Until about a year ago, I’ve typically purchased salad dressings from stores instead of making my own. I recently discovered just how easy it is to make your own. I don’t know exactly why it took me so long to recognize this! I guess it’s because my skills as a cook are very modest. To me I focused more on gathering around the table, and little bit less on what we were eating. But I’m growing, learning and being patient with myself as I acquire new skills in the kitchen.
After I tested this recipe myself, I decided to share how to make it with my son, John, who loves Ranch dressing. He likes to use Ranch for various types of dipping, such as French fries, or pizza crusts. My son is 25 and is slowly growing his skills in the kitchen too. He’s a musician/artist so I think he’s seeing more and more how cooking relates to creative skills. Here he is shaking up the dressing.
The recipe we used (I looked at several recipes online, and modified to settle on this very basic version-you can modify to your tastes):
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 cup mayo
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 2 T fresh parsley
- 2 T chives
- 1 tsp white wine vinegar
Shake up the contents in a Mason jar or other container, and you have a delicious Ranch dressing.
I’ve learned to consider more carefully the choices I’m making in the kitchen. It’s easy to do things the way you have always done in the past just because it’s more efficient. But the quality of what you eat really makes a difference. Why not choose to make a better version of what you’re eating than settle on something that might have preservatives and other ingredients that you really don’t want to consume?
There’s a huge payoff in learning what you can make yourself. All it requires is a few extra moments of consideration as you plan your grocery list, and a few more minutes in the kitchen as you are preparing the meal. But you’ll feel better, have more fun in the kitchen, and feel mighty proud for having made something so delicious with your own two hands.