Cucumber Ranch Dressing

Makes 2 1/4 cups

Ranch dressing pairs up well with sturdy lettuces, not delicate ones, which droop under its heft. Ours also makes a refreshing dip for blanched vegetables such as these mixed beans.


  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and grated on the large holes of a box grater

  • 1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped

  • ¾ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup low-fat buttermilk

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • 3 ½ tablespoons (about 1 lemon) fresh lemon juice

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons coarse salt

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped


  1. Stir together cucumber, shallot, sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, parsley, and chives in a medium bowl. Season with additional salt and cayenne, if desired.

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