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Test Kitchen Approved

Smoked Black Pepper Ranch Dressing

Recipe By Mike Johnston, Savory Spice founder


2 cups

Recipe By Mike Johnston, Savory Spice founder

Pan roasting the spices and then freshly grinding them accentuates the unique and smoky flavor of this twist on a classic ranch.

Serving Suggestions

Drizzle over salad greens or serve as a dip for your favorite wings, chicken fingers, French fries, or veggies. Delicious drizzled over baked potatoes too!


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup Greek yogurt

1 cup buttermilk

4 tsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. salt

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Whiskey Barrel Smoked Black Pepper

    Whiskey Barrel Smoked Black Pepper is one of our all-time favorite seasonings. These cracked peppercorns become smoked peppercorns at our Denver, C...

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  • Minced Garlic

    Garlic, native to Central Asia, quickly spread to the Mediterranean and now is cultivated and widely used all around the world. As it’s one of the ...

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  • Worcestershire Sauce

    Say hello to your new secret ingredient! Our Worcestershire Sauce is vegan and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy it. Worcestershire Sauce is common...

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  • Coriander Seeds

    Coriander is the dried seed or fruit of the Coriandrum sativum plant, which belongs to the parsley family. Cilantro is the leaf of this same plant ...

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  • Yellow Mustard Seeds

    Myrosinase is the enzyme that creates the pungent taste of mustard and is activated by water. Thus, when cooked in oil, the taste of the seeds wil...

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Step 1: Toast spices

In a small skillet over medium heat, dry roast Whiskey Barrel Smoked Black Pepper, Minced Garlic, Coriander Seeds, and Yellow Mustard Seeds until just aromatic or the seeds start to pop. This will take 1 to 3 min.; stir constantly. Immediately transfer to a small bowl to stop the cooking and avoid burning. Transfer roasted spices to a spice or coffee grinder and grind into a coarse powder.

Step 2: Assemble

Place ground spices in a medium bowl. Add the mayonnaise and yogurt and stir to incorporate the spices thoroughly. Stir in the remaining ingredients until smooth. Chill before serving.