Creamy Goat Cheese Ranch Dressing

In the last 48 hours, I have created, conjured, cooked, and photogged 24 recipes. My stomach has that sickly sugar coating–you know the feeling. My kitchen sink is crying. I can hear it from downstairs. Deep, tired moans. Poor dear. No sink should see that many dishes in a two day period.

But that’s the way it goes when you’ve been given the gift of freelance writing opportunities for Betty Crocker, and Tablespoon, and Babble. You just cook. Then cook. Then cook some more. I wish I could say it stinks. It doesn’t. It smells like tart cherries and oatmeal cookie morning glories. No, there’s not such a thing. Go with me here.

Wanna see a list of what’s come out of my kitchen over the last two afternoons?

There were…

1. Bacon Cookies

2. Boston Cream Cuppies

3. Birthday Milkshakes

4. Holiday Mojitos

5. Festive Christmas Cookies

6. Creamy Chocolate Mousse

7. Lemon Meringue Pie

8. One-Bite Pumpkin Desserts

9. Push-Up Cake Pops

10. A Yummy Breakfast Casserole

11. Tacos

12. Afterschool Apple Snacks

13. Frosting filled cupcakes

14. Oreo Ice Cream Cocoa

15. Cookie Dough Cakes

16. Grilled Peaches

17. Caramel Apple Popcorn

18. September Succotash

19. Sweet Tomato Jam

20. Cookie Dough Hot Cocoa

21. Cobbler Bars

22. Pumpkin Soup

23. Spicy Garlic Pasta

aaaaand….

24. Cheesy Pizza Bread

After such a list of recipes, can you see why this afternoon for lunch, all I wanted was the crisp, simple goodness of romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and homemade ranch dressing?

During my umpteenth stop at the grocery store this afternoon, I found goat cheese and fresh herbs on Crazy Sale. Crazy Sale is better than plain-old Sale. It means you HAVE to purchase the item immediately, and so I did. I tossed together the simplest of salads, and whipped up this incredible homemade ranch dressing with the added goodness of goat cheese (Sorry, Kim! I know you said no recipes with goat cheese! ;) and found myself eating the final bits of salad with a spoon. Anything to sop up the perfectly subtle flavor of this incredible dressing.

Anything to drown out all that freelanced sugary sugarness.

Thanking my lucky stars that anything was this.

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Creamy Goat Cheese Ranch Dressing

This is such a simple recipe, but it's perfect. Simple, perfectly perfect. I've made the permanent switch from traditional mayonnaise to Vegenaise, so indicated that in the recipe below, but don't get yourself all riled up if all you have is the classic stuff. It will do just fine in this recipe.

Ingredients:

4 ounces goat cheese
1/2 cup Vegenaise (or mayonnaise)
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon fresh or dried dill
1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder
2 medium-sized leaves of fresh sage
1/4 teaspoons fresh thyme (no need to measure, just toss in a few pinches)
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
lots of fresh ground pepper

Directions:

In a blender, mix all ingredients together until pureed. Serve over fresh-cut romaine with cherry tomatoes, or any other favorite salad that pairs well with ranch.

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22 Responses to “Creamy Goat Cheese Ranch Dressing”

  1. 1

    Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair on September 16, 2011 at 1:40 am Reply

    Damn, that is a GOOD lookin’ salad! I am hungry looking at it! And it is well after midnight! Awwww! I want to snuggle the salad through the computer! lol Is it kosher to snuggle salads? lol

    • Brooke replied: — September 18th, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

      Yes, it was the finest salad. But, keep it simple and go with cherry tomatoes, only. I’d plum run out and wanted some red in the salad so tossed in some diced bell peppers, and it simple wasn’t as good as plain old tomatoes. Bah humbug!

  2. 2

    peachkins on September 16, 2011 at 3:41 am Reply

    yumyum!

  3. 3

    Katrina on September 16, 2011 at 5:55 am Reply

    Yum! This sounds super tasty.

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    Erin on September 16, 2011 at 8:16 am Reply

    I love when things go on the Managers Sale! Usually I buy my ingredients within a day of making it so it doesn’t matter if it’s about to expire! But I cannot believe how much cooking you have done! I would need a serious vacation after all that. And who eats it all?

    • Brooke replied: — September 18th, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

      Sigh. Managers sale. Sigh.

  5. 5

    Bev Weidner on September 16, 2011 at 10:31 am Reply

    I have no idea how you were able to cook 28 things in only 48 hours! That’s one thing, every 2ish hours. Or 4 things every 30 minutes. Or 8 things every 6 hours.

    Never mind.

    I need that salad in my face.

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    Kendra on September 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Dang girl! You must be working on a sugar high. Can’t wait to see the recipe for Cookie Dough Hot Cocoa – my daughter will love it just because of the name.

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    Mel on September 17, 2011 at 8:40 am Reply

    Wow, Brooke! You’ve been busy! and bacon cookies? I can’t wrap my head around that one! ;-) So, I had a dream last night that we were visiting you and I for some reason went into your laundry room (which was HUGE) and you had like 16 washers and dryers including 2 huge sets and 4 kid size sets (I guess one for each child). It was immaculate and half the machines were running and I found myself in awe! ;-) It was a pretty funny because I’m sure you only have ONE washer and dryer….don’t you?! ;-) Can you come to Kelli’s shower? Kelli and I were both saying how sad we

  8. 8

    Mel on September 17, 2011 at 8:42 am Reply

    my daughter (yes, the baby) just did that! lol

    how sad we are that you’re moving! I will miss you! But, would love to see you before you go! :-)

    • Brooke replied: — September 18th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

      LOL! You sweetie, Mel! And, of course I will MISS YOU and your brilliant Enliven Fit Boot Camps! The best way to welcome a sunrise into Colorado Springs!

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    Kalyn on September 17, 2011 at 10:40 am Reply

    You had me at goat cheese!

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    Rebecca ~ Sweet Baby Yams on September 17, 2011 at 11:27 am Reply

    Wow, that looks so GOOD!

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    leslie on September 18, 2011 at 5:47 pm Reply

    OMG..all of that in 2 days!!!?????

    • Brooke replied: — September 18th, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

      OMG….YES! It’s wonderful! It’s horrible! It’s the easiest way to muss your kitchen all up!

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    Amy @ twotruefoodies on September 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm Reply

    Yum! I have some goat cheese in the frig that I need to use. I think it will be in this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

    • Brooke replied: — September 18th, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

      Oh, do it! Just do it!

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    shelly (cookies and cups) on September 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm Reply

    That’s quite the list of deliciousness!

    But this salad dressing look like it will be coating my next plate of salad. LOVE!

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    Maryhomemama on October 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Made this once, made this twice,
    Gonna make more, it’s really nice!!!
    Absolutely best Ranch Dressing I have ever had. Won’t buy it anymore!

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