We’ve been enjoying a week of grilling marinated chicken breasts, sliced thin, served on top of fresh greens with homemade salad dressings, like this herby Ranch dressing. I also mix up the salad toppings to keep things new and exciting. In no time we have a great salad for dinner.
This dressing has the flavors of a traditional Ranch, with an extra herb kick. Fresh herbs make it the best, but you can substitute dried, like I did. Just make sure you crumble the dried herbs first. You don’t want to bite into a big ole chunk of oregano, ya know!
Also try my dill ranch dressing.
Herby Ranch Dressing
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 cups
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup plus more, buttermilk
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 3 teaspoons white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
If using fresh herbs
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves chopped
- 1/4 cup Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
If using dried herbs
- 1 tablespoon dried basil crumbled
- 1/2 tablespoon dried chives
- 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano crumbled
Combine all ingredients, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Add more buttermilk if the dressing is too thick.
I found a big batch of smoked pulled pork in the freezer the other day. I was going to make one of my ‘usual’ BBQ sauces but this copycat of the sauce at Dreamland BBQ in Alabama has been on my to-try list for a while so I made a few quarts of it.
Visiting Dreamland BBQ (and honestly, just about any BBQ joint) is also on my to-do list, so I can’t vouch for how much of a copycat it is, but I can vouch for how good it is. Not too thick, not too runny with just a hint of heat. It’s a great all-purpose BBQ sauce.
You can make this sauce as shown, or play with it to suit your own needs. I was looking for a light red sauce, and that’s exactly what I got. The beauty of a good BBQ sauce like this is you’ve got a great base for your preferences. Want more heat? Add more cayenne. A little sweeter? More sugar. Thicker? Let it simmer a while longer. You can’t go wrong with Dreamland BBQ sauce whether you follow the recipe to a T or use it as a starter for your own version.
This sauce is fantastic on my Backyard BBQ wings.
Copycat Dreamland BBQ Sauce
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 quarts
- 1 28 ounce can tomato puree
- 1/3 cup prepared yellow mustard
- 3 cups water
- 1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup dark corn syrup see my note
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons cayenne
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Note: Dark corn syrup makes for a nice dark syrup with a hint of molasses. For a lighter syrup, use light corn syrup.
Place puree and yellow mustard in a large saucepan and whisk until combined.
Whisk in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Reduce to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often.
Keep in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Note: If you prefer a thicker sauce, combine 1/4 cup corn starch and 1/4 cup cold water and whisk into the sauce as it simmers.
Last week was salad week here. Every once-in-a-while I go on a one-week long campaign to make salads. Not little ole wimpy salads, but meal-sized salads that dreams are made of. To add a special touch I often make dressings from scratch, like this copycat Chipotle honey vinaigrette. This dressing checked all the boxes. Perfect consistency (very important!). Nice and creamy. A little sweat. And a little heat. Heck, I just realized that my favorite salad dressings are a lot like barbecue sauces! Huh!
This copycat Chipotle honey vinaigrette is not only great on salads, it’s also great as a marinade for chicken. Just let chicken breasts (or whatever cuts you prefer) get happy in the dressing for an hour or so, then grill as desired. So make extra vinaigrette and enjoy!
Also try my copycat of Panera’s Strawberry Poppy Seed dressing.
Copycat Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
- 1 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Place all ingredients except for the olive oil into a blender.
Blend on low speed. With the blender still running, slowly add the oil.
Refrigerate for one hour before serving.