A WONDERFUL dry ranch mix you put together yourself, then just mix with mayo and buttermilk. Get your seasonings on the 'ethnic' or 'Mexican' aisle of the market in bags; much cheaper! Enjoy!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
300
Yield:
4 cups dry mix
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Ingredients

300
Original recipe yields 300 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the parsley, garlic salt, crushed saltines, minced onion, onion salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dill weed, and black pepper in a sealable container; shake.

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To prepare:

Mix 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk. Chill at least 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

2 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 0.5g; fatg; cholesterolmg; sodium 340mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2013
I have been using this recipe as is for years. It is good. The flavor is just about spot on for Hidden Valley. My only complaint has been that it does not thicken like Hidden Valley especially for using as a dip. I also like the idea of using a buttermilk powder. So when I mixed up a batch this time I did not use the saltines but added a 1/2 cup buttermilk powder instead. The flavor is still great. When I mixed up the dressing just used milk instead of buttermilk since I had used the powder. This recipe is great for using in other recipes meals that ask for a package of dry Hidden Valley. It's way cheaper & of course far healthier. Also I use good Celtic sea salt & don't like to use the premade onion & garlic salts because the table salt in it is horrible. So I omitted the garlic & onion salts and instead did the conversions needed to add an extra tablespoon of garlic & onion powder & the salt separately. I worked out great. I'm experimenting now w/ added a bit of guar gum which is a natural thickener to see if I can thicken it up. Then it will be perfect! Also my next experiment will be to mix some up using greek yogurt instead of mayo to see how that tastes & see if I can make it a nice lite ranch! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/21/2009
not sure how to quite rate this as it was a base to what I actually made... I used the dried parsley garlic salt onion salt onion powder garlic powder dried dill weed but subbed 1/2 cup dried buttermilk for saltines. also used teaspoons instead of cups for smaller batch. was a good base though. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 4 stars
03/11/2013
I have been using this recipe as is for years. It is good. The flavor is just about spot on for Hidden Valley. My only complaint has been that it does not thicken like Hidden Valley especially for using as a dip. I also like the idea of using a buttermilk powder. So when I mixed up a batch this time I did not use the saltines but added a 1/2 cup buttermilk powder instead. The flavor is still great. When I mixed up the dressing just used milk instead of buttermilk since I had used the powder. This recipe is great for using in other recipes meals that ask for a package of dry Hidden Valley. It's way cheaper & of course far healthier. Also I use good Celtic sea salt & don't like to use the premade onion & garlic salts because the table salt in it is horrible. So I omitted the garlic & onion salts and instead did the conversions needed to add an extra tablespoon of garlic & onion powder & the salt separately. I worked out great. I'm experimenting now w/ added a bit of guar gum which is a natural thickener to see if I can thicken it up. Then it will be perfect! Also my next experiment will be to mix some up using greek yogurt instead of mayo to see how that tastes & see if I can make it a nice lite ranch! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2012
This mix is just what it claims to be a dry ranch mix. You can add or sub but this base is good on its own. Do not omit the crackers as it lends the texture and a certain flavor. Measure out as needed for recipes. I've used it in a dip and in a chicken marinade recipe and both had the flavor I was looking for. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2011
First, I cut this down to 4 servings. I made this to use in the "ranch oyster crackers" from this site. I omitted the saltine crackers, used 1/4 tsp garlic salt and 1/8 tsp onion salt (watching our salt intake). I had a dill mix from the pampered chef. This made a nice and mild flavor to the oyster crackers (wasn't over powering in our soup). I will make this into salad dressing next. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
08/21/2009
not sure how to quite rate this as it was a base to what I actually made... I used the dried parsley garlic salt onion salt onion powder garlic powder dried dill weed but subbed 1/2 cup dried buttermilk for saltines. also used teaspoons instead of cups for smaller batch. was a good base though. Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2014
ok the recipe is missing info. How much dry mix do you add to how much mayo or buttermilk? it needs to be finished dont you think Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/10/2015
I scaled this to 18 servings to use for the "spinach roll-ups" recipe on Allrecipes and everything turned out incredible! The only substations I made were that I used all onion powder instead of onion powder and onion salt I added some dried chives because I accidentally bought them for this recipe before realizing that a different ranch recipe called for them and I used onion flavored brown rice snaps instead of saltines due to food allergies. I haven't been able to have ranch dressing or mix since being diagnosed with allergies and am so excited to have this recipe! Next I'll try making dressing with it. Thank you for the simple and delicious recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2012
This is way better than ranch packets and has no msg. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2018
JACKPOT!! This is the recipe I've been all over the web and Pinterest looking for. Simple ingredients simple assembly. It tastes... I would say better than bottled ranch but it's SO much better it's like a different dressing. My dislike for the bottled dressing has been growing for years. I remember when Hidden Valley Ranch first came out - it didn't have buttermilk powder in it. After mixing it up I just wanted to drink it from the jar it was so good. I've NEVER wanted to drink the bottled Ranch or HVR with buttermilk powder. Not even in the same galaxy IMO. Now I have a dedicated mixing jar wide mouthed so I can whir it up with my stick blender and a dedicated refrigerator container as well which is an empty plastic honey jar with the mess-free squirt top. I don't like measuring mayonnaise in a measuring cup because it's messy so I place the jar on my kitchen scale zero it out and add 8 oz mayo 8 oz buttermilk 4 oz sour cream and the dry mix. In another recipe I read about adding 2 t dill pickle juice boosting the tanginess and also the dill flavor which I love. I intend to keep it mixed up and on hand from now on. This is a delicious recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2013
No more seasoning packets! I scaled the mix way back to 10. I want to try it out before I make a years supply. That produced about 2 packets worth of seasoning mix. I put half in a season jar and put in in the rack and with the other half I made ranch dip. Also I added about a tbsp of dry milk. Thanks! Read More
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