Like me, you may have wondered before how you can make your own ranch. I remember when using the hidden valley packet seemed pretty advanced to me. I thought it had to be made with some kind of secret combination I could never match the quality of myself. Until now…
That’s right. Making ranch is way easier than I thought and it’s incredibly easy to put your own spin on, too. Very few ingredients are required.
Base: I use either organic mayo and sour cream, 1/2 cup each or you can make a cashew cream if you’re vegan.
For the non-vegan mayo, if you want it a little thinner you can add a little olive or avocado oil.
To make cashew cream, you can blend 1 cup cashews with somewhere between 1/2 and 3/4 c of water depending on the desired thickness. I.e. are you making ranch for a salad or a dip? You can always add a bit more water and recombine later. The next step for the cashew creme is simply to blend with about 1/4 tablespoon if you want and I consider that even to be unnecessary. You will have some leftover for this recipe and this can be incorporates into spreads, dips or pasta sauces. This mixes well with nutritional yeast for a delectably cheezy flavor.
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped. To finely mince the fresh garlic and make it into a paste, sprinkle some salt on it and finely chop. Then, press the side of the knife down on the garlic, allowing it to compress and release juices. You can leave the garlic out if you’re insane. I use 2 cloves because I’m very Italian and it takes the sauce up a major notch in my book.
1 tsp each of dried and minced or granulated onions, garlic and chives.
Salt to taste depending on how much you salted the garlic and personal preferences.I probably used about 1/4 tsp or so
Mix. I like to put mine in the refrigerator for an hour or two before consuming but I’ve also had it right away too. It’s just ideal if the flavors get to combine for a bit.
That’s all you need to do! This can be a great way to enhance your favorite homemade pizza using my Italian grain free flatbread recipe, veggies or anything you like! I hope you enjoy this and feel free to let us know how you incorporated your ranch down below.