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Homemade Ranch Dressing

By , from the Megan Scott collection
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield ¾ cup


Serve this dip with fresh young raw okra as an appetizer.


¾ cup plain whole-milk yogurt
3 Tbsp. buttermilk powder (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
1 scallion, minced, or 1 tablespoon minced chives
1 Tbsp. minced basil
1 Tbsp. minced cilantro or parsley (optional)
1 garlic clove, minced or grated on a rasp grater
1 Tbsp. lime juice
~ Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all the ingredients, whisking to incorporate the buttermilk powder. Let stand, refrigerated, for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle. Serve cold.

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1. by anonymous on Sep 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM PDT

Hi, I’m pretty sure I can’t get buttermilk powder where I stay. Is there any substitute that I can use? Or is it okay to do without the buttermilk powder altogether?

2. by Megan Scott on Sep 20, 2012 at 9:14 AM PDT

You can absolutely do without the buttermilk powder. I liked the extra tang it gave the dressing, and it also helped thicken it a bit. However, if you wanted to use buttermilk for part of the yogurt, you could do that. You could also substitute dry milk powder for the buttermilk powder (it wouldn’t alter the flavor--just the texture).
If you’re interested in finding buttermilk powder, Bob’s Red Mill sells it ( ).

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