Homemade Ranch Dressing for Salad, Salmon, and More

Nothing beats this little homemade dressing.  There is no better salad dressing, dip, or base to mix in with canned salmon, chicken, or even potato salads.  In the following video, I show how to prepare the dressing and also how it can be used to make a quick batch of salmon salad and a side salad as well.  This is a must-item to make a large batch of and keep on hand.  It tastes amazing, is highly versatile, and keeps well for weeks and beyond. 

Homemade Ranch Ingredients:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups sour cream/creme fraiche
  • 1-2T chopped thyme
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions/green onions
  • Lots of black pepper
  • Money Spice to taste

Feel free to embellish with other herbs such as chives, dill, fresh garlic, etc. 

Salmon Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 can pink salmon
  • Big blob of homemade ranch dressing
  • 1 stalk finely-diced celery

This is great with leftover chopped chicken, boiled and diced potatoes, tuna, and so on instead of the salmon.

Easy Tossed Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 Romaine heart – chopped
  • Big blob of homemade ranch dressing

Toss and add whatever ingredients you like, from warm, chopped bacon to big hunks of cheese to hard-boiled eggs.

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  1. What is Money Spice?

    • https://180kitchen.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/homemade-seasoning-mix/

      That’s money spice….

      • Could you put the links in a more obvious colour? The phrase “Money Spice” in the ingredient list is almost identical to the rest of the words. Only close inspection reveals a slight difference.
        I made some of this mixture but did not like the taste. Too salty, for a start, so I threw it away. Definitely not magical to my taste.

  2. Matt… I love having an alternative for Ranch. I’m not a ranch person as I didn’t grow up with it, but the lady I cook for loves creamy dips etc. I’ve tried it out on her twice and she doesn’t notice any difference. Did I mention she is about to turn 90 and has dementia?

    Seriously, I now feel good being able to serve this and not have to use packaged crap, so thank you.

    Re: money spice… I’m gonna up the salt just a little in mine.

    Thanks mate!

    • Yep. I love me some of that ranch. It comes out tasting more like a spicy onion dip more than anything. It’s amazing how flexible it is. It makes great potato salad and tuna salad. I even used it as a pizza sauce for some friends that came over this week. Came out great.

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