The first time I made homemade Ranch dressing, it was good, but I still felt the need to tweek the recipe.  What a lovely dressing this turned out to be!  Most recipes call for buttermilk, I used Kefir milk and it turned out great.
1 Tblsp. finely diced shallot
1 finely minced garlic clove
2 Tblsp. finely chopped chives
1 rounded tsp. Dill Weed
1 tsp. dried Basil
1/2 tsp. dried Thyme
1/2 - 2/3 cup Kefir milk (or buttermilk) (I used 2/3 cup which made the dressing on the runny side - but we liked the consistency)
4 heaping Tblsp. Mayonnaise
1 rounded tsp. Dijon Mustard
1 Tblsp. fresh Lemon Juice
salt and pepper to taste
Dice up the shallot, and finely mince the garlic and finely chopped chives.  Add to a bowl.  Add the remaining ingredients, whisking well to incorporate.  Transfer to a pourable salad dressing jar.  (I use jam jars - they work great!)  This dressing tastes better if made in the morning, to have with the evening meal.
Salad anyone?
Or how about Ranch Dressing with Spicy Terriaki Wings?  Yum!

Ina Gawne
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    1. Thanks Shirley! We also discovered, kefir milk added to burgers makes the most tender burgers in the world! Love love it! I am sure buttermilk would work the same way if you don't have kefir milk.

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June 12, 2011