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Homemade Creamy Ranch Dressing

Gardening Joneshomegrown greens with Creamy Ranch Dressing.

Years ago when we owned a restaurant, we used to make all of the salad dressing, sauces and salsas from scratch; now it is still second nature and we do smaller batches just for family.

Not only does homemade taste better, you can eliminate a lot of the unnecessary ingredients found in most commercially made dressings, and save money as well. After you have gone through all the trouble of growing your own greens, why put junk on them, right?

Here is our original Creamy Ranch Dressing recipe:

4 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
splash lemon juice
dash each salt & pepper

Simply blend the ingredients.

Some things have changed over the years. We no longer use commercially made mayonnaise, primarily because of all the additives.

And although homemade mayo is wonderful, even backyard chicken eggs may be dangerous if consumed raw, so much for that.

And now the new version:

1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup soft soy*
2 tsp. sugar

Again, just blend all ingredients together.

You can also make a vegan version using the soy and veganaise.

You can also bump up the flavor by adding ingredients such as fresh or ground dried cucumbers and dill, chopped onions and garlic, and so on. Hmmm … perhaps some home dried and ground tomato powder would give it that fresh tomato taste we cannot find here in the off season.

Try a few versions for yourself, and have fun.