Happy Spring! Or should I be saying Happy winter?! I will admit, I’m quite miffed that our temperamental Arkansas weather has once again decided to show its stripes by going from 80 degrees to 33 degrees and sleet – all within the space of about one week. To tell you that I’m not thrilled about this change in the seasons would be a gross understatement, so I have instead decided to go on pretending it’s still spring time. With that being said, allow me to introduce you to the best Homemade Ranch Dressing of all time. While Ranch Dressing is good year around, and I certainly eat it year around (I’m a bit of a condiment addict!) I find it particularly enjoyable during the spring and summer months. There’s nothing quite like a fresh house salad with home style creamy Ranch dressing drizzled all over! YUM!
While we’re on the topic of Ranch Dressing, let me go ahead and tell you, this is the world’s best Ranch dressing. Seriously. How do I know that, you might ask? Because when I had my Granny taste test it, she said so, and if Granny says something is so then IT IS SO! You simply don’t question the word of your Granny! haha! 🙂 I do have a little disclaimer to add on this recipe though. Aside from the fact that it is addictive and you will never buy store bought Ranch dressing or Ranch dip again after tasting this, I can not take full credit for this recipe. This Ranch dressing dip is actually my mother-in-law’s recipe and was so good I begged her to let me share it with you here today. Thankfully, she gladly agreed so here I am sharing this best kept family secret with you all! Don’t tell anybody I shared. 😉
Without further delay, let’s grab our ingredients and jump right into making this life changing ranch dip. Okay, I admit, calling this “life changing” might sound a bit dramatic but believe me, it will CHANGE YO LIFE once you give it a try! Trust me on this one! 😉
To get the party started with the ingredients, I purchased this huge honkin’ one gallon Kraft Real Mayo container because I couldn’t find half of a gallon for sale anywhere. Yes, I got weird looks from the grocery store employees and you probably will too. It’s okay though. Just go ahead and let them look sideways at you. They are the ones missing out on this awesome dressing! While you’re garnering stares and questioning glances by purchasing an ungodly amount of “real mayo” (Real as opposed to fake mayo?! What does that even mean anyways?) grab an 8oz container of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning, a jar of Litehouse dried Dill, and some milk. I used Lactose Free 2% milk because that’s what I had on hand, but any grade of milk will work. I suggest using Fat Free milk for a lower calorie Ranch Dressing if you are of a mind to do that.
Measure out half of a gallon of mayo (That’s eight cups in case you’re wondering. Yes, I had to google that.) and put the mayo into a large – like really, REALLY large mixing bowl.
Once you have meticulously measured out eight cups of mayo, pour in four cups of milk. This home style Ranch dressing is thick – not thin and watery like some types. If thick dressing isn’t your thing, go ahead and add 5-6 cups of milk to thin it up a bit. If you’re wanting to thin this dressing up, I suggest adding in 5 cups of milk, stirring and whisking, then once all the other ingredients have been added, decide whether or not you need to add in more milk.
Once the mayo and milk have been added to the large mixing bowl, grab a whisk and whisk it all together until smooth. You don’t have to whisk at this point, you can always just add all of ingredients and then whisk. Totally up to you!
Once the milk and mayo has been whisked (or hasn’t been whisked yet, whatever your preference is) add in the entire contents of the 8oz bottle of dry, Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning.
Go ahead and whisk again. We’re still adding ingredients so just give it a quick, cursory whisk this time around. We’ll save the real serious whisking for after all of the other ingredients have been added.
Grab your dried dill and get ready to do some fancy measuring. You need 1/6 of a cup of dried dill (or half of a 1/3 measuring cup) and since I don’t have a 1/6 measuring cup (do they even make those?!) I carefully measured out half of 1/3 of a cup of dill, using my 1/3 cup measuring cup. (I’m pretty sure I overused the word “cup” in that sentence! :-P). Don’t worry if you’re not exact, just get as close as you can. I promise, the Dill Weed police isn’t going to come knocking on your door if you get a little extra dill in your Ranch Dip.
Now that your dill has been added to your other ingredients, get that whisk out and whisk it really good. This is the serious whisk, so make sure you whisk your Ranch until all ingredients are combined well and no lumps of mayo or dry ingredients remain.
And just like that, you have the word’s best creamy homemade Ranch dressing! I gotta tell ya, I felt so domesticated the first time I made this. I mean, there is just something about making your own salad dressing that will have you feeling like a real life house wife! LOL! I have always purchased my Ranch dressing already made from the store but this one knocks the socks AND the shoes off of any I have ever bought – and I’ve tried them all! (Remember, you’re talking to the self proclaimed condiment addict here!) I will tell ya though, this stuff is so good your kids and spouses won’t let you buy Ranch Dressing from the store anymore so be prepared to start making it at home now! The good thing is that this Ranch Dressing is so fast and easy to make, it’s no problem at all to whip up a batch in a hurry!
I hope you have enjoyed stepping into my Speedy Spatula kitchen today and I hope you all enjoy this Homemade Ranch Dressing as much as we do! Now we can pretend that it’s spring time together and enjoy a wonderful, fresh salad with our homemade Ranch Dressing…bundled up…in front of the fire. LOL! 😛
Happy noshing! 🙂
Homemade Ranch Dressing
A thick and creamy home style Ranch dressing perfect for dip, salads, sandwiches, or anything you would use ranch dressing for!
- 1/2 gallon Kraft Real Mayo
- 4 cups 2% milk (any grade can be used)
- 8 oz Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning
- 1/6 cup Litehouse Dried Dill
Place all ingredients into a large mixing bowl and whisk together until completely smooth with no lumps remaining.
Pour Ranch dressing into jars with lids or airtight containers and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Dressing can not be frozen.
Recipe yields 1 gallon of Ranch Dressing. Recipe comes to 164 calories for one serving which is 2 tablespoons. Recipe yields 128 servings. Use 0% Fat Free Skim Milk to reduce the calories in this recipe.
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