The grocer in my building doesn't carry Ranch Dressing, and the other day I felt like a little Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing on my fresh Michigan tomatoes. He does carry buttermilk, so I was able to fashion my own from this Internet recipe for "Secret Valley Ranch Dressing" and it is terrific. I don't know about the msg part. I guess that is kind of scary. It sure tastes good though.
"Indeed, ranch dressing was invented at Hidden Valley Ranch near Santa Barbara, California, by a real salad-wranglin' rancher. In the '50s and '60s Steve Henson and his wife, Gayle, shared their 120-acre dude ranch with University of California at Santa Barbara students and other festive partiers for rousing weekend shindigs. The dozens of guests were served meals of steaks and salads topped with Steve's special blend of herbs, spices, mayonnaise and buttermilk. As word got out about the fabulous dressing more guests were showing up at the ranch and walking home with complimentary take-home jars filled with the stuff. "
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon msg (Optional- Accent brand is good and remember Kramer "Extra MSG!")
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1 pinch dried thyme
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
Cover and chill for several hours before using.