Ranch Dressing

The old favorite, Hidden Valley, is available at every supermarket I've ever been in — but if you feel like making your own, here's my recipe. Used as a dip with veggies and fish sticks, this dressing will help keep your toddler busy in her high chair so you can have a few minutes of mealtime peace.

Hands-On Time: 5 minutes
Ready In: 5 minutes
Yield: 1/2 cup


    1/4 cup mayonnaise
    1/4 cup buttermilk (or plain low-fat yogurt)
    2 teaspoons each sugar and cider vinegar
    1 clove garlic, minced (or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder if your kids like a milder taste)
    1/2 teaspoon each fresh dill, chopped, and fresh parsley, minced
    Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
    Sprinkling of paprika


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Or, if you want to give your toddler an easy task, hand him the ingredients in a well-sealed plastic container and tell him to shake, shake, shake them! Chill dressing for at least an hour and a half before serving.

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