I'm all for making a quick batch of Hidden Valley Ranch when I'm in a bind, but nothing compares to this homemade mix! It is supposedly the BYU Ranch recipe (my Alma Mater), and we love it. After you whip up a batch of the dry mix, you can use it for ranch dressing or a ranch veggie dip anytime your heart desires. I love knowing exactly what is going into my kiddos rather than using a store brand. It is so yummy, you are basically using the vegetables to get the ranch into your mouth!
Homemade Ranch Mix (for Dressing or Dip)
Makes 1 cup dry mix
2 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper
3/4 cup parsley flakes
1/4 cup garlic salt
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon dill weed
In a mason jar or container with a tight lid, combine all ingredients. Shake to combine. Store in a cool dry place for up to a year.
To Make the Dressing:
1 tablespoon dry ranch mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine all ingredients until incorporated. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator. Dressing will thicken as chilled. Makes 3 cups.
To Make the Dip:
1/2 tablespoon dry ranch mix
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine all ingredients until incorporated. Serve immediately. Store in refrigerator. You can add more or less buttermilk to get the consistency you want.
Gather your ingredients for the dry mix. You will need coarse ground pepper, kosher salt, parsley flakes, garlic salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and dill weed.
In a bowl, combine 2 tablespoons pepper, 3/4 cup parsley flakes, 1/4 cup garlic salt, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon dill weed.
Place in an airtight container with a lid and shake to combine. Store in a cool dry place.
To make the dip or dressing, you will need mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, lemon juice, and the dry ranch mix. I would try to buy buttermilk for this recipe. It really does make a difference. If you really don't have access to it, you can use regular milk mixed with a tablespoon of vinegar for 1 cup of milk.
Follow the recipe above and combine your ingredients for the dip or dressing.
Stir to combine. You can increase or decrease the buttermilk to get the exact consistency you want. Remember that the dip and dressing both will thicken some in the refrigerator.
Your family and kiddos will want to be dipping everything in this! Our favorites are carrots, broccoli, sweet peppers, and olives. Of course, the olives go on the end of your finger, then dip, then eat!
Any salad topped with this dressing gets inhaled at my house. It's a good way to get veggies into kids to start them with a green salad topped with this ranch. Even my pickiest eater loves this!
Dip or dressing, you really must try this homemade version. It's famous for a reason.
Recipe Source: Recipe adapted from a recipe on The Crafty Blog Stalker