Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing | ChopChop


In the 1950s, Steve Hanson served a special new dressing at Hidden Valley Ranch, his California dude ranch. Now it’s the most popular salad dressing in the United States! Ranch dressing is typically made with mayonnaise, buttermilk, and herbs, but we like our yogurt-based version even better. Drizzle it over a green salad or serve it as a dip with carrots, cucumbers, or celery.

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Makes: 12 Servings

Kitchen Gear: 

Medium-sized bowl
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Cutting board
Sharp knife
(adult needed)
Spoon, for mixing


1⁄2 cup
plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons
olive oil
2 teaspoons
white vinegar or lemon juice
1⁄2 teaspoon
mustard (any kind you like)
1 teaspoon
finely chopped onion or 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
small garlic clove, peeled and minced (or 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder)
to 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill or parsley leaves or chives (or 1 teaspoon dried dill)


  1. Put all the ingredients in the bowl and mix well. Now taste the dressing on a leaf of lettuce or a carrot stick: does it need more vinegar or herbs or a pinch of salt? If so, add it, then taste again.
  2. Use right away, or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.