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Make this homemade Buttermilk Ranch, you'll never go back

Claire Stabbert - Columnist
Posted 7/20/20

I know this is weird, but have you ever fantasized about a salad? I have many times, and it came from Narrowsburg NY, at The Heron restaurant. If you are a local, you know about The Heron restaurant, …

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Make this homemade Buttermilk Ranch, you'll never go back

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I know this is weird, but have you ever fantasized about a salad? I have many times, and it came from Narrowsburg NY, at The Heron restaurant. If you are a local, you know about The Heron restaurant, and they are doing it right with their homemade chopped salad with homemade buttermilk ranch. I think about this salad a lot more than I would like to admit, and I regularly check their emails to see when they will open so I can order this delicacy to-go. (It will all make sense and this will not sound so absurd once you try it). See, this salad isn't your average. It's a chopped salad with radish, white cheddar crumbles, hard boiled eggs, turkey, and, oh yeah, homemade buttermilk ranch. That gave me a great idea. If I can make this ranch at home, I can have this salad 7 days a week, and not just 3. I have been making this dressing more than I would like to admit, using it for chopped cruidite, fried zucchini, on pizza, and so much more. Lately, my boyfriend and I have been recreating this dressing and just making The Heron's famous chopped salad, and it comes pretty dang close. All you will need is 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup buttermilk (preferably Tonjes Farm), 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 3 garlic cloves minced (fresh is always better), salt, pepper, 2 teaspoons dried dill, 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives, 2 teaspoons lemon juice, and a few dashes of tabasco sauce (optional). I begin by mixing up the mayo, buttermilk, lemon juice, tabasco, and sour cream until they are combined nicely. Next, just add your dry ingredients and taste for additional salt and pepper. The more salt you add, the more those flavors will pop! Refrigerate for at least 4 hours for the flavors to combine and you have yourself your own homemade dressing! This will last up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Also, don't get scared to play around with your salad toppings! Chopped bacon would be a fantastic addition to this chopped salad, bringing some salt and fat, and I always top with fresh herbs such as parsley to brighten up any dish! I know it's not the healthiest salad you could make, but it sure is the tastiest. Stay safe everyone.

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