Ranch Dressing

At least once a week for the past 12 years we have eaten a meal at friends. Dave and I are not fussy salad eaters unless the salad has raw onions in it. I used to eat raw onions but as Dave does not like them I started leaving them out of salads. After a few years my palate became accustomed to this, and now I find raw onions to be quite overpowering. If they are blanched I will eat them, but if they are crunchy Dave will not eat them at all. These friends we go to love raw onions. She puts them into anything and everything. At lunch time if we eat there she puts a bowl of onions and tomatoes onto the table. At dinner she serves a salad of lettuce, cucumber, tomato and onions. And every time we eat there I decline to eat the salad as it has raw onions in it, and each time she asks me why I don’t eat raw onions. Some nights there will be other salads on offer, such as pickled beetroot (with raw onion), coleslaw with raw onions, potato and onion salad and even avocado and onions. So, I have started taking a salad with me when we eat there. And to make the salad more interesting, I have started using different salad dressings. I made a green salad using blanched asparagus and broccoli florets, sugar snap peas, crisp lettuce and served it with ranch dressing. I have also been making coleslaw using purple cabbage, carrots and courgettes and tossing that with my coriander and avocado dressing and Cindy’s potato salad which is boiled baby potatoes, tossed in olive oil and anchovy fillets. Last night I made a pea and bacon salad slathered with my homemade mayonnaise.

Do you eat raw onions?

Ranch Dressing
Ranch Dressing
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4.50 from 2 votes

Recipe For Ranch Dressing

This salad dressing works perfectly with a green salad and if you are like me that means totally green vegetables.
Recipe Category: Salad Dressing
Makes enough for: 1 batch dressing
All Rights Reserved: an original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 125 mls buttermilk
  • 45 mls crème fraîche
  • 15 mls mayonnaise
  • 5 mls fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 mls Dijon mustard
  • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season


  • Place all of the ingredients into a jar and shake well to combine
  • Store in the fridge and use as needed

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25 thoughts on “Ranch Dressing

  1. 5 stars
    I’m afraid I’m like your friend – I adore raw onions, onions in ANY form, really. 🙂 But I don’t like big chunks. They need to be sliced thinly or they are overpowering and detract from the rest of the food. Your dressing sounds scrumptious and creamy. 🙂

  2. I also do not eat raw onions! In fact, I politely remove them from anything that they are in. You’re dressing looks terrific

  3. I do eat raw onions, it’s a newer thing I’ve been doing, adding them to salads. And I love them! Red onions in particular. And they are so healthy. Love this ranch dressing, I have never made my own dressing and that needs to change.

  4. Your ranch dressing sounds delicious, Tandy… I am ok with a very small amount of thinly sliced raw onions… recently we had salad at a fish and chip cafe… the salad had a soup bowl FULL of thickly sliced raw onion, which I had to pick out.

  5. I do eat raw onions – but not as much as your friend – if I had been having someone to a meal for 12 years and knew they didn’t eat something I would have an alternative and certainly leaving raw onions out of at least one dish won’t seem to me to be much of a problem!

  6. That’s so fun that you guys eat with your friends! …and really? I love raw onions in my salad! …but I can see how they would be overpowering if your not used to them! hahah… great recipe!

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