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Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is a popular, creamy salad dressing and dipping sauce known for its tangy buttermilk base and zesty herb flavors. Originating in the United States, it has become a beloved household staple for its rich, savory taste and versatile applications in both casual and upscale culinary settings. Created in the 1950s by Steve Henson, a Nebraska native, ranch dressing is frequently used with salads, raw or cooked vegetables, potato dishes, and as a dip for fried foods, wings, and pizza. Its convenience and varied uses have made it a consistent favorite in American cuisine and beyond.
#1
IN SALAD DRESSINGS
430
CAL / 100G
$0.16
AVG / OZ
ranch dressing
11%
CARBS
86%
FAT
3%
PROTEIN
Ranch Dressing FAQ
Cooking with ranch dressing doesn't have to be limited to just using it as a dip or salad dressing. Its unique blend of herbs and spices can enhance the flavors of a variety of dishes. People often have questions about how to properly use it in recipes, whether it changes the cooking process, or how it can be used in unique ways. Some common mistakes people make are overusing it or not considering it as a cooking ingredient, which can lead to a bland or overly heavy dish. To get the most out of ranch, it's important to use it sparingly and thoughtfully, treating it like any other spice or sauce. One little known trick is that it can be used as a marinade or in a rub for meats. There are also homemade versions, allowing you to adjust the flavor profile to better suit your dish. You can add more herbs for a fresher taste, or more buttermilk for a tangier flavor. It's also a healthier option as store-bought versions tend to have additives and preservatives.
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What unexpected dishes can I use ranch dressing in?
Can I make my own ranch dressing?
Is homemade ranch better than store bought?
Can I use ranch dressing as a marinade?
Is ranch dressing unhealthy?
I don't like the taste of ranch, what can I add to make it better?
How can I thin out thick ranch dressing?
Can I use ranch dressing instead of mayonnaise in recipes?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does ranch dressing expire?
Unopened bottle of ranch dressing lasts anywhere from 12 to 18 months past its printed date when kept in pantry. Once opened, regardless of whether it's store-bought or homemade, the dressing usually stays fresh for about 1-2 weeks when refrigerated. If frozen, ranch dressing can extend its shelf-life up to 6 months.
How do you tell if ranch dressing is bad?
To check if ranch dressing has expired, look for changes in its appearance, smell or taste. This may include separation of the ingredients, unusual color change or mold growth. An off or sour smell is also a clear sign the dressing has spoiled. Always discard suspect dressings and be aware that using spoiled dressing can be a health risk.
Tips for storing ranch dressing to extend shelf life
• Always tighten the cap of the bottle after use to maintain freshness • Refrigerate after opening, and keep it at the back of the fridge where it’s coldest. This can help maintain its freshness for longer • Use a clean utensil every time to scoop the dressing to avoid contamination • For freezing, pour the dressing into an airtight bag or container leaving an inch of headspace for expansion, then squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing.
EXPIRES WITHIN
7 - 11
MONTHS
Health Info
Macros
1g
CARBS
13g
FAT
0g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
Contains these allergens
MILK
EGGS
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