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Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing was developed by a real rancher, Steve Henson, on a real ranch, the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch near Santa Barbara, California. In the '50s and '60s, Steve Henson and his wife, Gayle, shared their 120-acre dude ranch with many weekend visitors. Among them boisterous University of California at Santa Barbara students who flocked to the ranch for parties. The ranch in those days was described as part nightclub, part motel and part dude ranch by a former ranch hand. The menu often included salad. It came with a dressing that Steve developed in his years living in Alaska. It blended a dry mix of herbs and spices with mayonnaise and buttermilk into a creamy consistency. As word got out about the fabulous dressing, more guests were showing up at the ranch and walking home with a complimentary jar filled with the dressing. When a visitor from Hawaii ordered a big batch to take home to Oahu, Steve Henson knew he was on to something big. He figured he could make some extra cash by packaging the dressing as a dry mix and selling it through the mail. Within a few months he had to hire 12 people to help with the packaging. Soon Steve had a multi-million dollar business on his hands. The Henson family sold the business in 1972.
1/2 cupmayonnaise1/4 tsp.salt
1/2 cupbuttermilk 1/8 tsp.garlic powder
1/2 tsp.dried parsley flakes 1/8 tsp.onion powder
1/4 tsp.ground black pepper pinch dried thyme
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until smooth. Cover and chill for several hours before using.