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Marzetti's Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing

Re: Restaurant ranch dressing
From: ñorma
Date: 10/27/2023, 6:03 AM
To: Phaedrus 
On 10/26/2023 6:50 PM, ñorma wrote:

MARZZITT  buttermilk ranch  salad dressing. Hi I worked  
for Morrison  cafeteria  for  over 25 years and  made  
dressings in the  beginning  years. I really hope that you  
can  find this recipe.  I go on line and it is soon expensive  😊 

On Thu, Oct 26, 2023, 7:27 PM Phaedrus wrote:

Hi Ñorma,

May I ask what  "MARZZITT" refers to? Do you mean "Marzetti's" brand of buttermilk ranch dressing?


On 10/26/2023 9:35 PM, ñorma wrote:

Yes, that's it! 

Hi Norma,

Marzetti's is a popular commercial brand of dressings, but like many commercial products, their recipes are just not available and are difficult to make copycat recipes for because they are made in big batches and use commercial ingredients. I found a lot of people saying that Marzetti's buttermilk ranch dressing is the only brand they like, but I did not find any recipes or copycat recipes.

The generic term for the high-end bottled dressings like Marzetti's is "restaurant salad dressings." While I did not find any copycat or tastes-like recipes for Marzetti's ranch in particular, I did find some for "restaurant ranch dressing." See below. Give those a try.


Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Dry mix

½ TBS Black Pepper
2 ½ TBS Parsley Flakes
1 TBS Garlic Salt
¾ tsp Kosher Salt
½ TBS Garlic Powder
1 ½ TBS onion powder
¾ tsp Dill Weed

1 TBS dry mix
1 cup mayo
1 cup cultured low-fat buttermilk
¾ cup light sour cream
½ tsp lemon juice

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Servings: Makes about 1⅓ cups


½ cup sour cream
½ cup buttermilk
¼ cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's
2 garlic cloves, minced (see note)
1 scant teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1½ teaspoons dried dill
¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Few dashes Tabasco sauce, optional

Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well. 
Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Chill until ready to serve.

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