10 Surprising Ways to Cook With Ranch Dressing

Go Beyond Vegetables in These Delicious, Out-Of-The-Box Recipes

Bacon, Avocado, Ranch Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Social

If you always reach for the creamy, zesty goodness of ranch dressing when you're at the salad bar or mixing up some greens at home, have we got good news for you. The old standby has enjoyed a resurgence recently, and it's not just relegated to behind the sneeze guard. With these delicious recipes, you can enjoy one of your favorite salad fixings in new and exciting ways. Think main dishes, appetizers, snacks, and even pasta. Stock up on a few bottles next time you're at the grocery store—or better yet, make your own—we have a feeling you're going to need them. 

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    Ranch and Mustard Pork Chops

    Saucy baked pork chops

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    This recipe is a wonderful combination for a creamy, finger-lickin' good sauce for ranch and mustard pork chops. Add chopped garlic for an extra zesty flavor or some chopped celery for brighter color and crunch. Your whole family will love this simple weekday meal.

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    Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

    Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

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    Make spicy ranch chicken wings at home and get the taste of the sports bar right in your own living room. These ranch-infused wings will go great while watching the big game or any casual afternoon gathering or family meal. Serve with French fries and fresh celery and carrots with extra ranch dressing for dipping. Use more hot sauce for a spicier flavor or less if you like a milder taste.

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    Bacon, Avocado, Ranch Sandwich

    Bacon, Avocado, Ranch Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Social

    You probably don't think of the classic bacon, avocado, and ranch dressing sandwich as healthy. With this homemade, guilt-free bacon, avocado, ranch sandwich recipe, you can enjoy the classic flavors without worrying about breaking your diet.

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    Baked Ranch Chicken Thighs

    Baked Ranch Chicken Thighs

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    Ranch gives these easy, baked ranch chicken thighs a zippy flavor that's truly addictive. Stash a few packets of ranch dressing mix in your pantry to make this quick and simple dinner any busy weeknight. This recipe calls for chicken thighs, but whole legs or drumsticks would also taste great. 

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    Creamy Ranch Crab Dip

    Creamy Ranch Crab Dip

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    Use good-quality crab or imitation crab meat for this tangy, creamy ranch crab dip. Ranch dressing gives it a unique flavor and sour cream adds an extra tang. Serve it with a variety of crackers or even baguette slices for a party dip that will delight your guests. 

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    Crispy Ranch Chicken Breasts

    Crispy Ranch Chicken and side salad

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    Combining ranch dressing mix with breadcrumbs gives these crispy ranch chicken breasts a nice crispy crunch. Even beginners in the kitchen can work up the dish. Be careful when working with raw chicken, as it can carry harmful bacteria if you don't wash your hands and utensils thoroughly. 

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    Slow Cooker Ranch Potatoes

    Slow Cooker Ranch Potatoes

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    This simple slow cooker ranch potatoes recipe is perfect for a family meal or a big gathering. Because it cooks all day, you can toss the ingredients in the slow cooker, then forget about it while you prep for the party. Toss in some crumbled bacon or diced ham for extra umami flavor.

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    Ranch and Crab Potato Salad

    Ranch and Crab Potato Salad

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    This creamy ranch and crab potato salad is the perfect upgrade to a classic recipe. Don't be afraid of the pickles—they add an excellent crunch that will surprise your guests. Use good flaked crab or imitation for the best results. You can also sub in Yukon Gold, Russet, or red-skinned potatoes with the skin on, for slightly different tastes. 

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    Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Buffalo Chicken Dip

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    Taste chicken wings on a chip with this awesome Buffalo chicken dip. It's great for a potluck or as an appetizer at a casual party, and you can adjust the heat level by adding more or less hot sauce. Serve it with tortilla chips or small slices of toasted baguette. Crudite vegetables would be a lovely fresh complement. If you don't have a rotisserie chicken, shredded leftover chicken works just as well.

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    Versatile English Pea Salad

    Versatile English Pea Salad

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    Make the most of fresh spring peas or sprightly frozen ones in this fresh and versatile English pea salad. Chopped hard-boiled eggs make a popular addition, and crumbled bacon or diced ham will give it a smoky, meaty accent. Fresh dill or chives would also add a lovely herbal note, either stirred in or sprinkled on top as a garnish.