Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Never Buy Dressing Again

Our fridge is full of condiments. In general, we have more condiments than actual food. Even after my recent great refrigerator purging, the door of the fridge is stuffed with various food accessories. May of the aforementioned condiments are salad dressings. Or were I should say, as I have vowed never to purchase dressing again.

This vow took place after a recent foray into making ranch dressing. I had previously made a variety of vinaigrettes, but never thought that the creamy dressings were easily within my grasp. With ranch being my staple salad dressing and go to veggie dip, I never thought I could break free of the condiment chains that shackled me (food is very dramatic you see). But I did, and you should too! The ranch I made was far superior to the normal variety I buy at the store. Make some, try it! Here is the recipe that I used:


1/2 c. buttermilk
1/2 c. mayo
1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dill
1/2 tsp. dried chives
1/4 tsp garlic powder*
1/4 tsp onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

1. Mix all the ingredients together.

So, my general policy is to not attempt the super low fat version of a dish if I am serving it for the first time to strangers. Therefore, my first run through of the recipe I made a full fat version, because it was for a party and I didn't want it to suck. Today, for myself, I made it with fat free mayo, fat free sour cream, and 1% buttermilk. I actually liked the lower fat version better. Also, if you don't want to buy buttermilk (though I recommend it) you can replace the buttermilk with more mayo.

Try some yourself and free yourself from the tyranny of bottled dressing.

*if you like garlic add more, I did although I wouldn't recommed more than double that amount.


Melanie said...

hmmm... Curious to try, though I don't have buttermilk, ever. I also don't eat salad... However, dressings can be good in many ways... Any suggustions on other ways I might consume this recipe?

Casie said...

Today I ate the dressing two ways one, pretty standard, as dip for baby carrots.

The second way I ate it, and the reason I made the dressing, was to have on top of a baked potato with melted cheese. I also added a little turkey pepperoni for protein. It was surprisingly yummy.

I also think it would be excellent dip for buffalo wings or something of that sort. The first time I made the dressing was to go with something with those flavors.

Walter the Crouch said...

I would recommend crumbling in some doritos. I'm surprised that someone hasn't already premade and sold it. Kinda like bottling and selling the milk leftover after eating a flavorful ceral, like fruit loops. Delicious.