7.07.2010

Wednesday's In the Garden- Week 5


I am still playing the waiting game on most of our garden foods. But, herbs we have more than enough of.
My favorite thing to do with them is make homemade dressings, especially ranch. If you have never made your own ranch you are in for a treat. I started my experimenting from the recipe below. It is a nice jumping off point from which you can adjust to suit your taste.

* Depending on the size of your garlic, one fresh clove is usually enough.
* Some fresh dill is a great addition, I actually can't believe it was left out of this recipe. You can cut back on the other herbs a bit.
* You can easily change the mayo. to buttermilk ratio, depending on if you like your ranch thin (which I like for salads) or thicker (good for dipping chicken wings and vegetables.)
*Perfect for container gardeners: Chives, dill, parsley can all be easily grown in small pots in a sunny window for fresh picking.
Enjoy! xoxo- A.

Ranch Dressing via Food Network
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup prepared or homemade mayonnaise
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 scallion, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper   

    Mash the garlic and salt to a paste with the side of a chef's knife. In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, mayonnaise, 1/4 cup buttermilk, parsley, chives, scallion, vinegar and pepper to taste. If the sauce is very thick, thin the dressing with a couple tablespoons more of the buttermilk. Use immediately or store covered, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days. 

    10 comments:

    resolute twig said...

    That sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing :)

    Gudrun from Kitchen Gadget Girl said...

    Great way to use herbs from the garden, thanks for sharing! Hope you might consider joining in the Grow Your Own blogging event, more details available here:

    http://www.kitchengadgetgirl.com/2010/07/01/announcing-gyo-for-july-grow-your-own-and-share/

    Char said...

    yum!!! i will have to try that as we love it with our wings

    Love_Again said...

    you can never have too many fresh herbs as far as i am concerned!

    i love the little sprigs, tied with string..

    melinda jayne said...

    the dressing sounds wonderful. i will have to try it. love the wednesday garden feature.

    melinda @ mjk-eyeswideopen.com

    Elaine said...

    I also have lots of herbs. I've never tried the ranch though. I'll have to do it.

    nacherluver said...

    I knew there had to be an easy way to make a ranch dressing! Thanks for the recipe :)

    Queen of the Rant said...

    Oh wow, I love the garden posts, everything looks great and I will surely try that ranch dressing, mmmm, now I am hungry

    Leah said...

    loving herbs. and i am quite in love with homemade pesto.

    Ryan said...

    I have been doing this recipe every day since you posted it --- but I modified it to 1 cup of plain cream on top yogurt and 2-3 tbsp of mayo. I also start with fresh garlic crushed with Himalayan salt as a base and then I mix in the rest of the ingredients. It tastes so good we eat about a jar a day! Thanks for sharing -- you have enlightened our summer salad possibilities the past week!!