The Story of Hidden Valley®
Over 50 years ago, Nebraska-born cowboy Steve Henson dreamed of striking it rich. So, along with his high school sweetheart Gayle, he did what so many young men before him had done and headed west.
Outside Santa Barbara, Steve stumbled onto 120 acres of sprawling land nestled in the mountains and filled with streams, waterfalls and picturesque views. The family bought the land in 1954 and the Hidden Valley® Guest Ranch was born.
At the ranch, guests enjoyed the great outdoors by day and home-cooked meals by night. But it was something else that brought them back again and again: delicious, homemade buttermilk salad dressing made with a special blend of herbs and spices, lovingly prepared by the proprietor – the Original Ranch®dressing.
Guests loved it and asked for jars to take home to family and friends. Soon there was so much demand for the dressing that a mail-order business began shipping Hidden Valley® Ranch dressing to an ever-growing fan base.
Today, Ranch is America’s favorite dressing, sold across the United States and in more than 30 countries, found in thousands of restaurants, and enjoyed on everything from salads to pizza. You can still enjoy the perfect taste of Original Ranch® as well as tons of great new flavors born from our rich heritage.