20+ Recipes for People Who Really, Really Love Ranch
If everybody had a little more ranch in their lives, the world would be a much happier place. Ranch-ify your day with one of our favorite recipes that highlights the dressing. Whether you have a packet or a bottle you're looking to use up (you need to check out our Ultimate Crispy Ranch Smashed Potatoes and our Fried Pickled Jalapeños with Sour Cream Ranch) or you want to whip up some homemade ranch (may we recommend this Wendy's copycat recipe?), you're going to want to bookmark this collection of our best recipes with ranch.
Air-Fried Dill Pickle Fries With Ranch Breadcrumbs
Pickle spears are one of those foods that’s meant to be fried, and sticking them in the air fryer makes for a fun finger food. The combination of juiciness and crunch remains fantastic, while the ranch breadcrumbs bring in so much flavor you won’t need a dipping sauce.
Fried Pickled Jalapeños with Sour Cream Ranch
If you like fried pickles, you’ll love fried pickled jalapeños. These jalapeños have a light kick without being overly spicy. Plus, they’re tangy from the brine and packed with flavor thanks to taco seasoning. They’re delicious on their own, but dipping them in the sauce takes things up a notch.
Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Not to brag, but this is the best version of homemade ranch mashed potatoes around. The fresh herbs really add some zing to this side and beautifully complement sour cream and buttermilk’s tang. For the fluffiest mashed potatoes, place the potatoes back in the pot after draining them and put them on low heat.
Ultimate Crispy Ranch Smashed Potatoes
This practical (and much tastier) alternative to loaded potato skins is both fun and filling. The savory potatoes are crisp and salty on the exterior, and soft and creamy inside.
Cool Ranch Fish Sticks
Create a perfectly crispy and delicious fish stick right in your own kitchen using a secret ingredient you already have in the pantry: Doritos. Besides being infinitely tastier (and less mystery meat-like) than any fish stick from the freezer aisle, these crunchy, Doritos crusted fish sticks are easier to make than you might think.
Crunchy Romaine Salad with Cilantro Ranch
For a vibrant green dressing, whiz all the dressing ingredients in a blender instead of whisking together in a bowl. Feel free to use this dressing to top any combination of greens and crunchy vegetables. Double the recipe, and you’ll have extra dressing on hand for the week.
Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese
Oven-Fried Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
These oven-baked pecan-and-panko crusted chicken tenders have fabulous fried chicken flavor with much less grease and mess. As the chicken cooks, the rest of this family-friendly recipe comes together in minutes. Grilled romaine lettuce gives this salad a smoky flavor. Instead of using a grill pan, you can cook the veggies on a charcoal or gas grill outside.
Grilled Steak and Tomatoes with Tofu Ranch Dressing
There's no need to pull out the food processor to make the small amount of breadcrumbs for this recipe. Just tear bread by hand into very small pieces; the rustic texture is perfect.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings with Cilantro-Lime Ranch
These Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings with Cilantro-Lime Ranch are perfect for summer grilling. The flavorful meat is complemented perfectly by the zesty--yet cooling--dipping sauce.
Ranch Turkey Burgers
A mix of reduced-fat sour cream, mayonnaise, and buttermilk keeps the patties moist, while a few spice-rack staples add the ranch flavor everyone loves.
Broccoli, Cheddar, and Ranch Chicken Calzones
Why order delivery, when you can make pizza at home? Put down that phone right now and bake up a mouthwatering, cheesy broccoli and ranch calzones tonight.
Buffalo-Style Catfish Strips with Ranch Dressing
The inspiration for this dish is Buffalo chicken wings. We breaded and baked catfish strips, then drizzled them with a spicy sauce. If you don't like spicy foods, omit the hot pepper sauce.
Crunchy Ranch Faux-Rito Strips
Prepare these Crunchy Ranch Faux-Rito Strips ahead with just 3 ingredients. We love how easy, yet utterly satisfying, this delicious comfort food recipe is.
Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Celery-Ranch Slaw
Buffalo chicken sliders get a MAJOR upgrade with this flavorful celery-ranch slaw. We love how the spicy and cooling flavors complement one another.
Blue Cheese Ranch Dressing
Can't decide between blue cheese and ranch for your chicken wings or salad? We've got you covered. This amazing Blue Cheese-Ranch Dressing is the best of both worlds.
Copycat Doritos Locos Tacos
These cheesy nacho- and ranch-flavored tacos are, dare we say it, even better than the fast-food version. Pro-tip: If you can’t find cheese powder in your local grocery store (not surprising), no worries; you can use the packet of dry cheese mix from a box of macaroni and cheese (such as Kraft brand).
Copycat Wendy’s Ranch Sauce
Rich, creamy, and tangy—just like the signature Wendy’s ranch sauce, but without the preservatives. Easy to mix up and perfect for all kinds of dipping, this copycat Wendy’s ranch is the perfect homemade condiment to prep ahead and use all week long.
Tahini Ranch Dressing
This sauce tastes like ranch that’s just had touch of a makeover: smooth and nutty with a nice jolt of lemon and herbs. Serve drizzled over a grilled steak, a grain bowl, grilled vegetables, or any green salad, or use as as dip. For the best-tasting tahini, select one that looks smooth and almost drippy in the jar or can.
Lemony Ranch Dressing
This is the only spring condiment you'll need because it's so incredibly easy to customize this mixture to your menu and the tastes around your table. To incorporate a lemony ranch infusion, just add lemon juice, olive oil, and honey.
Creamy Ranch-Style Dip
Serve this dip with baby carrots, broccoli florets, or other fresh vegetables.
Miso Ranch Dip
Get ready—this dip is about to become your party go-to. It’s quick and easy to make, and you can serve it with any type of vegetable (we particularly like it with carrots, radishes, and cucumbers). Be sure not to puree the chives or pepper, as they will discolor your sauce.