Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is amazing. Let me be honest with you. I’ve never been a big fan of Ranch Dressing. I know that sounds sacrilegious, but it’s true. I’ve always preferred sweeter salad dressings. The only time I’ve ever used Ranch Dressing on salads is when there were NO OTHER OPTIONS. No kidding. No, Ranch Dressing has never been my preferred choice.
However, I wanted to make a Cornbread Salad recipe a few weeks ago for a party and Ranch Dressing was part of the recipe. So I decided to see if I could make a healthier version so I could eat the salad. Yes, by nature “cornbread” is not all that healthy. Mine was loaded with bacon, cheese and green chilies, but overall it was a clean recipe and bacon is available these days without sugar or nitrates.
I found a from-scratch recipe for the dressing mix without all the preservatives, sugar and other ingredients the regular packaged or bottled Ranch dressings/mixes have. I chose to use Just Mayo instead of other brands of mayonnaise because it has healthier and less harmful ingredients than most. (Hint: I buy it at Wal-Mart!) I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised I was with this recipe.
No, that’s not true. I was MORE than pleasantly surprised. I was ecstatic. Me, eating Ranch dressing! Who would have thought it??? I love the idea that Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix makes up a lot and you only need to add a couple of tablespoons for each batch of dressing. That way you can make it up fresh as you go.
I only made what was necessary for the Cornbread Salad and stored the rest in my pantry. Not only did the Cornbread salad go over wonderfully, I had several people come up to me and ask me about the dressing. They loved it and so did I. That’s an amazing feat in and of itself. 🙂
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to store-bought Ranch dressing mixes, Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is superb. If you’ve run out of Ranch dressing to serve for dinner and can’t run out to the store, you may have all the ingredients on hand to make this dressing from scratch. Especially if you keep the buttermilk baking mix in the refrigerator or freezer and then use when necessary. I loved this dressing and have to admit it’s made a believer out of me. Something I never thought possible! 🙂
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is a quick and easy way to prepare your favorite salad dressing for dinner!
You can store this mix in your pantry or freezer for later use.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients for the mix.
Place ingredients on a plate or in a bowl.
Stir well to combine.
To make Ranch Dressing: Place mayonnaise and sour cream in a mixing bowl. Add Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix.
Stir to combine.
Use on salads as desired.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix can be made in 5 minutes. Mix it with sour cream and mayo and Ranch Dressing can be made in 6 minutes.
Here’s the recipe.
HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING MIX
(Recipe from Gimme Some Oven)
- 1/3 cup dry buttermilk
- 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried dill weed
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. dried onion flakes
- 1 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 tsp. dried chives
- 1 tsp. salt
- Combine ingredients and store in dry place until ready to use.
- Makes about 2/3 cup dry mix.
- 2 tbsp. Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
- 1 cup [url href=”https://www.hamptoncreek.com/just-mayo” target=”_blank”]Just Mayo[/url] mayonnaise
- 1 cup sour cream
- To make Ranch Dressing: combine 2 tablespoons seasoning mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour cream.
- Whisk to combine.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is so easy to make. Plus, it’s a much healthier, gluten free version than anything out of a bottle or box.
I really liked the way this dressing mix turned out. It was especially delightful in the Cornbread Salad I made.