Thursday, April 22, 2010

Homemade Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing

Ranch Dressing is a staple in our house. It is good for many things, not the least of which is getting the kids to enjoy their raw veggies more! It is good for salads, of course, but also can be a dip, used in baking great meals and is wonderful on roasted potatoes. I've recently discovered that the dry seasoning mix is a great thing to use in cooking as well. I had a big, empty spice shaker and put the dry mix in it. The recipe makes over 40 Tbsp and you only need 1 Tbsp to make a bottle of salad dressing. I shake that ranch seasoning on veggies to roast, on chicken or pork before grilling and even added it recently to a container of sour cream for a quick & easy party dip. An easy meal is to coat chicken breasts in ranch dressing and roll them in bread crumbs for "Chicken Ranch".

Ranch Seasoning & Dressing

Mix together:

2 cups Dry minced parsley flakes
1/2 cup Dry minced onion
2 tablespoons Dry dill weed
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Onion powder
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Garlic powder

You can blend above ingredients in food processor until powdered or just mix in a bowl and use as is - it's not absolutely necessary to blend in food processor. Put into container with tight-fitting lid. Store dry mix at room temperature for 1 year.

To Make Salad Dressing:

1 tablespoon dry seasoning mix

1 cup Mayonnaise

1 cup buttermilk or sour cream [or Follow Your Heart Soy Sour Cream]

Combine mix, mayonnaise and milk or sour cream and stir with a whisk. Add xanthan gum to thicken to your desired consistency. Store in the refrigerator.

1 comment:

  1. Yesterday I had made some fish and needed some seasoning. I grabbed the only thing handy and that was some hfcs italians dressing (it rarely gets used in this house), and while it was good, I know I need something healthier next time. Thanks.