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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Ranch or Chipotle Ranch Dressing/Dip
This is an easy recipe for a Ranch Dressing or Dip. You can kick it up a notch by adding a hot Chipotle pepper. This is delicious on salads, or wraps. One our our favorite wraps back in the old country was a chicken wrap at Hungry's Cafe in Houston. This wrap was made with a whole wheat tortilla, diced grilled chicken, avocado, feta cheese, lettuce, tomato and black beans. The Chipotle Ranch dressing makes this wrap over-the-top yummy.
¾ cup mayonnaise (I use light mayo)
¾ cup sour cream (I use natilla in Costa Rica)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice (I've used key lime juice as a substitute)
¼ to 1 cup buttermilk (You can substitute with 1 cup regular milk and a tablespoon of white vinegar)
1 small bunch of chives or 2 scallions, roughly chopped (I’ve used regular onion as a substitute)
Small handful of cilantro or parsley, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp seasoned salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 dried Chipotle Morita Chili pepper, finely minced (with or without seeds, depending on how hot you like it)
Place all ingredients with ¼ cup of buttermilk in a blender and blend for 10 seconds. Check consistency and add additional buttermilk as needed. A Ranch “dip” should call for less buttermilk, whereas a Ranch Dressing for a salad will use more buttermilk. Store the dressing in an air-tight jar in the refrigerator. It should keep for 2-3 weeks.
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