Ranch salad dressing has gone astray from its original tangy buttermilk-herb recipe first created for guests at a real place called the Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara, California. Hidden Valley sold out for the big bucks, turning its recipe into a bottled, mass-produced, sludgy mess that Americans love. But just because lots of people douse the white goop on everything from pizza to french fries is no reason you should. Throw away your preservative-laden bottled dressing and start shaking up your own.
Game plan: You’ll need to make our Basic Mayonnaise recipe before you begin.