Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Recipe: Homemade Ranch Dressing

My kids are lovers of all thing condiments.  Ketchup, mustard, the beloved ranch dressing...no thanks to my condiment loving husband...have become uber staples in our home.  You know me though, I'm not a fan of the garbage put into prepared foods.  I probably won't try making homemade ketchup or mustard anytime soon, but we do use a lot of ranch dressing.  So I thought, why not, let's give it a try!  The results were fantastic and I'll never buy a bottle of high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar laden ranch dressing bottles again!

Homemade Ranch Dressing

1 tsp dried parsley, crumbled up really finely
1/2 tsp salt (I prefer sea salt)
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp dried thyme, crumbled up really finely
1/4 tsp dried dill
(now...you can make this up as a dry mix and store it in the pantry..use in place of those packets you spend a ridiculous amount of money on!)

For Salad Dressing:
Mix dry seasoning mix with 1 cup mayo (I like the olive oil kind) and 1-2 cups buttermilk (depending on how thick or thin you want it).  I like adding in 1/2 tsp lemon juice for a little zing as well, but it's not necessary.  If it's mayo tasting or thin for your liking, try adding some sour cream.

For Ranch Veggie Dip:
Mix dry seasoning mix with 1 3/4 cup sour cream and 1/4 cup buttermilk.


Update: A lovely reader mentioned not having buttermilk on hand and I thought I should pass this tip along to you all!  If you do not have buttermilk on hand, you can easily make homemade buttermilk with regular milk and lemon juice or vinegar.  There is a recipe here for it.  Also, play around with the seasonings to adjust it to your liking!  Add more or less garlic or onion powder, kick it up a notch and add some kick with chili powder, omit the dill weed if you're not a fan...make it your own!

This post is linked to:
Homemaker Monday


  1. Oooh this looks so yummy, I am so gonna try it. I never have buttermilk in though, so I will have to get that first. I'm bookmarking your page:) Thanks

  2. LOVE IT! I am going to try this! And am happy to have an alternative to the expensive packets!! I found you through tasty tuesday!

  3. LOVE IT! I am going to try this! And am happy to have an alternative to the expensive packets!! I found you through tasty tuesday!

  4. We are lovers of condiments too...sadly I might add.

    This recipe sounds WONDERFUL. I'll sure to try it. :-)

  5. This sounds like a really smart and tasty alternative to bottled ranch!

  6. Wow, I needed this recipe. London can't have the bottled kind because it has wheat. Not to mention all the junk in there.

  7. Oh what a great idea to make it up ahead of time! I am def going to make this! Thanks!

  8. This recipe sounds delicious! Glad I hopped over here from Homemaker Monday!

  9. I used to make my own ranch dressing years ago and for some reason stopped. I have gotten disgusted with the bottle stuff and have been thinking about trying to make my own again. This looks like a great recipe to try. Thanks for sharing.

  10. We made this today and the whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing it!


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