Thursday, May 10, 2012

buttermilk ranch + a salad of red lettuce, tomato, corn & pecans

you know how posh spice goes to classy restaurants and orders arugula sans dressing?

what do you think she'd think about this ranch? what if i somehow managed to lock her in my kitchen and force her to eat a plate of arugula doused in this ranch dressing?

i'd automatically become her least favorite person in america.

i'm a ranch freak, of the non-bottled variety.

if it were up to me, hidden valley would forever stay hidden. in its valley.

but homemade ranch, This homemade ranch! .....a sauce to be cherished for sure.

this is gonna be easy. check out these ingredients.

chives and parsley..their freshness is unbeatable.
garlic. salt. pepper. really?! no way! you have these things. yes way.

buttermilk. sour cream. how can this go wrong?

mayonnaise. 'mayonnaise is my favorite thing!', said no one ever.

..i know i know, but really, there is a time and a place for mayonnaise. ranch is just one of those times.

stir. refrigerate. done. that's literally it. that took 5 minutes. and it's so balls out delicious you'll want to smack yourself for not churning out homemade ranch sooner.

put it on everything..french fries, supa crunchy celery, pizza, hashbrowns with arugula. and salad, salad that you actually crave. salad that you'll gladly eat 5 plates of.

i'm obsessed with the taste of buttery pecans and fresh corn together..

this plus this.

i threw together a salad that marries those flavors with a couple simple lovely things from the market...pretty lettuce, juicy tomatoes, crisp slivers of onion. AND THE RANCH.

it's creamy, but it's not heavy. it tastes fresh and tangy. this is salad done right.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

1 cup real mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper
hot sauce

mince the garlic, then sprinkle about 1/4 tsp salt onto the garlic and mash with a fork into a thick paste. 
in a bowl combine all the ingredients except for the buttermilk. stir. whisk in the buttermilk until you've reached your desired consistency. taste and season. add a dash of hot sauce. chill for a few hours before serving. can thin with a little buttermilk or milk when it comes out of the fridge if you'd like. 

And a delicious salad..

1 head red leaf lettuce
kernals from 1-2 ears corn (can boil the ears if you prefer to eat it not raw)
handful toasted pecans
2 ripe tomatoes
slivered red onion
buttermilk ranch dressing!

1 comment:

  1. To be fair, I'm betting posh spice has never even TASTED ranch dressing so with one spoonful, she'd probably be hooked. And then she would hate you forever because she'd have to eat it every day from then on. To make up for lost time.