Kids Will Eat Anything with Ranch Dressing

If you have picky eaters in your home, you already know the magic a bit of ranch dressing can work on a turned-up nose. Now, try one of our recipes that showcase this favorite.


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Two-Step Crunchy Chicken Strips
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Two-Step Crunchy Chicken Strips

    As directed, this recipe produces plump pieces of yummy cracker-coated chicken in about 20 minutes. For an even speedier version, start with cooked chicken breast strips from the deli case and proceed as directed.

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Mango-Broccoli Salad

    Mangoes, oranges, and ranch dressing provide a tantalizing cover-up for super-healthy broccoli.

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Lone Star BBQ Ribs

    Mmmm dogie, you won't believe the magic that's in this marinade. But here's a warning: Although the sauce might not seem hot at first, it'll sure sneak up on you! Dip the ribs in ranch dressing to cool them down.

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Terrific Tortellini Salad

    Bright-colored vegetables lurking among cheese-filled tortellini and ranch dressing transform even picky eaters into vegetable eaters.

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Swimming Tuna Sandwiches

    Zippy ranch dressing and three other ready-to-go ingredients come together in this protein-packed sandwich that will keep "starving" kids going until after school.

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Champion Chicken Pockets

    Low-fat yogurt and ranch salad dressing top cold chicken salad hiding in a pita half. This sandwich is a surefire brown bag winner.

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No-Grill Sandwich

    A basic BLT sandwich gets easier when you toast the bread instead of grilling it -- and tastier when you substitute ranch dressing for mayonnaise.

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Star Bright Sandwiches

    A gooey ham-and-cheese filling is topped with ranch dressing before being tucked away into a star-shaped roll. You can bake these kid-pleasers in advance and freeze them.

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BLT in a Bowl

    It doesn't get much better than this: savory bacon, crisp lettuce, and succulent tomatoes all covered in creamy ranch dressing.

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Five-Spice Chicken Wings

    Five-spice powder is a blend often used in Asian cooking, but we've used it to dress up these chicken wings with two yummy variations plus ranch dressing for dipping sauce.

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Creamy Ranch Chicken

    This kid-pleasing chicken entree features noodles, bacon, and ranch dressing mix.

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Wheelie Ham Salad

    Pop a wheelie at the dinner table! Serve up this pasta salad loaded with summer zucchini, savory ham, and juicy tomatoes, all coated in crowd-favorite ranch dressing.

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Smashed Veggie-Cheese Sandwich and Tomato Soup

    What kid wouldn't want to eat a "smashed" sandwich with ranch dressing? The sandwich and chunky tomato soup make a powerful lunch duo.

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Low-Cal Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

    Substitute ranch dressing for the blue cheese dip and serve with crisp celery sticks and lots of napkins.

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Fresh Green Bean and Mushroom Casserole

    A toasty whole-grain topper replaces the traditional fried onion rings to keep fat and sodium in check. Ranch dressing mix gives the dish some zip.

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Spiced Chicken Thighs and Bean Salad

    For an even quicker chicken dish, replace the green beans and edamame with 6 to 8 cups coarsely torn romaine lettuce. Toss with dressing and serve.

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Ranch Pork Roast

    This is no ordinary roast with potatoes. Made with a tangy, creamy sauce of cream cheese seasoned with ranch dressing, this one-dish meal stands in a category all its own.

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Confetti Potato Salad

    Remember this slimmed-down salad when fresh green beans are at their peak. You'll love that the reduced-calorie ranch salad dressing helps make the salad only 108 calories per serving. Your family will love the creamy taste of ranch.

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I-Can't-Believe-I-Like-My-Veggies Dip

    Take the plunge with carrots, celery, green pepper strips, broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, or cucumber rounds. They're all yummy with ranch dressing dip.

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Tangy Thyme Fish

    The flavorful sauce drizzled over this fast-to-fix fish gets its punch from savory thyme and ranch salad dressing. Serve with steamed or grilled green and yellow summer squash.

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