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Ranch Dressing

Candy Jun 19, 2007 01:02 PM

I was making a chorizo taco salad last night and decided I would like some cool creamy ranch dressing on the greens for some contrast. Did not want to go to the store for buttermilk. I used 1/2 C. Hellman's, 1/3 C. Fage yogurt, 2 Tbs. buttermilk powder and the juice of about 2 limes. Whipped it up then added 1/4 C. fresh chopped chives and a good grinding of blck pepper. It was delicious and I have enough for a couple more salads. Give it a try. It certainly was faster than going to the store and back and it is 5 mins.away. It was very fresh tasting and had just a faint hint of sweetness.

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  1. THenderson RE: Candy Jun 19, 2007 01:59 PM

    Thanks, Candy - we had a salad last night that this would've been perfect for. I can't stomach store bought ranch and mixes, so I make them - this sounds like a great version with a nice tang. I've been wanting to try Fage yogurt. I keep reading about it -- do you think it'd be likely that I'd find it at Whole Foods?

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      izzizzi RE: THenderson Jun 19, 2007 02:01 PM

      Whole Foods will certainly carry it. It's so thick, even the fat free is so good it tasts like whole-milk regular yogurt.

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        THenderson RE: izzizzi Jun 19, 2007 02:06 PM

        I can't wait - I've read about it so much on chowhound - and everytime I'm at WF - I forget to look, I get home, and I'm mad at myself for forgetting! I can already tell it will become a staple for me....good breakfast idea with fruit/honey etc. yum. thanks for the info, izzizzi.

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          bitsubeats RE: izzizzi Jun 20, 2007 02:15 PM

          I only eat fat free fage yogurt and you're right, its so thick you can't even tell its fat free. Plus it's only 80 (I think) calories until I throw in honey and lots of berries

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            THenderson RE: bitsubeats Jun 24, 2007 01:59 PM

            Bought Fage - instantly addicted. The 0% is great, the 2% is heavenly....didn't try full fat, couldn't bring myself to do the 20g of fat per serving. But, who cares when the 0 and 2 percent are SO good. Thank you to those of you who've raved - you're right.

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              Candy RE: THenderson Jun 24, 2007 03:12 PM

              I had used full fat. What I can get is sometimes limited. I was in Indiananpolis this after noon and got 2% to try. I've never seen it in Bloomington.

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                pikawicca RE: Candy Jun 24, 2007 04:21 PM

                SM has it sometimes, but it goes fast.

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                  Candy RE: pikawicca Jun 24, 2007 05:32 PM

                  Oh well, it was really good with the full fat. Doug bought a full qt. of buttermilk for me to make more. I ony need about 3/4 C. so i guess there is some corn breasd, biscuits and fried chicken coming up.

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                    THenderson RE: Candy Jun 24, 2007 06:49 PM

                    hey candy.....i'm going to make this for a couple different salads this week...I too have a quart of lowfat buttermilk - how much would you suggest I use? I am not familiar with the powder, so not sure how that translates into an amt. for liquid in terms of flavor etc. thanks!

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                      Candy RE: THenderson Jun 26, 2007 01:02 PM

                      I would just us 1/2 C. mayo and 1/3 C. buttermilk and then my chives, balck pepper or what ever other seasonings you might like. Maybe a small clove of garlic minced and mixed in?

                      My DH usually prefers Marie's Blue Cheese but I think I have made an instant convert.

                      i usually keep the buttermilk powder on hand for baking, it keeps practically forever and liquid buttermilk does not. But I always have good mayo and yogurt on hand so it was just an inspired experiment I guess.

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                        THenderson RE: Candy Jun 28, 2007 12:46 PM

                        This dressing was great. This really is my husband's new favorite....he's also a big time blue cheese guy. thanks again.

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                          Candy RE: THenderson Jun 28, 2007 01:43 PM

                          I am glad it worked out well. When my Dh went to the store for me the other day he brought home butter milk, I asked what for? He said more ranch dressing, I guess we are going to have to evaluate the 2 side by side to see which version we prefer. Now at least i can have something besides Blue cheese in the fridge. I think I am probably going to like the yogurt one better.

      2. DiveFan RE: Candy Jun 19, 2007 08:19 PM

        I'm looking forward to trying this because a Really good ranch dressing recipe is hard to find. Is buttermilk powder easy to find?
        Note to THenderson - I haven't bought *bottled* ranch dressing in a long time because it tastes horrible. The expensive HR brand dry spice packet works OK though.

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          Candy RE: DiveFan Jun 20, 2007 03:26 AM

          Buttermilk powder is in a round squat cannister with a red lid. I'd take a pix but my camera bit the dust last week and my new one has not yet arrived. Most often it is stocked in the baking section of the grocery. Sacco is the brand, refergerate after opening. It is meant to be used dry and not to be reconstituted. If it is not near the flour etc. check where they stock dried milk. It is a baking product though and not meant to be used as dairy.

        2. Davwud RE: Candy Jun 20, 2007 04:44 AM

          But if I have to go to the store for chives and yogurt..........


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            Candy RE: Davwud Jun 20, 2007 08:32 AM

            Not if you get some chives going in a pot or herb bed. It never goes away and is always on hand. But yeah if you have to go you gotta go.

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              mschow RE: Candy Jun 20, 2007 09:17 AM

              Candy is correct. Go buy a few chive plants; they live through the winter, even here in NJ. Also, Rosemary and Sage will winter over and if you plants are healthy through the summer, they should be fine through the winter. You can grow them in a pot outside, if you want.
              Free, and readily available herbs all year round. Yum.

              1. re: mschow
                Davwud RE: mschow Jun 20, 2007 11:17 AM

                I've never really had much luck growing herbs at home.


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                  Candy RE: Davwud Jun 20, 2007 11:45 AM

                  Seems like with chives you just plant them and stand back. Oh and Chinese chives like mint will take over everything. All they need is a litle water and some benign neglect and they will thrive.

          2. macca RE: Candy Jun 20, 2007 04:51 AM

            Sounds good- and would make a great dip for a vegatable platter, too. Will have to check out the buttermilk powder. I always have the Fave 0% on hand- love it for breakfast with fruit and honey, and it also makes a great marinade- so far I have only used it to marinate lamb ( with lots of garlic), but iwll try it on ckicken soon. Thanks for the rcipe.

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              Pampatz RE: Candy Jun 20, 2007 02:59 PM

              Sounds great. We hate bottled ranch.
              What would you think about a little chopped cilantro in the dressing for a taco salad? I think cilantro has such a refreshing taste.

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                Tatania RE: Candy Jun 24, 2007 04:24 PM

                We make ranch at home frequently with a recipe similar to this. This evening I added a good dollop of garlic scapes pesto, and we had to restrain ourselves from having at it with spoons.

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