Loaded ranch dressing is a fantastic way to amp up any salad! Filled with bacon, cheese, and herbs, it will be a delicious addition.
You know that when a food recipe starts with the word “loaded” it’s going to be good. Loaded mashed potatoes, loaded potato skins, and loaded ranch dressing, to name a few. All of them have one thing in common. They are PACKED with flavor!
Loading recipes with tons of flavor and ingredients is always awesome. With this loaded ranch dressing you can see yourself using it on everything from a green summer salad to some cooked chicken breasts.
It’s so good you may even try to find new and interesting ways to use it up. If you do, give me a shoutout because I’d love to hear what worked for ya. 😉
Like our traditional ranch dressing recipe this one is pretty basic and simple. That said, we obviously added a bit more ingredients to “load it up.”
Cheddar cheese and bacon are just two of the awesome new additions in this ranch dressing recipe and honestly, you have to wonder why you ever ate ranch plain.
Anything containing bacon and cheese has to be a winner, but bacon cheese and ranch? That’s a blue ribbon ticket to happy town. Go ahead and try this awesome ranch recipe soon and show it off at your next BBQ. For once, everyone will be excited about the bowl of green salad!
Well, it probably won’t be the first time they get excited about a salad, but it will be the first time everyone agrees on a salad dressing as reigning supreme. So that’s sort of the same thing, right?
How to make loaded ranch dressing
- In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except or the milk.
- Pour in just enough milk to make the dressing to the consistency that you love. If you like it thin, add more. If you like it thick, add a little less.
- Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your preference.
- Serve and enjoy.
How long does homemade ranch last?
Homemade ranch dressing lasts for about a week if you keep it stored properly. To store it properly, keep your loaded ranch dressing in an airtight container in the fridge.
I like to use mason jars because it’s airtight and easy to scoop out or pour from. Not only that but they also make mason jar pour spouts which makes it pretty mess-free and convenient!
Can you freeze homemade ranch?
You should be able to freeze this ranch dressing, but I don’t think you’ll want to. Unless you plan on thickening this ranch after it thaws and serving it as a dip or baking with it, it’s probably best to leave it in the fridge. If frozen, it will change textures and separates as it thaws.
What goes good with loaded ranch dressing?
This ranch dressing goes great with any green salad or pasta salad. Serving it up with some cooked red potatoes, chicken, veggies, or even chicken wings and pizza are all great ideas too.
With bacon cheese and ranch flavors in one, it really does help to add a great amount of flavor to any dish of your choosing. The possibilities are endless!
Loaded Ranch Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon onion powder NOT onion salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder NOT garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon parsley dried
- 1/2 teaspoon basil dried
- 1/2 teaspoon dill dried
- 3/4 teaspoon salt see note
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup milk amount will vary depending on desired consistency
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup bacon crumbled
- 2 tablespoons chives minced
- Whisk all ingredients together, except the milk.
- Pour in enough to make the dressing the consistency you like.
- Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your preference.
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