It’s too hot to cook: Ranch Dressing with a Kick

August 10th, 2008 by katie

Ranch with a kick

We’re getting into that ridiculously hot stretch of summer. The last couple of weeks before school starts: when the heat is so oppressive that the thought of eating anything not straight from the refrigerator turns the stomach a bit. To combat this, I’ve been experimenting with salads and homemade salad dressings (that and trying out the few new restaurants in town).

This dressing is an easy way to make plain old ranch a lot more exciting. It is flavorful and slightly spicy with a nice thick, yet pourable consistency. Delicious on salads, it is also a great dip for chicken fingers or oven fries. I would love to make it totally from scratch one day. This makes me feel fancy enough for now though, I mean I am stirring the ranch mix into the mayonnaise. That’s from scratch, right?

Kicked-up Ranch Dressing

makes 1 1/2 cups, prep: 5 min, chill: 30 min +
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (any substitutions at at your own risk! Light mayo would work fine but miracle whip-I think not.)
  • 1 0.4 oz buttermilk ranch dressing mix packet (about 1 tbsp mix)
  • 1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup milk, any kind
  • dash tabasco sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients, mixing well.
  2. Don’t bother tasting it at this point, it will be thin and bland. Just put it into a seal-able container and put it in the fridge to chill at least 1/2 an hour.
  3. Now taste it and adjust seasonings as needed. Like magic, it should have thickened up nicely and the flavor will be really punched up.

Calories per tbsp: 42

I like to serve this simply over a green salad with homemade croutons and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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2 Responses

  1. noble pig

    What a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

  2. J Smith

    Tabasco would be interesting. I always add 2 orange habeneros to my ranch dressing for an extra quick. It gives it that je ne sais quois dimension. With the extra kick, I can eat my version of a cobb salad for 3-4 weeks everyday. I like to change it up by using taco meat or grilled shrimp when I get tired of chicken.

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