While lingering over a fanciful salad I pulled together for lunch last week, my dear friend stopped eating for a moment, and said, “you know, I don’t really like vinaigrettes. I’d choose creamy dressings any old day.” I giggled, realizing I’d been feeding the poor dear vinaigrette-based dressings every time we’d pulled together a salad, and was awfully glad to know another way to treat his palate. With a garden full of fresh herbs, I figured it was about time we pulled together a salad with a proper ranch dressing. One made with garden-fresh herbs, tons of flavor, and the perfect amount of creaminess. This is our recipe. It’s simple, splendid, and waaaay better than a vinaigrette (or so says my lunch pal!).
Homemade Fresh Herb Ranch
- 2/3 cup Crema Mexicana
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 tablespoon each of fresh mint, fresh basil, fresh parsley, fresh cilantro and/or fresh sage
- 2 tablespoons fresh dill
- 3 tablespoons fresh chives
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoon goat cheese (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until herbs are finely chopped. Drizzle over your favorite summer salad or serve on fresh veggies, enjoy!
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