As I have mentioned before, Ranch Dressing is not something that I care about much. This version, however, is quite tasty and easy to vary. It is from one of my favorite cookbooks, Texas Home Cooking.
3/4 c. mayonnaise
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 T minced parsley
2 t. minced onion
1-2 minced cloves garlic
1/2 t. black pepper
1/4 t. salt
splash of white vinegar, optional
Shake all ingredients together in a big jar (or whisk them together in a bowl as I do). Makes appromimately 1-1/2 cups.
Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
Add 1-2 minced fresh or pickled jalapenos
Southwestern Ranch Dressing
Use only the mayonnaise and buttermilk from the recipe above. Combine this with about two cups of fresh pico de gallo or salsa. It will turn slightly pink and have just enough picante flavor to spice it up but not be overwhelming.