Ranch dressing is a popular American salad dressing and dip that is known for its creamy texture and versatile flavor profile. It is typically made from a base of buttermilk, salt, garlic, onion, herbs (such as dill, parsley, and chives), and spices (like black pepper and paprika) mixed into a base of mayonnaise or another oil emulsion. Some variations may include sour cream or yogurt to enhance its creaminess and tang.

The dressing was created in the 1950s by Steve Henson while he was working as a plumbing contractor in Alaska, and later popularized at his Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara, California, from which the dressing got its name. It quickly became a favorite in American households due to its rich flavor and versatility. Ranch dressing can be used as a dressing for salads, a dip for vegetables, a topping for baked potatoes, and even as a flavoring for snacks like popcorn and chips.Ranch dressing is celebrated for its creamy texture that perfectly balances the tanginess of the buttermilk and the zestiness of the herbs and spices. It’s a staple in American cuisine and has inspired a wide range of culinary uses beyond its original purpose.

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