Sun Dried Tomato Ranch Dressing
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Serves: about 1 cup
Homemade dressing is easy to make, and so much better than store-bought! Fresh herbs bring this ranch dressing to life, and the addition of sun dried tomatoes adds an extra dimension of flavor.
  • 3 TBSP real mayonnaise
  • 3 TBSP sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 TBSP finely chopped sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil (this was about 2-3 tomatoes from my jar)
  • 2 TBSP fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 TBSP fresh chives, finely chopped
  • ½ TBSP fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice (or white wine vinegar)
  • ¼-1/2 cup cultured buttermilk, as needed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Peel the garlic, and crush it into a paste, along with a pinch of salt, using a mortar and pestle. If you don't have a mortar and pestle, you can finely chop the garlic and smash it on your cutting board with the side of your knife.
  2. Add all of the ingredients except the buttermilk, salt, and pepper to a bowl, and stir to combine. Add the buttermilk to thin the dressing to desired consistency -- you can keep it thick like a dip, or thin it down to make a dressing. If your buttermilk is too thick to thin the dressing as much as you'd like, you can add a little water.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and if you feel it needs a little more of one herb or another, or a bit more lemon juice, adjust as needed.
The chopped sun dried tomatoes make this dressing a little chunky. If you'd prefer a smoother dressing, you can make it this way:

Add the sun dried tomatoes and garlic to the food processor, and pulse until finely chopped. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, and process until completely smooth (adding a little buttermilk if necessary). Add in the herbs, some of the buttermilk, and lemon, and pulse until the herbs are finely chopped and evenly distributed throughout the dressing. Add more buttermilk as needed to thin to desired consistency, and season to taste with more salt.

Recipe adapted from THIS RECIPE from Foodie Crush.
Recipe by Will Cook For Friends at