Homemade Buttermilk Dressing (Dry Mix)
(Update: I omit the buttermilk powder when I make this so it’s dairy free. Just use less of the seasoning when you mix up a batch of paleo ranch because it will be more potent.)
There are a lot of recipes for homemade buttermilk dressing floating around the internet, but most of them call for fresh herbs. (Pioneer Woman has a great recipe using fresh herbs that can be a starting point for all kinds of add-ins.)
When I finally found (and tweaked) this recipe using all dried ingredients, I was happy to have a ready-to-use blend in my pantry. Sometimes I just don’t feel like chopping a bunch of herbs. (Or spending a lot of money on herbs when my herb garden isn’t doing so well. Or is non-existent. Like right now.)
I do want to. . . (warn?) tell you that this doesn’t taste exactly like the little packets you get at the store. It’s hard to compete with monosodium glutamate (MSG), but I’m OK with my tongue not being tricked. I really like this version, and I hope you do, too.
I like to make my dressing in a quart-size mason jar. I have a serious crush on mason jars.
That’s the jar holding my homemade olive oil mayonnaise. (Remember?) It’s not lemon curd or hollandaise, despite its crazy yellow color.
Just dump 1/4 cup of dry mix on top.
Add the buttermilk.
And whisk (or shake) like there’s no tomorrow. Have you ever used a ball whisk? It’s my new favorite gadget. It gets into corners and edges a lot better than a regular whisk. I didn’t even need a spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of my mason jar.
This dressing is seriously versatile. You could add some pureed chipotle. Or cilantro, jalapeno, and tomatillo to make a mexi version. (Cafe Rio knock off? :)) Extra garlic or Parmesan cheese would be nice, or BBQ sauce & bits of crispy bacon. Mmm. You can even use it as a spice rub or a popcorn seasoning.
Homemade Buttermilk (Ranch) Dressing - Dry Mix
Yield: 1 cup of mix
1/2 cup dry buttermilk powder (see note)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons freeze dried chives
1 1/2 teaspoons dillweed
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container. If the buttermilk powder you bought required refrigeration after opening, then store the mixture in the fridge.
Makes about 1 cup of mix.
Homemade Buttermilk Dressing
1/4 cup Homemade Buttermilk Dressing Mix
1 cup mayonnaise (try homemade!)
1 cup buttermilk or regular milk
Whisk together all ingredients and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
1. Try looking for buttermilk powder in the baking aisle or the bulk section of your grocery store.
2. You can also use sour cream or plain yogurt in place of mayonnaise or do half and half.
3. I realize that using buttermilk when there is already buttermilk powder in the mix is sort of redundant, but I liked the extra tang. Use regular milk or even water if you like. Try adding less at first if you want the dressing to be thick.
adapted from the Coconut & Lime blog