .. and feta cheese.. YUMMMMMM anyways, im not a huge fan of ranch. except. for. the jack in the box ranch!!
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review by . December 12, 2008
Ranch dressing is far and away my favorite dressing (but not my waistlines!) I remember as a kid when my mom used to always make it from scratch (which is always best btw) and we would put it mostly just on salads back then. As years went by I noticed more people using it on things like potatoes, bread sticks and pizzas. Obviously ranch had taken on a whole new dimension. It was no longer just a salad dressing but a topping for just about anything your little heart desired.  My favorite? …
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Ranch dressing is a condiment sauce made primarily from buttermilk or sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder, minced green onions, and other seasonings, depending on taste. It is one of the most popular salad dressings in the US (along with Italian dressing) and is often used as a dipping sauce for various foods, including fried foods and raw vegetable snacks.

Ranch was originally developed at Hidden Valley Ranch, a dude ranch near Santa Barbara, CA. Steve and Gayle Henson, the ranch operators, created the dressing in Alaska but began selling it at their ranch in California. The dressing was instantly a success and their recipe was purchased by Clorox in 1972, who refined the original recipe and has owned rights to it ever since. 
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