Homemade Ranch: Part One, Classic Edition

dipYou can thank Julie Robles— chef, friend and ambassador of deliciousness– for this amazing recipe. Her ranch, as a dip or salad dressing, is so good I basically want to fall head first into it and lick the bowl clean. It calls for dried herbs, which I normally shy away from since I’m lucky enough to live where fresh herbs grow year around. But as we head into winter, it’s nice to have options when fresh herbs aren’t available.  The dried herbs give those traditional ranchy green flecks, but besides that similarity, this ranch goes way beyond anything of the Hidden Valley variety.

Once mixed, you can store it in a mason jar or container of choice in the fridge for about a week. Note about dried herbs: they don’t keep well for long once opened, so taste yours before mixing them up.

Julie’s Classic Ranch


1 cup buttermilk

1 cup mayonnaise — Julie recommends Best Foods or Hellman’s for all you East Coasters

½ teaspoon garlic powder or one fresh garlic clove

¾ teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dried dill weed

½ teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Dash of Tabasco


Whisk ingredients until smooth and “ranchy.” If you want to jazz it up, you can add a squeeze of lemon juice and some fresh chives.  You’re so fancy!

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6 thoughts on “Homemade Ranch: Part One, Classic Edition”

This sounds great, i think I will make half the recipe. I grow and dry my herbs, they get used up during the winter, but luckily I can get fresh parsley and celantro from my Piggly Wiggly when I want. I just jarred my dried Oregano. Thanks for the recipe.

I put on my fabulous new apron on for the first time as I cooked for a dinner party last week and…magically…. I turned into Valerie. I am serious, nothing burned, everything tasted and looked amazing, and I even felt like I belonged in a Santa Barbara magazine feature article…..those aprons really do the trick, Val, I may start entertaining more…Please make some for the kiddos too as my daughter is wants one too…who wouldn’t?

🙂 par


You’re so sweet. I’m sure the party was a success and that you looked great in your apron. I hope you feel inspired to entertain more and look for kids aprons at some point in the near future.


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