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.
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 :
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.