For millennia generations have been dipping there spicy things into ranch dressing. Only recently has the world been turned upside down with mild things being dipped into spicy ranch. Join the revolution and make your own homemade buffalo ranch dressing with the ultimate recipe.Jump to Recipe
“Is it even a ranch if it doesn’t have buffalos?”– TEd Turner
WTF is Buffalo Ranch Dressing?
Are you tired of boring old ketchup and mustard? Are you ready to spice up your life whatever fried thing you’re eating tonight? Look no further, for buffalo ranch dressing is here to save the day.
But what the hell is it buffalo ranch dressing. Is it a buffalo trying to be a cow? Is it a cow trying to be a buffalo? No one knows, but what we do know is that it is one delicious and addictive sauce.
Some very unimagantive folks point to the buffalo wing being born in Buffalo, NY. They say buffalo ranch dressing was accidentally created when someone dipped an overly saucy buffalo wing into ranch dressing.
The buffalo sauce mixed with the ranch to create an iconic dipping sauce, an entirely new salad dressing, and the internet.
Other more exciting, yet unreliable, sources claim that buffalo ranch dressing was a gift from the sauce gods themseleves. A gift bestowed to all human kind intended to cease all arguments over “best dressing”.
Either way, buffalo ranch dressing is a nice blend of spicy and creamy. It’s pretty good, check out our recipe.
BUFFALO RANCH DRESSING
Buffalo Ranch Dressing Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe.
- Mayonnaise: Go all out and make your own if you can, otherwise use a high quality mayo, like Dukes.
- Sour Cream: You could also use greek yogurt for a healthier dressing.
- Hot Sauce: It’s all about Frank’s when it comes to the best buffalo sauce. However, thats only my humble (and correct) opinion, use your favorite.
- Buttermilk: If you’re making a ranch dressing you need buttermilk, I’m pretty sure thats the law.
- Herbs: Use fresh herbs. We use flat leaf parsley, green onions, and dill.
- Spices: We use onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, black pepper, and a little cayenne pepper for that extra punch.
- Vinegar: If you’re using a super vinegary hot sauce like tobacco you might not need this, but I like the extra acid punch it gives. We use red wine vinegar.
How to Make Buffalo Ranch Dressing
Follow these step by step instructions to make this recipe.
Step 1: Prep
Mince the dill pickle, chop your herbs, and gather the rest of your ingredients. In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients.
Step 2: Combine
Use a whisk to incorporate everything thoroughly.
Step 3: Store
Transfer to an airtight container for at least a few hours, preferably overnight.
How to Use Buffalo Ranch Dressing
This buffalo ranch dressing can be used on EVERYTHING! We love to dip our pizza or chicken nuggets into it. It is also wonderful on a Cobb or taco salad.
It’s a great sauce spread for sandwiches, especially a club sandwich. Or roast beef, I love a spicy sauce on my roast beef sandwich.
How to Store Buffalo Ranch Dressing
Store the your dressing in a clean, airtight container in the refrigerator, it’ll be good for up to a week.
Don’t freeze it though. Freezing it will affect the texture and the flavor, especially the creamy components. The sour cream and mayonnaise tend to separate after thawing, and the water and ice crystals that form during freezing can also change the texture of the dressing. Gross
Sometimes when I make this dressing it comes out more like an experimental dairy cocktail than the thick store bought dressing we’re all used to.
I’m certainly not knocking the idea of a buffalo ranch BloodyMary, but for those of you who are looking for more of a traditional consistency to your dressing, here are some tips.
One way to thicken your dressing is by using a little more mayo or sour cream. They are both high in fat they give the dressing that a wonderful creamy texture.
Simply add a few more tablespoons of sour cream or mayonnaise, one or two at time, until you get the dressing to a thicker consistency.
Another way you could thicken your dressing is by using a thickening agent like cornstarch or xanthan gum. Yeah, I don’t have any xanthan gum either.
You can also use a food processor or blender to make the dressing more homogenous. This will make it thicker, by breaking down the ingredients and making the dressing more cohesive.