Friday, September 23, 2011

Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

That is the question for you ranch dressing lovers!  My husband and I love ranch dressing.  We dip in it, use it for salad sometimes, and I have even marinated in it.  You can use the dry packets of seasoning to mix in with breading, spice up chicken or roast or use to just make great dressing, now you can stop buying those packets and make your own!

Again, on my "make it myself" spree.  I decided to find a great dry mix recipe for ranch dressing.  Well I found one.  I usually like to write my own recipes.   I found one and decided to just try it, but to me it needed more of some things and less of some things.  I went to my local Dollar Tree and got a medium sized jar with a pop on lid to store it in.  You could use a regular jar but, what fun is that?!?!  Again, utilize your dollar store for SO many of these ingredients.  It may seem pricey but I am still working on the original batch I made 3 months ago.  Its not even half gone and for the first week after I made it my husband made ranch dip or dressing every single night!
I use this to sprinkle on chicken, I sprinkle it in breadcrumbs if I am breading something.  I have used it in turkey meatloaf, and dip for sour cream and onion chips!

Ranch Dressing Dry Mix Recipe
15 saltine crackers (squares)
2 1/2 cups dried parsley flakes
1/2 cup dried minced onions
3 tbsp dill weed
1/4 cup onion salt
1/4 cup garlic salt
1/4 cup onion powder
1/4 cup garlic powder
2 tbsp black pepper

Put crackers in your food processor or blender and process until they are dust!  Add the rest of the ingredients in and give just a quick process or blend (about 5 seconds worth) and place mixture into an airtight container.

For salad dressing, combine, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 cup sour cream and 1-2 tbsp of the mixture. 

For dip, combine, 1 1/2 tbsp of mix in 1 cup sour cream.

FOR LOWER SODIUM: replace "salts" with "powders"! 

Remember, it is up to you how much you put in. Start with some and add more if you like! Make it how YOU like it!

You can't see in the photo but I have the directions written right on the jar with a sharpie marker.  

Your "dip it, drizzle it,dipping queen" Chefwannabe


  1. Oops I see I forgot to add, this goes in a blendor or food processor!!!!

  2. Question, why the crackers? I try to do low-carb. Is there something else I could use instead of the crackers? Thank you. sounds great!

    1. The saltines are there for thickening. I have seen a few people comment that they don't use them. I say go for it, I just find that my dressing isn't as nicely thick without them!! Enjoy and thanks for reading!

  3. this is a wonderful recipe love it now i can made my own without the added salts and buying it in the stores with all the salts...i have heart dec and this recipe is great to made my own...thanks

  4. I have always wanted to try making the mix myself.... Finally a recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. This is EXACTLY the recipe I have been using for YEARS! Totally LOVE IT! have all my neighbors using it too! I do use the 'powders', rather than the 'salts'and let others salt it as they choose. Also, mixing 1-2 Tbls with 1 cup buttermilk and 1 cup of REAL mayonaise (for those who like Mayonaise _ me!) makes a really creamy and thick dressing One recipe of the dry mix does last quite a long time. I do have to make it only 2 - 3 times a year. It IS WORTH the little time it takes to make it!