More than 50 years ago, cowboy Steve Henson, born in Nebraska, dreamed of being rich. With his sweetheart Gayle, he did what so many young men before him had done and headed west.
Outside Santa Barbara, Steve stumbled onto 120 acres of sprawling land nestled in the mountains, filled with streams, waterfalls and picturesque views. The family bought the land in 1954 and the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch was born.
The owners made a dressing with herbs, spices and buttermilk in the 1950s, and the dressing was a hit with their guests. Guests loved it and asked for jars to take home to family and friends. Soon there was so much demand for the dressing that a mail order business began shipping Hidden Valley Ranch dressing to an ever growing fan base. The dressing was sold as a dry mix that you combined with buttermilk and mayonnaise or sour cream. It is also popular with chips and vegetables.
Today, Ranch is America’s favorite dressing, sold across the United States and in more than 30 countries.
Research Source: Hidden Valley
This ranch dressing is better for you than store bought.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Recipe by Christine Lamb (Christine’s Pantry), 2015
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!