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The way people feel about ranch is the way some guys feel about mayo: It makes everything better. Unlike mayo, however, ranch has a distinct flavor from the tangy buttermilk and fresh herbs within it. Used as a dressing or as a dip, ranch is creamy and goes especially well with light lettuces, crunchy vegetables, and fried food. Ranch is a cool complement to fiery hot sauce and buffalo-flavored dishes too. Don't buy a bottle of ranch dressing though. To start, try our recipe for a homemade version of ranch dressing with fresh chives, parsley, and buttermilk. Then try the following recipes. Get more dressing recipes and more dip recipes.