Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cucumber Ranch Dressing

This is a shout out to one of my oldest and dearest friends, Katie B.  When we were little we spent a great majority of our days together, whether it be playing German Spotlight in her neighborhood, babysitting 6 kids together while we were at the ripe old age of 12, or spending our days jumping on a trampoline for hours, we were pretty much inseparable!  When exhaustion would head home to some sort of healthy snack her mother, Kathy, had waiting for us.  No matter what it was, Katie always seemed to add Creamy Cucumber Ranch dressing.  I have recently been in search of anything I can make with a cucumber as they have taken over my garden!  When I came across this recipe I immediately thought of Katie and knew I absolutely had to make it!

Cucumber Ranch Dressing
1 medium cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and 
grated on the large holes of a box grater 
1 tablespoon shallot, finely chopped 
3/4 cup sour cream 
1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk 
1/4 cup mayonnaise 
3 1/2 tablespoons (about 1 lemon) fresh lemon juice 
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt 
Pinch of cayenne pepper 
3 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped 
3 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped 

Stir together cucumber, shallot, sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, cayenne, parsley, and chives in a medium bowl. Season with additional salt and cayenne, if desired.

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