John’s favorite salad dressing is creamy ranch. He puts it on everything from eggs, french fries, and steak of all things. I like to make my own mix. This way not only do we have fresh salad dressing, but I can also make my own “doritos”.
I used to make this mix with flour. Then I tried buttermilk powder. But I find I like to use real buttermilk in making dressings. This led me to a dry ranch dressing mix by Aroostook, which uses saltines. Since I thought the mix needed more spices, I adapted the recipe to meet my wants and needs.
The mix is tangy, fragrant, and delicious. I do make a lot of the dry mix as I put the ranch mix into spice jars and give them as gifts to family and friends.
Until next time, happy creating.
Dry Ranch Dressing Mix
By Dina Puleo
This recipe is an adaption to Dry Ranch Dressing Mix by Aroostook.
This mix is versatile. I sprinkle it in fillings, make my own ranch “doritos” and ranch dressing. I like to fill spice jars and give them out to family and friends.
¾ cup saltines, crushed (about 17 crackers)
2 cups parsley flakes
½ cup dry minced onion
2 tablespoons dry dill weed
2 tablespoons dry basil
2 tablespoons dry chives
1 tablespoon white pepper
¼ cup onion salt
¼ cup garlic salt
¼ onion powder
¼ cup garlic powder
Put crackers and parsley flakes into a blender. Pulse until mix becomes powdered. Add the onion and dill weed. Pulse until thoroughly mixed. Now add the rest of ingredients and pulse again until well mixed.
Place the mix into an air-proof container.
To make ranch dressing
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup low fat buttermilk
2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing mix
Add ingredients to a mixing bowl. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.