Friday, June 29, 2012

recipe of the week: lora's ranch mix/dressing

i have several recipes that are lined up to post...but since this is one of the bases to several of them, i thought i'd go ahead and share my ranch seasoning mix and dressing recipe.

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!)

feed my family friday



Farmgirl Paints said...

oooh thanks for this. my little LOVES ranch. it's the only way i can get her to eat salad:)

Ellie said...

Looks great! I learned I can just add garlic and parsley to vegan mayo and mix it with a little water and I'm a happy camper. I need to branch out and try some more spices!

Jensamom23 said...

I am over here from Farmgirl's party and am so happy! I love that you posted this. I am heading to the kitchen to make a batch right now!