Homemade Ranch Dressing


As I browse through my posts of the last few months I see a definite pattern: a new recipe or two and many old ones. Most of my favorites came from my grandmother and mother. They didn’t buy anything that could be called a convenience food and made even the most basic offerings from scratch. When I was a teenager many, many, years ago a neighbor gave me this recipe for Kay David’s Veggie Dip. I still have the piece of yellowed paper with the ingredients listed in her handwriting. This is the precursor to the sometimes good, more often than not, awful ranch dressings that can be found in almost every grocery store and restaurant in America.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this recipe in this month’s issue of Gourmet Magazine. Their Beau Monde Dip is featured in a Spice Island ad and uses dried spices. My old time version uses beau monde seasoning and fresh herbs. Much better.

This looks too simple to be as good as it is. Trust me, you have to try it. Everyone who does raves about it and always picks it over any other condiment on the table. The flavors are clean and fresh and it is just down right delicious.







Using dried herbs produces a delicious sauce as well so make it even if you don’t have the fresh ones. Just use half the amount of dried herbs (same amount of beau monde). The flavor of dried herbs is more intense. This is wonderful on a baked potato, on raw or cooked veggies or on potato chips. If you are watching the calories use low fat sour cream.


Homemade Ranch Dressing
  • • 1 cup sour cream
  • • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • • 1 whole green onion, finely chopped
  • • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • • 2-3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • • 1 teaspoon Spice Island Beau Monde seasoning
  1. Mix well and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
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  1. Elra says

    I love radish so much, I can eat them just like that with sea salt. Now that I discover your dip, that might be a good idea to pair them. I can imagine how delicious the are together.

  2. noble pig says

    I’ve never heard of this…this is why I love blogs, so educational. You can guarantee I will be trying this.

  3. La Table De Nana says

    I never heard of Beau Monde~
    Beautiful People:)

    So nice to see you at FG Cathy..
    All your posts should be there..

  4. Apples and Butter says

    Those old recipes passed on from friends are the absolute best. I had to say to goodbye to a friend today and feel so lucky to have one of her recipes to keep in her absence.

  5. Apples and Butter says

    P.S. You could absolutely replace lebanese cucumbers with regular pickling cucs. Let me know how it turns out!

  6. Cathy says

    Thank you so much for your visits. I appreciate your comments and am always so happy when you take the time to stop by.

    Spice Island has made beau monde seasoning for over 50 years. It does magical things so I hope you will give it a try.

  7. Anonymous says

    5 grocery stors that I know carry spice islands did not carry beau monde. Grrrrrrr. I found a recipe for this spice blend online, it seems clove heavy, but I’ll give it a go, I have everything else, and am ready to settle in for some football and yummy beg and dip. thanks for the recipe!!~Donna

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