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Texas Roadhouse Ranch Recipe

No visit to Texas counts if you don’t stop for tangy and savory steaks and ribs at a Texas Roadhouse restaurant. However, by far the most popular and memorable dish there is the utterly delicious ranch dressing that goes well with literally everything.

If you’re not sure whether to go for a nutritious and fresh salad or a tempting high-calorie steak, this famous ranch dressing will be the ultimate plus, driving any salad into overdrive.

Although the original recipe may be a closely kept secret, we have replicated the famous Texas Roadhouse Ranch recipe just to share it with you.

How to Make Texas Roadhouse Ranch

If you want to make a creamy, fresh, and spicy ranch just like the Texas Roadhouse does for their salads, you’d better avoid packet ranches. They just lack the right flavor — unlike the steakhouse-style ranch we’re going to make.

Texas Roadhouse knows how to reach balanced and unique flavors that will go well with any green salad, fried chicken, or steak.

And here’s what you need to create a perfect ranch for a dreamy meal.

Ingredients:

(8 servings)

  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup full-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp dried dill
  • ½ tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt 

Instructions:

Making this Texas Roadhouse Ranch couldn’t be easier — you simply whip it up in 5 minutes and use it any time, with all your favorite meals.

For a better taste, however, keep in mind that the most important step is to let it thicken in the fridge. And the result will be amazing, nothing like any other frustrated recipes you might have tried before.

Follow the steps below to make the perfect ranch dressing.

Step 1:

In a small bowl combine the spices and set them aside.

Step 2:

Measure out the mayonnaise, buttermilk, source cream, and lemon juice, and add them to a bowl with the spices.

Step 3:

Whisk the ranch vigorously until all the spices are well incorporated, getting a homogeneous mixture.

Step 4:

Place your Texas Roadhouse Ranch in the fridge and let it chill for at least 30 minutes. If it hasn’t thickened enough after 30 minutes, keep it in the fridge for longer until you get the right texture.

You can serve it right away with your favorite meal or store it for later!

Ingredient Substitution

Buttermilk and mayo are the essential ingredients for a classic ranch, leaving plenty of room for experimentation with the spices.

But you can also change it all up and swap out all of the ingredients for a different flavor profile. Be creative, but be aware you may completely be losing the original taste.

Greek Yogurt

Regular yogurt has a higher percentage of liquid; Greek yogurt, on the other hand, is tangier and thicker, making an excellent stand-in for sour cream. However, you might need to keep the ranch in the fridge for a little bit longer.

Moreover, Greek yogurt is lower in calories and higher in protein than the full-fat sour cream originally used, so you may appreciate it if you opt for healthier dressings.

Milk and vinegar

Buttermilk doesn’t tend to stay fresh for long. So, it is totally fine if you decide to swap it out, and adding vinegar or milk gives it a certain acidity.

You could use any kind of vinegar, but the distilled white vinegar has a more neutral flavor. Just combine ½ cup of milk with 1 tbsp of vinegar and you’re good to go.

If you want, let it sit for about 5-10 minutes before making the ranch.

Lime juice

Lime juice is the best one-to-one lemon juice replacement — the same level of acidity and a similar taste. Also, it may be better than vinegar as it is more acidic, making the ranch safer to store for longer periods of time.

More importantly, avoid key limes as they add redundant sweetness.

What to Serve with Texas Roadhouse Ranch

The original idea of the Texas Roadhouse Ranch is to serve it with a myriad of their salads. But you won’t go wrong if you decide to spread it on your favorite sandwich or use it as a side dipping sauce.

Here are a few ideal meals to serve with this delicious ranch.

Fried Chicken Wings

Ranch and blue cheese always compete for the best dipping sauce for fried chicken wings, but Texas Roadhouse Ranch is an absolute winner. The creamy ranch helps to cool the spiciness, making it a staple pairing for the fried wings.

Salad Dressing

We don’t want to state the obvious here, but celery, peppers, and carrots pair perfectly with this ranch dressing. The hearty texture is ideal for a crispy wedge salad, coleslaw, or any other vegetable platter.

Believe us, there won’t be any leftovers if you decide to opt for Texas Roadhouse Ranch for your vegetable platter.

Steak

The creamy ranch texture creates a great contrast to the crunchy steak and centralizes the steak flavors without overshadowing them. This combination makes for a completely different steak taste — even if you just drizzle a little on top.

Give it a try! Saucy steak and spicy Texas Roadhouse ranch might become your favorite food pairing.

How to Store Texas Roadhouse Ranch

After its absolutely stunning taste, the second best thing about this ranch is the fact that you can safely store it for quite some time. You can scale up this recipe, making a large batch and storing it for later.

Besides, you don’t have to worry about the thickness as this is best served chilled anyway.

Store Ranch in the Fridge

Typically, homemade ranch is stored in the fridge in an airtight container or a mason jar. If you store it properly, it will last up to 2 weeks.

Note: since the ranch dressing is super easy to whip up, don’t store it for too long. If its color or smell changes in the fridge, throw it away.

Store Ranch in the Freezer

Usually, freezing doesn’t serve any purpose for dressings, especially those made of dairy products as it makes thawing quite a challenge. Even so, ranch ingredients such as mayo and cream are known for their smaller shelf life, making freezing a fair option.

There are a few options for how you can store ranch in a freezer.

Place the ranch into an ice cube tray with a teaspoon and freeze the tray. Once cubes are solid, you can keep them in a ziplock bag.

As an alternative, you can also place the ranch dressing into a heavy-duty zipping freezer bag. Keep in mind that it will expand during the freezing process, so leave 1-inch of space in the bag. It will last for a total of 2 months.

texas roadhouse ranch recipe

Texas Roadhouse Ranch Recipe

Utterly delicious Texas Roadhouse Ranch dressing that is super easy to make: less than 5 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to thicken. This ranch dressing wonderfully fits any meal — from sandwiches and steaks to veggies and salads!
4.43 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 290 kcal
Equipment
  • whisk
Ingredients
  
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup full-fat sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • tsp dry dill
  • ½ tsp dry parsley
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
Instructions
 
  • In a small bowl combine the spices and set them aside.
  • Measure out the mayonnaise, buttermilk, source cream, and lemon juice, and add them to a bowl with the spices.
  • Whisk the ranch vigorously until all the spices are well incorporated, getting a homogeneous mixture.
  • Place your Texas Roadhouse Ranch in the fridge and let it chill for at least 30 minutes. If it hasn’t thickened enough after 30 minutes, keep it in the fridge for longer until you get the right texture. You can serve it right away with your favorite meal or store it for later!
Nutrition
Calories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 31gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 340mgSugar: 1g

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