Recipe: Romaine and Celery Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing — Recipes from The Kitchn

There’s a reason why a packet of ranch seasoning is the secret to so many crazy-delicious recipes, from chicken marinade and yogurt dip to potato salad and popcorn seasoning (yeah, you should try it). It just has that special something (along with a heavy dose of nostalgia) that homemade recipes can’t quite seem to capture.

Well, I’m happy to report that Julia Turshen has simply nailed homemade ranch dressing in her new cookbook, Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas For Reinventing Leftovers. Her secret? Garlic two ways, resulting in a ranch that would fool any Hidden Valley devotee.