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Ranch Dressing

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. 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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    1. re: THenderson

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

      1. re: izzizzi

        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.

        1. re: izzizzi

          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

          1. re: bitsubeats

            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.

            1. re: THenderson

              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.

              1. re: Candy

                SM has it sometimes, but it goes fast.

                1. re: pikawicca

                  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.

                  1. re: Candy

                    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!

                    1. re: THenderson

                      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.

                      1. re: Candy

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

                        1. re: THenderson

                          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. 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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        1. re: DiveFan

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

          DT

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          1. re: Davwud

            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.

            1. re: Candy

              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

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

                DT

                1. re: Davwud

                  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. 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.

            1. 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.

              1. 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.