The original version of this now ubiquitous condiment was created at the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch in Santa Barbara in the 1950s. The formula was subsequently purchased by the Clorox company, which uses the Hidden Valley name to this day, but "ranch" has become a generic term not just for a dressing but for a buttermilky flavor (as in ranch-flavored chips). Here's a fresh homemade version.
Japanese Salad Dressing The pungent miso also adds vitamins, protein, and nutrients to this healthy, low-fat dressing, which contains just a 1/4 teaspoon of sesame oil. Serve drizzled on top of a simple salad of iceberg lettuce and shaved carrots.