I am a firm believer that a party cannot be considered a party without food. Bonus points if there's food and adult beverages, but food is first and foremost. Now that it's summer and practically every day is an excuse for a party full of grilling and chillin', it's time to break out all the fun, crowd-pleasing party foods!
I certainly have a few go-to favorite party snacks. Sausage stuffed mushrooms, sweet and spicy pecans and curry deviled eggs rank right up there with the best in my book. But probably the most underrated party snack out there that everyone inevitably gravitates towards, especially if it's a good one, is a veggie tray.
Don't get me wrong, veggies on their own are a crisp, fresh and delicious reprieve in a sea of savory snacks at a party. But let's be real: nobody ever fell in love with a veggie tray just because the cucumbers were on point. Veggies are merely a vehicle for dipping. Which is why I believe no veggie tray is complete without a delicious ranch dressing dip!
Ranch and veggies go together like peas and carrots, pb & j, cookies and milk – a food combo for the ages! And while you may think a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch will do the trick, think again. Do you really want a creamy, dairy-based sauce out of a plastic bottle to ruin those crispy veggies? Wouldn't you much rather indulge in a creamy, fresh and zesty buttermilk ranch dip made with real ingredients? Before you turn down the idea for convenience's sake, let me first tell you all that's required to make this recipe is throwing some ingredients in your average mason jar, sealing the lid and shaking it like a Polaroid picture.
This buttermilk ranch dip really has it all, friends. It's quite possibly the easiest thing to make, it's creamy, zesty and bound to be the next star of your party. So what are you waiting for? On your marks, get set, dip!
Buttermilk Ranch Dip
- 1/2 cup mayo
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup buttermilk (or more depending on the consistency you prefer)
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 black pepper
Combine all ingredients together in a mason jar or a large liquid measuring cup. Secure lid on mason jar and shake all ingredients or whisk in measuring cup, adding more buttermilk until it reaches desired consistency. Taste for desired seasoning. Serve with veggies, on sandwiches and/or eat with a spoon.