Posted by Tara on Saturday, January 7th, 2012
I love Ranch Dressing, particularly the Hidden Valley Ranch or O’Charley’s varieties. However, like many store bought, ready made foods, most dressings and packed mixes contain MSG. According to Dr. Mercola (www.mercola.com) this chemical is actually an excitotoxin which can aggravate ADHD, and cause headaches and other unwanted health issues. MSG tends to mess with my heart rhythm so I try to avoid this chemical in my diet at all costs.
This took all of about 2 minutes to make and I stored the mix in a Ball jar. This mix is also much cheaper than buying the ready made stuff at the grocery for sure.
(Since I originally posted this recipe last year, our younger son decided to go gluten free. The original recipe called for 15 saltine crackers to be blended in the food processor. I recently made this mix and omitted the saltines. The taste was in no way affected but over time, the mix tended to clump together a bit. A gluten free brand of crackers such as GLUTENO could be substituted for the saltines. So feel free to omit regular saltines altogether or use a GF brand. You may prefer to decrease the amount of buttermilk to suit your own thickness preference.)
You will need:
- 15 saltines crackers or use GLUTENO brand of crackers to for Gluten Free version
- 2 cups dry parsley flakes, minced
- 1/2 cup instant minced onion
- 2 tablespoons dry dill weed
- 1/4 cup onion salt
- 1/4 cup garlic salt
- 1/4 cup onion powder
- 1/4 cup garlic powder
Dump all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until completely powdered.
For Ranch Dressing: Combine 1-2 Tablespoons dry mix, one cup mayonnaise and one cup buttermilk. (I like 2 Tablespoons).
For Ranch Dip: Combine 1-2 Tablespoons dry mix and 2 cups sour cream. (I like 2 Tablespoons).
Use this mix to make Sassy Little Oyster Crackers, Ranch Pretzels, Ranch Popcorn, Ranch Chicken, or Ranch Potatoes.