The folks over at Delish recently ranked their top 9 ranch dressings, based on a taste testing contest. The rankings give some good insight into the differences in several bottled ranch varieties, but I have to say, I’m a bit surprised by the results.
You can find their rankings here: https://www.delish.com/cooking/g21053364/best-bottled-ranch-dressing/
With so many good competitors out there, it’s not surprising that Hidden Valley came in around the middle of the rankings, but I am a bit surprised by some of the brands that beat them out. I like a lot of Newman’s products, but I think their ranch is mediocre at best, yet it managed to beat out HV by a hair. Also, the number one spot was taken by Kraft… I’ve never been a fan of their ranch products, as I think they taste very “processed” and unnatural, but apparently a lot of other folks like that. To be fair, I haven’t tasted the “Classic Ranch” variety that took first. Maybe it’s better than their standard ranch variety.
The number two spot was won by Trader Joe’s Organic Ranch Dressing. I haven’t tried this ranch, but Trader Joe’s makes some good stuff, so I’ll have to pick some up to see if it lives up to the name.
The contest seems to have only included varieties from the warm dressing isle – I think the results would have been different if they included some of the fresher ranch products out there like Lite House.