I can’t believe it’s not Hidden Valley Ranch mix

homemade mix

I love, love, love Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix and use it all the time – in soups, chili, and salads.  Just about any vegetable is better with a big sprinkle or two.  Today I was making some bean, brown rice and chicken soup and dadgummit, I was all out.

I was in no mood to go to the store, so decided to make my own.  How hard could it be?

I went on line and found several recipes for making it at home.  So I combined them and I think I’ve got it!  The real thing is pricey – about $4 for a little jar of the sprinkles if my memory serves me.  This only costs pennies and I already had all the ingredients on hand.

hidden valley recipe

Faux Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
3 Tablespoons onion flakes
2 teaspoons pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
2 and 1/2 teaspoons paprika
2 and 1/2 teaspoons parsley flakes
Mix and store in a small Ziplock bag.
For recipes calling for a packet of Ranch Dressing: Two Tablespoons = one seasoning packet

Another calls for 15 saltines pulverized in the blender :

15 saltines

2 cups dry parsley flakes, minced

1/2 cup instant minced onion

2 tablespoons dry dill weed

1/4 cup onion salt

1/4 cup garlic salt

1/4 cup onion powder

1/4 cup garlic powder

Dump all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until completely powdered.


Editor’s note: I simply took a bit from each recipe and the results were pretty good.  Recipe Zaar adds dried buttermilk, but I’ve never seen that around here anywhere, but I’ll be searching to perfect my homemade version.

6 thoughts on “I can’t believe it’s not Hidden Valley Ranch mix

  1. Emily,
    This is great! I could eat this, minus the saltines, of course. Also, it wouldn’t have any additives that a processed version would have with possible fillers that I can’t have, if I bought the right version of the ingredients — plain, plain, plain.
    Wonder how it would be mixed with a salad oil (not soy, of course), and used as a dairy-less salad dressing?
    I’d like to have the recipes you mentioned above, when you’ve got time to post them here.
    Thank you so much. I’ve been missing the use of things like that for some time.

  2. Hi, Em! Thanks for the recipes! I love the stuff, too!! I’m passing along the brand of powdered buttermilk that I’ve used for many years. I haven’t looked for it here, but I had no trouble finding it in Canton and Jackson. We’ll just ask them to start ordering it here if they don’t have it!!

    I’ve passed your website along to many people. Keep up the good work!!


  3. Ann, I will ask my Kroger guy to get it. You know, they may carry it already I just never looked for it. So what brand did you find in Jackson?

  4. Em,
    Just some of the recipes you especially like to use this seasoning in, please.
    Thanks once again!

  5. I THINK I sent a website in an attachment, but then I could have forgotten to attach it. That’s the way things are going with my life these days!!! Anyway, it was the same brand that Nance mentioned. I’m thrilled to know it’s at WalMart! However, they must have had a run on it after your article…..I couldn’t find it when I went to get some. Maybe they will restock it soon!

    Thanks again for Entertaining us, Encouraging us, Educating us, and Enriching our lives, Emily!

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