I was the weirdest kid on the planet. My favorite actress was Bette Davis, the only class I ever tried to skip was P.E., and I had a collection of soaps (that’s right…I collected fancy soaps like most kids collect baseball cards).
Even weirder…I didn’t like ranch dressing. While most kids were gleefully dipping pizza crusts (it’s a Southern California thing), it was all I could do not to gag. It wasn’t the taste…it was the texture. The stuff just looked putrid to me – it was too runny, like it was just white colored water. Don’t even THINK that I would ever use it to top vegetables!
Luckily, the Hidden Valley people heard my pleas.
I was invited to Pop Burger try the new versions of their ranch dressing, made specifically for dipping and topping. No more white water, no more unsightly puddles of ranch pooling all over the plate, and the topping itself lost that saccharine aftertaste.
In the forefront is the regular ranch topping. Tangy, fragrant with garlic, and far more savory than its previous incarnation. The salsa ranch is even better – slightly spicy with even more garlic flavor and just a bit spicy – more zest than real heat. I also love how the salsa ranch is totally smooth – no stray bits of bell pepper peel to disturb the homogenous texture.
French fries (crispy and liberally salted) were delicious in the plain ranch topping. Kind of like dipping them in mayonnaise, but with an herby quality that really enhanced the taste of the potato.
The mini burgers (overcooked, but still soft and tasty) topped with the salsa ranch are also great – they get a delicious zip and tang from the dressing, which stays on the burger without dripping too much or getting too watered down.
This actually changed my view of ranch. The texture has so much to do with it.
(That’s what she said)
I actually really loved the way the ranch tastes -its tangy and creamy qualities both cuts through and compliments heavy food like burgers and fries. It is perfect for people who don’t like blue cheese dressing, because it has the same thick texture with none of the blue cheese funk. I could absolutely see using this with onion rings, buffalo wings, as a dip for a great grilled cheese, and even – yes – as a dip for crudites.
Now you can try it, too! Simply leave a comment below, and you will be entered for a chance to win one bottle each of Original and Salsa Ranch toppings for yourself!
If you never liked ranch dressing, you really have to try this stuff. And if you were a weird kid too…well, of course you were. You’re reading this blog, after all!
Winners will be announced on Friday, April 6!
*I attended a press sponsored event. I was not paid or required to to write about the product, and my opinions are my own and, I feel, unbiased.*