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What Do Restaurants Use for Ranch Dressing? Uncovering The Hidden Ingredients

Norah Clark
Ranch dressing on the side

As a chef with over 10 years of experience, I’ve had my fair share of making and serving ranch dressing. In my opinion, the key to making great ranch dressing is to use quality ingredients and to not be afraid to experiment with different spices and herbs.

I personally love adding a bit of cayenne pepper or paprika for a little bit of heat. But no matter what your secret ingredient may be, one thing is for sure – there’s nothing quite like a good ranch dressing.

Read on to discover what restaurants use for ranch dresssing!

What Is Ranch Dressing?

Ranch dressing is a beloved condiment enjoyed by many, but have you ever wondered what restaurants use to make it so delicious?

Ranch dressing typically includes a combination of buttermilk, mayonnaise, and seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, and dill.

After conducting extensive research and speaking with industry professionals, I’ve uncovered some of the hidden ingredients that make restaurant-style ranch dressing so crave-worthy.

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It’s no secret that Hidden Valley Ranch is a staple ingredient in many homemade ranch dressings, but did you know that restaurants also rely on this classic brand?

According to several chefs I spoke with, Hidden Valley Ranch provides the perfect balance of tanginess and creaminess that customers love.

Buttermilk: The Secret to Creamy Consistency

In addition to Hidden Valley Ranch, many restaurants use buttermilk to create a rich and creamy consistency in their ranch dressing.

Buttermilk has a slightly tangy flavor and helps to thicken the dressing, making it perfect for dipping and drizzling.

Garlic Powder and Onion Powder: Adding Flavor Without Overpowering

Garlic powder and onion powder are common ingredients found in restaurant-style ranch dressing.

These powders add depth and flavor to the dressing without overpowering the other ingredients.

Fresh Herbs: Elevating The Flavor

Some restaurants take their ranch dressing to the next level by adding fresh herbs like dill, parsley, or chives.

These herbs add a pop of freshness and elevate the overall flavor of the dressing.


Is ranch dressing unhealthy?

While ranch dressing can be high in calories and fat, many restaurants offer lighter versions or allow customers to request dressings on the side.

How long can ranch dressing last in the fridge?

Homemade ranch dressing can last up to two weeks in the fridge if stored properly in an airtight container.

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Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

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