18 Reviews

This was delicious. I used the blender which did make a difference in how thick it was. I did not have butter milk so I used unsweetened coconut milk. I also did not have MSG but remembered one of the member suggesting fish sauce so I used Worcestershire sauce (just a couple squirts) to bring in the umami. I will add a pinch of dill weed net time because I think that would be yummy. Thanks for the great recipe & hints!

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ccccthda May 28, 2011

This is a wonderful dressing. I made it up yesterday for a taco salad today. I had everything in the pantry except the buttermilk so I used powdered milk and vinegar. I added the milk until it reached the desired consistency. Thanks.

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Paka February 19, 2011

Made this last night to go on a spring mix salad. I made it with all the listed ingredients and it tasted very nice. I found it a bit soupy so I increased the mayo about another 1/4 cup. I find it so silly how many folks left out the tiny 1/4 tsp MSG...if you buy any processed, canned, dried or precooked food from the grocery store you are getting plenty of MSG since it is in almost every item. They don't list it as an ingredient since it's used in the preparation processes... but each to their own. I find it adds a nice savory flavor without increasing the saltiness too much.

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NewOrleansCookMan February 15, 2011

This recipe is fantastic. I don't eat MSG so I substituted a little Miso (fermented soy paste, think Miso soup). The purpose of MSG is to enhance the flavor, it provides Umami taste or savoriness. Per Wikipedia, Umami also referred to as savoriness, is one of the basic tastes sensed by specialized receptor cells present on the human and animal tongue. Fermented soy in Miso, soy sauce, fish sauce fill the same need. If you search the internet you can find other items that fill this need.

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Chef Johnny Ringo October 08, 2010

Good recipe! I had no idea it was so easy to make ranch dressing. It was very flavorful without all the sodium and crap in commercial ranch. I left out the MSG (I don't keep that in the house), but I did add a bit of lemon juice because I thought it needed a little tang. I also added some cayanne for a bite.I used 3 cloves of minced garlic and a few teaspoons of minced onion instead of powdered. It was very thin but I'm hoping it'll set up a bit in the fridge. I even used half mayo/half sour cream as someone else suggested and it was still runny. Regardless, it tasted fantastic so I'm sure nobody will complain!

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Teresa in CO February 06, 2010

This was great, but not quite the same as Hidden Valley. I skipped the MSG (not healthy) and substituted a pinch of salt for it. I also added a bit of dill weed, but other then that followed the recipe. It was a little on the thin side, but not a big deal. Will make again.

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CoconutGirl December 31, 2009

Excellent recipe! Unlike previous posters, I thought the amount of pepper was perfect, but I did skip the MSG because of health reasons. The only thing I may try different in the future is some type of thickener, like cornstarch. It was a little on the soupy side. SO GOOD though!!!

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RacBak July 15, 2009

We really liked this recipe. I did not add the msg, and we thought it was a little peppery so next time I'll do a little less pepper. But, all in all we thought it was very good, and I will continue to make it.

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jmjohnson65 March 03, 2009

This was the first ranch I've tried that thickened up. I didn't use MSG and might cut out the thyme, but my DH and DS liked it. My DD still liked the Paul Newman better but thought it wasn't bad, so maybe I'll do half and half.

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WI Cheesehead January 16, 2009

Great! I've been searching for a good kid-friendly recipe and this was great. We avoid MSG so omitted it without a problem, and used light Hellmann's mayo. Works best when you mix in the blender. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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LonghornMama December 29, 2008
Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing Clone