Ranch dressing goes well with a variety of foods from salads to vegetable platters. While you can purchase the dressing pre-made or purchase seasoning packets to make it yourself, to avoid excessive preservatives and give yourself total control over the dressing's taste, you can make your own ranch dressing seasoning mix using basic homemade spices.
Things You'll Need
- Dill weed
- Hot pepper sauce
- Parsley flakes
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Sour cream, milk or buttermilk
Measure 1/2 tsp parsley flakes, dill weed and chives into a small bowl. You can remove spices if you don't like the taste of any of them, such as dill which has a very overpowering taste. Consider adding some paprika or hot pepper sauce for a more exotic tasting dressing.
Add 1/4 tsp each onion powder and garlic powder. Fresh minced garlic and onions are also an option as an alternative to their dried counterparts. If you want to store the mix for use or give it to friends and family, stick with the dried ingredients.
Add 1/8 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Add more or less to taste. Cracked pepper and sea salt add alternative tastes for extra variety. Sea salt does not contain iodine.
Add 1 cup of mayonnaise and either 1/2 cup of sour cream or 1/2 cup buttermilk to the seasoning mix when you are ready to make ranch salad dressing.
Tips & Warnings
- Add other spices to change the flavor a bit. Add some bacon to make bacon ranch dressing or change the amount of the spices to make one flavor stand out above the rest.
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