I think that the ranch dip mix is a quintessential part of the American diet! It seems it makes any meal delicious if you have the ability to "dip" it! In our household that means pizza, breaded chicken, breaded zucchini, veggie sticks and patties of all sorts. A simple food, plus a simple dip, with a nice salad and you have yourself a decent meal. The upsetting part is that the ranch dip mixes in the store bought packets are anything but decent...
Only 3 ingredients are recognizable foods (and the main three ingredients are maltodextrin, salt and MSG)! Gulp! Gulp! Gulp!
Hidden Vally Original Dip Mix: "Maltodextrin, Salt, Monosodium Glutamate, Onion*, Spices, Garlic*, Modified Food Starch, Less Than 2% Of: Calcium Stearate, Natural Flavor."
However, with 5 very basic pantry ingredients, you can have yourself a tasty ranch dip mix option that is very inexpensive to make! It is also healthy as it is created with nutritious and powerful herbs and spices.
(While I did share a ranch mix many years ago, I now prefer this updated recipe. Maybe you will too...)
Makes approx. 1 pint jar
- 1/2 c. dried parsley
- 1/4 c. garlic powder
- 2 tbsp. onion powder
- 1/4 c. salt (we use the Himalayan pink salt)
- 2 tbsp. ground black pepper
Mix together all the ingredients and pour into a pint sized jar.
I have provided a label to paste to the jar to make refills convenient. I noticed that half the battle to making the mixes is finding the recipes in the heat of the moment. When they are on the jars, it takes literally minutes to make!
To prepare the ranch dip:
Mix together 1 cup of sour cream with 2 1/2 tsp. of the dip mix. For best results, let it chill in the refrigerator a few hours before serving to allow flavors to “marry”.
- Substitute 1/4 c. of plain kefir for part of the sour cream to create a tasty probiotic blend.
- Squeeze some lemon juice into your prepared ranch mixture for a more tart flavor.
I think these make useful little gifts! Make a few extra pints for hostesses!
Free printable recipe with convenient label is found HERE.
Recipe was adapted from Live Simply Blog.