Summertime is all about fresh, simple meals that are perfectly shareable. From potlucks to barbecues to weeknight dinners, throwing together a quick dish that can feed a crowd is a top contender when searching for recipes. Simplicity is taken to a new level when that same recipe can be used in a variety of ways. That's why we love this BBQ ranch dressing. Whether you're tossing it in a salad or enjoying it with your favorite veggies, this dressing tastes like summer — and it's good for you, too. Packed with protein from farmer-owned, nutrient-rich cottage cheese, even your pickiest taste testers will never guess this as an ingredient.
BBQ RANCH DRESSING
32 ounce container cottage cheese (we're partial to Kemps)
1 packet ranch seasoning
2 T barbeque sauce
1/2 cup water, more if needed
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor, beginning with 1/2 cup of water.
Blend until smooth, adding more water 1 tablespoon at a time to thin if needed.
Pour back into the cottage cheese container to store.
Refrigerate for up to a week.
We love this dressing as a dip with fresh veggies or chips, tossed on a summer salad or drizzled onto a sandwich. Here are some of our favorite combos:
- Santa Fe salad — Green lettuce, black beans, tomatoes, roasted corn, queso fresco, red onion, grilled chicken
- Potluck pasta salad — Cooked macaroni noodles, cubed cheddar, thawed green peas
- Chopped salad — Broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, celery, or any of your favorites
- Zesty turkey wrap — Flour tortilla, green lettuce, red onion, tomato, pepper jack cheese, turkey lunch meat