\" \" BrainStuff: What Is 'Ranch' Flavor? AdvertisementThough virtually unknown in many parts of the world, ranch is the unopposed king of salad dressing in the States. Ranch straddles the line between salad dressing and condiment, slathered on everything from veggies to pickles and tacos. We also explore the origin story of ranch, how the ingredients have evolved and whether the ranch you buy in grocery stores tastes the same as the original Hidden Valley ranch dressing. Now That's Cool Earlier we said that ranch is largely unknown in many parts of the world, and that's mostly true.