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Pesto Ranch Dipping Sauce

Pesto Ranch Dipping Sauce - A versatile and delicious homemade ranch dip. Serve with potato chips, crackers or veggies, or use as a salad dressing or sandwich spread! | foxeslovelemons.com

Welcome to Foxes Love Lemons’ WEEK OF DIPS! I’m bringing you all sorts of dippin’ goodness so you can find a recipe your party crowd will love for the big game!

I’ve recently started making homemade ranch dressing quite often. I really don’t buy bottled salad dressings much at all. Most salads we eat are dressed with a simple vinaigrette of olive oil, Dijon mustard and some type of vinegar. I whisk the vinaigrette together right in the bottom of the salad bowl before throwing the rest of the salad ingredients in, and that is that. Vinaigrette is delicious, versatile and healthful, but let’s be honest – who doesn’t crave a good, creamy ranch dressing every now and then?

Pesto Ranch Dipping Sauce - A versatile and delicious homemade ranch dip. Serve with potato chips, crackers or veggies, or use as a salad dressing or sandwich spread! | foxeslovelemons.com

In my opinion, most bottled ranch dressings have a pretty weird flavor. And once I realized that with an extensive spice drawer, it’s super simple to stir up a homemade version, I never looked back. This dressing/dip can be made with any combination of full-fat or low-fat mayonnaise and Greek yogurt (or sour cream) that you desire. You’ll also need a bit of buttermilk for tang. The dried herbs and spices, as well as a smidge of Worcestershire sauce give it that ranch flavor you crave. Stop there, and you have an all-purpose ranch that is good on just about anything. But I jazzed this version up a bit by stirring in some prepared basil pesto. It takes homemade ranch dressing from craveable to SUPER craveable! Use this pesto ranch as a dressing, sandwich spread or dip for just about anything.

Pesto Ranch Dipping Sauce - A versatile and delicious homemade ranch dip. Serve with potato chips, crackers or veggies, or use as a salad dressing or sandwich spread! | foxeslovelemons.com

Pesto Ranch Dipping Sauce

Yield: Makes about 3/4 cup

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Potato chips, crackers, cut veggies or NatureBox Baked Peppery Potato Fries, for dipping

Directions:

  1. In small bowl, stir together all ingredients. Serve with chips, crackers, veggies or fries for dipping, or use as a salad dressing or sandwich spread.

This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog.

Foxes Love Lemons Week of Dips

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Disclaimer: This post is part of an ongoing relationship I have with NatureBox for recipe development. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.

13 Responses to “Pesto Ranch Dipping Sauce”

  1. Consuelo - Honey & Figs — January 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Pesto and ranch dressing?? You’re a genius Lori! My salads totally needs this stuff ;–)

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — January 29th, 2014 @ 11:38 am

      Thanks Consuelo! However, I can’t take credit for being the genius – one of my favorite restaurants has a pesto ranch. It’s addictive, but then I realized how easy it was to just make my own!

  2. Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

    An entire week dedicated to dip… Be still my beating heart. This here is one creative dip. Love!

    Reply

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — January 29th, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

      Thanks Jennie! To be honest, I could probably do a MONTH of dips before I ran out of ideas! I just love dips of all kinds!

  3. Karen @ The Food Charlatan — January 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Dude this sounds awesome. I’m going to jazz up my next sandwich with this geniusness.

    Reply

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — January 29th, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

      Thanks, Karen! It is soooo good on a turkey sandwich :)

  4. Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — January 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Such a clever twist on ranch dressing. I’m going to surprise my ranch dressing loving daughter with this!

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    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons replied: — January 30th, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

      Thanks, Marjory! I really hope your daughter loves this dip as much as I do :)

  5. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — January 29, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I love Nature Box, especially their cheddar pretzels (highly recommended!). I gotta check out these potato fries!

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  6. Nancy — January 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t buy salad dressings anymore either. They’re so easy to whip up and so much yummier than the bottled stuff. This pesto ranch dipping sauce sounds amazing, Lori! This would be delicious in sammiches. I’m intrigued by the Nature Box potato fries you’ve got there. I need to hunt these down!

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  7. Lori | Foxes Love Lemons — February 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Thanks, Nancy! Naturebox is a subscription snack service, so that’s the only way to track it down :) But I think they do ship to Canada…maybe? possibly?

    Reply

    • Nancy replied: — February 4th, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

      I’m afraid to check because if they do, I might be ordering a LOT.

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