Homemade Ranch

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I try to make as much as I can from real ingredients – avoiding pre-jarred and pre-bottled as often as possible. So when I wanted to make Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad – I wanted to make the dressing myself. The biggest deterent to making things with bottled ingredients is the stuff they put into it to make is “shelf-stable”. Which is not always the stuff you want your family to be eating. That’s how I developed my own Homemade Veggie Dip recipe.

Homemade Ranch

Chives are the real key to getting the right flavor. You can find it mixed in with the selection of fresh herbs at your typical grocer. I do tend to get the organic variety but you really don’t have to. You can also use “freeze dried” if you aren’t able to find it fresh.

Homemade Ranch

I usually use 5% Greek Yogurt – which means it has a whole milk yogurt. That’s means it has the most of the fats – but it’s the good kind of fats. You can certainly use the 2% or 0% versions if you are not doing #keto – but honestly, these are the fats you want. Fage is my favorite brand – mostly because they are one of the only brands the lets you buy essentially 1 cup of plain Greek Yogurt. Most others make you buy 32 ounces or more. Which if you aren’t making a bunch of stuff with it in a week – it goes to waste! You can add more or less heavy cream, to get the consistency you want.

Now Let’s Get Cookin’!


Homemade Ranch

A simple but full of flavor veggies dip for all your salads and veggie sides!


  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt Plain
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Chives chopped
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 tsp Dill
  • 1 Garlic Clove minced
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and store in refrigerator until ready to serve – up to 1 week.

Estelle Forrest self-published this cookbook after a lot of playing around in the kitchen. You can purchase your own copy here:


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Published by Estelle Forrest

I am a lot of things – wife, mother, daughter, sister, niece, friend, business owner, volunteer, and a home chef. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of my adult life and plan to stay forever – while traveling a lot. I am currently running a General Contracting business with my husband out of our home. Between us we have 6 kids in our blended family, 4 of which live with us full-time. We are a highly active family during the week – sports, bands, dance classes – as well as on the weekend – camping, hiking, car shows, and concerts. We like to go go go, but when it comes to dinnertime, we mostly like to dine-in! I love to create things with my hands and have probably tried almost every craft out there at least once or twice. Cooking is a huge part of my life. No matter what anyone says – you can taste the difference in the food if it was made with love. Some of the simplest meals can be elevated so much when they are cooked with care. Pouring love into the meals I create brings a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction, not only to me, but to the people I care about.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Ranch

  1. shelbeeontheedge1 – Watertown, NY – Over 40 Blogger living on the edge of sanity, midlife, and fashion. Army wife, boymom, and serious coffee drinker.
    shelbeeontheedge1 says:

    Yum. I love homemade ranch and usually stick with my own recipe, but I think I might give this a try with the yogurt! Thanks for sharing and linking with me!


  2. The ingredients look great. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing with us over at the Homestead Blog Hop! I hope we see more.

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