11 Versatile Recipes Made with Ranch Dressing for Adults to Enjoy

Chipotle-Ranch Egg Salad Wraps
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Ranch dressing is more versatile than you might think. Recipes with ranch dressing include appetizers such as deviled eggs, side dishes like potato salad, and even main-dish ranch chicken recipes or casseroles. It's not just for children, and it's not just for dipping. Whether you use it in its bottled form, from a packet mix, or make your own from scratch, ranch dressing is a condiment you'll always want on hand. That way, you can whip up one of these enticing dishes to please ranch lovers anytime.

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Low-Cal Crispy Chicken Nuggets with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Low-Cal Crispy Chicken Nuggets Cilantro Ranch Dressing
Karla Conrad

We're giving you permission to love chicken nuggets as a grown-up with this upgraded, adult-friendly version of the childhood staple. Make your own ranch dressing with a flavor boost thanks to fresh cilantro, perfect for dipping these chicken breasts coated in breadcrumbs and baked to crispy, toasty perfection.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Matthew Clark

You won't have to call the family to the table twice when this chicken casserole is on the table—the creamy, cheesy aromas in this chicken bacon ranch recipe will do the talking for you. And you'll feel good about serving this meal, since it contains added vegetables like broccoli and mushrooms for more nutrition.

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Air-Fryer Pickle Chips

Air-Fryer Pickle Chips
Matthew Clark

Looking for a healthier alternative to fried pickles? Look no further than your air fryer! Instead of being crisped in oil, these pickle chips get their crunchy exterior from a quick trip to the air fryer, so you can feel better about serving them to your family. And, of course, because fried pickles always need a dipping sauce—that's where creamy ranch comes in, mixed with spicy sriracha.

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BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad
Matthew Clark

This easy pasta salad is a must-try for anyone who's a fan of this classic sandwich. A mix of bow tie pasta, romaine lettuce, crispy bacon, and cherry tomatoes are transformed with dressing and a little mayo and sour cream to make this the ultimate creamy pasta salad. Take this salad to a summer picnic for a much quicker way to serve up BLTs to a crowd.

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Pizza Cake

pizza cake
Matthew Clark

If you can't resist dipping a slice of pizza into a cup of ranch, then this extreme pizza cake is for you. The layers of dough and classic toppings like mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms are delicious all on their own, but this recipe wouldn't be complete without a heavy drizzle of ranch dressing. If you have a family of ranch-lovers, you can drip the dressing over the entire cake, or just let everyone add as much as they want on their individual slices.

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Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo Cauliflower
Devon O'brien

Want a lighter alternative to buffalo wings? These cauliflower bites have all the spicy flavor of classic wings, but you'll sneak in a serving of veggies and avoid a lot of the saturated fat by trying this alternative recipe. Just like any other buffalo-flavored snacks, these cauliflower "wings" are at their best when dipped in creamy ranch dressing.

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Chipotle-Ranch Egg Salad Wraps

Chipotle-Ranch Egg Salad Wraps
Jason Donnelly

Say hello to your new favorite lunch. Hard-boiled eggs, avocado, green pepper, and ranch dressing come together in a whole-wheat tortilla along with romaine lettuce leaves to make this the ultimate creamy, crunchy, protein-packed wrap that will keep you fueled all afternoon.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Rolls

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pull Apart Rolls
Dera Burreson, Ryan Krull

Warning: Serve this chicken bacon ranch recipe as an appetizer to guests once and they'll be requesting these rolls until the end of time (they really are that good!). The chicken, bacon, and ranch flavors combine in a savory version of monkey bread, making this an irresistibly perfect dish to serve on game day.

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Avocado Ranch Tuna Melts

Avocado Ranch Tuna Melts
Karla Conrad

Put a new spin on a classic tuna melt by adding ranch dressing for another quick and easy lunch option. We used bottled fat-free ranch dressing here (but any kind will do), mixed with broccoli slaw, avocado, chopped celery, and tuna salad. Serve topped with a thin slice of melted cheddar cheese and a pickle spear.

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Ranch Pork Roast

Ranch Pork Roast
Blaine Moats

Let this pork roast cook low and slow in your slow cooker all day long, and you'll walk in the door at the end of the day greeted with a mouthwatering dinner. You can cook red potatoes right alongside the roast, so you'll also have a hearty side dish ready to go. And the best part? The whole thing is covered in creamy ranch sauce.

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Creamy Ranch Chicken

Creamy Ranch Chicken
Kim Cornelison

You'll want to add this chicken bacon ranch recipe to your regular dinner rotation, stat. That tasty trio is the star of this 30-minute pasta recipe that has ranch dressing added to the sauce. Adults are sure to eat this as quickly as the kids.

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