12 Must-Make Recipes for Ranch-Lovers

updated Mar 9, 2021
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Ranch is one of those true American classics. It was created in the early 1950s by Steve Henson, who had begun cooking for his coworkers and mastering his buttermilk dressing recipe. Later, when Henson and his wife moved to California, his dressing became a staple at their ranch (named, you guessed it, Hidden Valley Ranch!), and they began to sell it to guests and supermarkets in the area before eventually selling it to Clorox, who would go on to make it a staple in American fridges.

Ranch dressing can’t be beat for simple salads or as a dip for veggies. However, these days, ranch is so much more than just a dressing: The seasoning for ranch is usually a variation of parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, chives, and dill. That particular combination of herbs and seasonings has taken on a life of its own. You can use a packet (or make your own mix) to season tacos, creamy orzo skillets, or even quick bread.

Whether you want to keep it classic or try out ranch in a completely new way, we’ve compiled 12 must-make recipes for all the ranch-lovers out there.

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Quick Ranch Dressing
Forget the bottled stuff: Homemade ranch dressing is one of the most refreshing ways to dress a salad.
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DIY Ranch Mix
Ranch seasoning mix is nothing more than a simple blend of dried herbs, spices, salt, and pepper.
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BBQ Ranch Chicken Bites
All you need is chicken, ranch dressing, and barbecue sauce to reach BBQ ranch nirvana.
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King Ranch Casserole
This from-scratch version of King Ranch Casserole gets rid of the cans and is destined to become a modern-day classic.
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Baby Beet and Carrot Salad with Herbed Yogurt Ranch
This salad features tender beets, quick-roasted carrots, and tangy beet greens. A creamy ranch-style dressing made with Greek yogurt, green onions, and herbs brings it all together.
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Buttermilk Ranch Potato Salad
This recipe blends the delicious comforts of traditional potato salad with another American favorite: ranch dressing.
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Easy Ranch Quick Bread
All the very herby flavor of homemade ranch dressing in a hearty, easy-to-make quick bread.
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Smoky Tofu, Zucchini, and Zesty Ranch Club Sandwiches
Smoky tofu gets grilled until charred and crispy, then layered onto toasted wheat bread, stacked with fresh lettuce and tomatoes, and finished with a zesty ranch dressing you'll want to put on everything.
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Smoky Ranch Dip with Charred Kale
The best dip of the summer starts on your grill! Aside from being a great way to get kids their greens, this dip is delicious with crudités.
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Ranch Chicken Wraps
Need a dinner recipe that’s sure to get everyone to the table? We’re calling on a homemade ranch to get the job done. In 15 minutes you’ll have a fresh home-cooked meal so good you might even call it a miracle.
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Cheesy Ranch Chicken and Bacon Foil Packs
Juicy, ranch-flavored chicken is covered with cheese and paired with bacon for an easy meal everyone at the table will love.
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Romaine and Celery Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
A fresh, crunchy salad tossed with a creamy buttermilk ranch dressing.
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