Watercress Salad with Ranch Dressing

  • Serves

    serves 1


Ranch dressing was originally sold by its inventor, Steve Henson, as a seasoning packet that contained, among other ingredients, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, black pepper, and dried parsley; all cooks had to do was add mayonnaise and buttermilk. Our version uses fresh herbs, but fresh garlic and onion won't do: only the dried powders produce this dressing's characteristic flavor.


  • 12 cup buttermilk
  • 12 cup sour cream
  • 12 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 tsp. onion powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lightly packed cups watercress, washed and trimmed
  • 3 cherry tomatoes
  • Few thin cucumber slices


Step 1

Put buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, chives, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste into a bowl; stir well.

Step 2

Arrange watercress, tomatoes, and cucumber slices on a salad plate. Drizzle some of the dressing over the top. (Reserve remaining dressing for another use.)

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