Our Best Ranch Recipes

March 08, 2021

March 10th is National Ranch Day: a nationwide chance to salute the salad hero that’s as all-American as baseball and apple pie. Ranch Dressing is for so much more than salads and crudité. Everyone’s favorite thick, creamy dressing is versatile enough to marinate meat, drizzle on tempura, or mix into cauliflower mash.

Primal Kitchen upped the ante on this classic dressing with high-quality ingredients like avocado oil and organic egg yolks. Vegan eaters can enjoy the same creamy, tangy flavor with Primal Kitchen Vegan Ranch.

Vegan Ranch Dressing lays next to a blue and orange bowl of Ranch Dressing Cauliflower Mash topped with parsley.

Celebrate National Ranch Day with a round-up of the blog’s most-loved, delicious, simple recipes with ranch dressing. Make the most of this grocery cart go-to with quick, easy dishes made with homestyle flavor that everyone in your family will enjoy.

Cooking with Ranch Dressing

If you only know ranch from the salad bar, you might be wondering: Can you cook ranch dressing? The answer is a resounding and emphatic yes! The thick texture of ranch seals in succulent, juicy flavor when used as a marinade for chicken while adding a herb-infused, tangy kick.

Ranch adds creamy flavor and consistency to blended cauliflower and mashed vegetables. Make this avocado oil-based dressing a staple of family-style cooking.

Lettuce cups with Whole30 Instant Pot Ranch Chicken are circled around cherry tomatoes on a white plate with Ranch Dressing in the background.

Recipes Using Ranch Dressing

Whole30 Instant Pot Ranch Chicken

Dinner in an instant! This Whole30 Instant Pot Ranch Chicken is a perennial meal prep favorite: perfect for adding to soups, lettuce cups, or on its own. This pressure cooker dinner made with just five ingredients is a delicious evening hack for busy families.

Ranch Cauliflower Mash

This unexpected side dish is the perfect mashed potatoes swap. The creamy, herb-infused flavor goes great with turkey dinner or as part of a plant-based spread. Save leftovers to use for lunch the next day as the base of a bowl: Top with wilted greens, roasted vegetables, sliced chicken or drained chickpeas, and drizzle with more ranch on top.

Keto Cobb Salad

There's nothing like a classic Cobb salad: an exceptional array of flavors and textures come together in this salad for a crave-worthy taste that can't be beat. This recipe makes a lunch counter favorite into a family-style dish you'll keep in your rotation for years to come.

A sheet pan is filled with a Cobb Salad drizzled in Ranch Dressing.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap

Wrap it up! This collard green wrap bursts with bright flavor. Juicy chicken and smoky bacon come together drizzled in ranch for a crunchy, complex sandwich alternative.

Avocado fries are laid out on parchment on a silver tray with avocados and Ranch to next to it.

Avocado Fries

Dunk these rich, crispy avocado fries in ranch dressing for a decadent taste combination. This recipe is perfect for little ones who love to dip. It also makes an unexpected fried spud switch up from the usual burger and fries or chicken fingers and tots.

Ranch Fried Chicken

Who can resist fried chicken? Ranch Fried Chicken is a Southern comfort food favorite that comes together in just a few steps. Let your chicken marinate for an hour to lock in the flavor.

Ranch Fried Chicken is on a white plate next to a pink towel with Ranch Dressing resting on it.

Green Bean Ranch Tempura

Gluten-free and dairy-free, this Green Bean Ranch Tempura is a crowd-pleasing party platter dish. String beans are the perfect winter vegetable for this snack: cassava flour adds crispy crunch, ranch adds creamy tang.

More Recipes Using Bottled Ranch Dressing

Want to learn how to cook with ranch dressing? Check out these ranch-infused dishes below.

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Ranch Dressing

Make this steak house favorite right at home with the richness of mayo, blue cheese, and ranch. Bright and colorful, this crisp salad is full of flavor and crunch.

Keto Bacon Casserole in a white dish sits on top of a navy blue dish towel, with ingredients nearby.

Keto Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole

Prep this savory chicken casserole to nibble at throughout a busy week or for lunch leftovers. This one-dish recipe reinvents the creamy casserole that starts with canned soup. Instead of an over-salted, one-note sauce, our Bacon Ranch Chicken Casserole uses ranch combined with an herbaceous cashew sauce to dress up chicken thighs and cauliflower rice.

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