Excuse me, I know this is sooo Utah of me, but if I could dip the world in Ranch dressing, I would. I love Ranch Dressing. 

I wasn’t raised on the stuff. Ranch, like Lucky Charms or Hamburger Helper, never made it into our family grocery cart when I was growing up. In fact, I grew up snubbing Ranch.

Nose upturned, I would order at restaurants in my “Daughters of the American Revolution” voice. “I’ll have It-ah-lian, please.”

It wasn’t until college when my roommates and I decided (for some completely unknowable reason) to go to TGIFridays. We ordered an appetizer–fried green beans. Our server tried to entice us into a big tip by making fun of other customers’ Utan tendency to smother and suffocate their entrees with a healthy dose of Hidden Valley. And the whole time he was making fun of Ranch eaters,  I was thinking how MIND BLOWINGRyancth” (this was how he said Ranch in his mock Utah Valley accent) sounded right about then.

Me (after his bit had gone on for a while): “Um, excuse me?” I asked, nose turned downward since I was appropriately shamed. “But could I please have some ranch to dip these in?”

Him: “Are you serious?”

Me: (barely audible) “yes.”

Since then, I have developed a reverent adoration for the dressing, and I don’t think twice about drowning, dipping, slathering, and spreading Ryantch on everything. Salad is just the tip of the iceberg (pun not intended, but still appreciated)!

And speaking of socially unacceptable eating habits, I’ve recently realized–to my utmost shame and horror–that cheeseburgers are my favorite food of all time. And a ranch smothered cheeseburger… Oh heavens.

Either that, or it’s the time of the month.

But seriously, doesn’t this look AMAZING right about now?


  1. Jan 23, 2013
    Brooke @ Silver Lining

    Sierra, you're so funny. It's been too long since I saw you.

  2. Jan 23, 2013

    All I have to say is…you are so right. I didn't discover the joys of Ranch on hamburgers or baked potatoes till I came to college, but HOLY COW, PEOPLE! IT'S AMAZING! Also, have you ever subbed Ranch for marinara sauce on pizza? Pure beauty.

  3. Jan 23, 2013
    Cali Brown

    Oh Honey – visit Red Robin. I'm not the least bit ashamed to admit that I've only ever truly loved a burger and fries – with my husband on the side – and Red Robin has the most amazing ranch. Seriously. Go now.

  4. Jan 29, 2013

    Honey–good news and bad news. Italian dressing is not really any more lah-di-dah than ranch. If you need to order a snooty salad dressing, ask if they have a champaigne vinigarette and when they don't sigh dramatically and say you'll settle for a balsamic vinegarette

  5. Jan 30, 2013

    Excuse me ma'am, I "tagged" you in a recent post on my blog. Just FYI.

  6. Feb 02, 2013

    Umm mormon or not, I love ranch dressing.
    But I am mormon too. So…yea… Maybe it is a mormon thing. ha

  7. Feb 17, 2013
    Elisabeth @ Bella

    all of this sounds amazing. ranch was fine growing up but never a favorite…but now as a dipping sauce i love it.