i stopped buying prepackaged seasoning once i realized how much sugar and chemical additives there are in the vast majority of them. this was probably about a year ago, and i have tried several combinations to get my seasoning just the way i like it. a friend sent me a recipe (and i have no idea where she got it, so i can't give the credit) but it was a little too bland for me...however, playing around with ratios and a couple of added spices did the trick!
not only is this healthier than prepackaged mixes, it's WAY cheaper. and it's not time consuming at all. you can whip up a batch of the seasoning AND a container of ranch dressing in less than 10 minutes.
so, here's my recipe.
2 tsp parsley
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper
4 tsp dill
4 tsp onion powder
1 tsp basil
mix and store in airtight container. i love the round spice tins for this, and they're less than $2
i love that this is truly a base recipe. it's great on it's own, but it's also adaptable. if i want to make it a chipotle ranch, i just add a bit of chipotle along with the ranch mix when i make the dressing. i use a tablespoon of this mix in anything that calls for a packet of ranch seasoning. so far, that seems to be the correct ratio!
so for the dressing itself
1 tbsp dry ranch seasoning
approximately 1 cup each sour cream, olive oil mayo and skim milk
you know, mix together (i use an immersion blender). pictures are self-explanatory.
it'll keep in the fridge for a week or more, although it never (ever) lasts that long at our house. enjoy!
(if you click on this picture, you're sure to find some tasty recipes. in fact, there's a lemon squares recipe that i'm salivating over at becky's blog!)