Wednesday, January 12

Basil Pesto Ranch

This recipe came as a suggestion from my husband.  Several weeks ago, we were having green salad with our customary homemade ranch dressing (yum! yum!) and he suggested I add some of my homemade pesto to it.  At the end of last summer, to utilize my mass amounts of fresh basil I had on hand, I made up a whole bunch of pesto and then froze it.  Some I froze in ice cube trays (for approximate tablespoon portions) and some I froze in larger 1/2 cup portions.  Until he suggested it, I had completely forgot all about my pesto and I thought it was a great way to start using it up. 

I thought his idea sounded wonderful and the verdict....

it was.  

Basil Pesto Ranch

1 cup buttermilk (you can make your own if you don't have any)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
4 tablespoons homemade or prepared pesto 
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise

Combine the buttermilk, lemon juice, and all dry ingredients, whisking until combined.  Add the mayo and pesto and whisk until smooth.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to develop flavors. Serve over green salad.

This recipe is linked to:

Designs By Gollum Foodie Friday 
Life As Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap
Miz Helen's Country Cottage Full Plate Thursday 
Paisley Passions Fun With Food Friday


Katie said...

This sounds delicious. Next time I make some pesto I will have to remember this!

Visiting from URS...thanks for sharing!

Miriam said...

I adore this dressing already! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Melynda said...

This sounds so good, I have basil pesto in the freezer just waiting to be enjoyed. Thanks.

21st Century Housewife© said...

This sounds wonderful. I love homemade dressings, and we are huge pesto fans in our house!

Miz Helen said...

Thank goodness you brought over a great dressing for our salad at Full Plate Thursday. I am putting it on my salad right now and I can hardly wait to try it. Thank you so much for coming today and please come back!

Domestic Nerd said...

Looks great! I always love new homemade dressing recipes!

Donnie said...

That looks like it would taste really good.

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

SUPER yummy looking! So glad I stumbled upon your blog! I host a new food linky called, Fun w/ Food Friday. I would LOVE for you to come by and link up some of your DELICIOUS recipes if you have time.

Anonymous said...

Yum.... I'm your newest follower.

Amy said...

Yum...simple and delicious. I'm sure I'll love this dressing!

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MOMMY-MOMO said...

im coming over from Organizing junkie menu monday! that looks soo good! I love ranch so i have to give this a try :)

ButterYum said...

Huh... I've never thought to combine pesto and ranch dressing. Great idea!

Shu Han said...

that sounds like such a great dressing! a combination of 2 delicious sauces in the first place! this is a great idea for sth to include my pesto in (:


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