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Ranch Dressing

Nutritional Information

1 tbsp, ranch dressing

  • Calories 73
  • Calories from Fat 69.39
  • Amount%DV
  • Total Fat 7.71g12%
  • Saturated Fat 0g0%
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
  • Cholestreol 5mg2%
  • Sodium 122mg5%
  • Potassium 9mg0%
  • Total Carbohydrate 1g0%
  • Dietary Fiber 0.1g0%
  • Sugars 0.37g
  • Protein 0.15g0%
  • Calcium 0mg0%
  • Iron 0mg0%
  • Vitamin A 0%
  • Vitamin C 1%

Ranch Dressing on Wikipedia:

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Ranch dressing is a condiment made of buttermilk or sour cream, mayonnaise, minced green onion, garlic powder, and other seasonings mixed into a sauce. Ranch dressing is one of the two most popular styles of salad dressing in the United States, together with Italian dressing.[1] It is also popular as a dipping sauce.



In 1954, Steve and Gayle Henson opened a dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California, and named it ``Hidden Valley Ranch``. As a side business, they sold to guests a special dressing that Steve had developed in Alaska. The dressing was popular, and they began selling bottles that guests could take home, and later opened a factory to sell packets of ranch seasoning that had to be mixed with mayonnaise and buttermilk (packets that are still available to this day). In 1972 the brand was bought by Clorox for $8 million.

Clorox reformulated the dressing several times to try to make it more convenient. The first change was to include buttermilk flavoring in the seasoning so that home chefs only had to add milk rather than buttermilk. In 1983, Clorox developed a non-refrigerated bottled formulation, making it even more popular. Currently, Clorox subsidiary Hidden Valley Ranch Manufacturing produces the Hidden Valley Ranch lines of packets and bottled dressings at two large factories, in Reno, Nevada and Wheeling, Illinois.

During the 1980s, ranch also became a common snack food flavor, starting with Cool Ranch Doritos in 1987, and Hidden Valley Ranch Wavy Lay's in 1994.


Ranch dressing is a common dipping sauce for vegetables such as broccoli and carrots, as well as ``bar foods`` such as french fries and chicken wings. It is also a common dipping sauce for fried foods such as fried mushrooms, fried zucchini, onion rings, and hush puppies. Additionally, ranch dressing is used on pizza, baked potatoes, wrap sandwiches, tacos, and hamburgers. It is especially popular in the Southern United States as a garnish for nearly all these foods.


Ranch dressing is notable for its extremely high fat content. A typical 2 tablespoon serving contains 145 kcal (608 kJ) and 15 g of fat. 94% of those calories come from fat. [2]


^ Slate magazine Ranch Dressing. Why do Americans love it so much? - August 5, 2005 ^ ``Salad dressing, ranch dressing, commercial, regular``. National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. USDA.*1%2520tablespoon%2520%253d%252015%2520g&NDB_NO=04639&NUMBER_OF_CHECKBOXES=1&SCI_NAME=. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 

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