Real Ranch Dressing

I’ve always been mystified by ranch dressing. What exactly is in those mysterious packets and bottles that are labeled “ranch?” This is a lot more work to create, but now I know what ranch dressing really is!

(By the way, if you’ve always wondered about those mysterious bottles and packets labeled “Italian,” I also have a great recipe for that.)

1 C mayonnaise
1 t onion salt
1/4 t dried chives
1/4 t dried parsley
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t salt
1/4 t white pepper
Pinch of oregano
1 C buttermilk

Put all ingredients except for the buttermilk in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Stir to combine, then blend with an electric mixer for about a half minute at medium speed, until smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and blend the mixture on high speed, gradually adding the buttermilk and beating for a couple of minutes until it’s very smooth.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. Stir well before serving.