Ranch is one of those true American classics. It was created in the early 1950s by Steve Henson, who had begun cooking for his coworkers and mastering his buttermilk dressing recipe. Later, when Henson and his wife moved to California, his dressing became a staple at their ranch (named, you guessed it, Hidden Valley Ranch!), and they began to sell it to guests and supermarkets in the area before eventually selling it to Clorox, who would go on to make it a staple in American fridges.
Ranch dressing can’t be beat for simple salads or as a dip for veggies. However, these days, ranch is so much more than just a dressing: The seasoning for ranch is usually a variation of parsley, onion powder, garlic powder, chives, and dill. That particular combination of herbs and seasonings has taken on a life of its own. You can use a packet (or make your own mix) to season tacos, creamy orzo skillets, or even quick bread.
Whether you want to keep it classic or try out ranch in a completely new way, we’ve compiled 12 must-make recipes for all the ranch-lovers out there.