Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning (Copycat)

Total Time
10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

My reverse-engineered recipe for this popular packaged dressing mix yields 6 batches. You can actually substitute chicken bouillon granules for vegetable bouillon granules, if you're not serving vegetarians. Xanthan gum, an emulsifier, is sold in health food stores.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. WHISK all of the SPICE MILL INGREDIENTS into a medium bowl.
  2. FUNNEL half of mixture into a clean spice mill or coffee grinder; MILL for 5 seconds.
  3. TRANSFER mixture to a resealable container; REPEAT milling procedure with remaining mixture.
  4. ADD the SHAKE-IN HERBS to milled mixture in container; SEAL the container; SHAKE until thoroughly blended.
  5. STORE tightly sealed in a cool, dry place.
  6. FOR A SALAD DRESSING: In a bowl, combine 1 cup whole milk with 1 cup mayonnaise and 3 tablespoons of this seasoning. Mix well. Cover. Let stand in refrigerator 30 minutes to thicken. Stir before serving.
  7. FOR A CREAMIER SALAD DRESSING: In a bowl, combine 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 milk, 1/2 cup sour cream, and 3 tablespoons of this seasoning. Mix well. Cover. Let stand in refrigerator 30 minutes. Stir before serving.
  8. FOR A CHIP DIP: In a bowl, combine 16 ounces sour cream with 3 tablespoons of this seasoning. Cover. Let stand in refrigerator 30 minutes. Stir before serving.
  9. FOR A VEGETABLE DIP: In a bowl, combine 1 cup sour cream and 1 cup mayonnaise with 3 tablespoons of this dressing. Cover. Let stand in refrigerator 30 minutes. Stir before serving.
  10. SERVE and enjoy!
Most Helpful

Just made this! Love it! I have tried many copycat's and have never found one I liked. This I Love! I made the creamier version and blogged about this recipe. I hope that is ok with you. I loved it that much! Here is the location of my blog: <br/><br/>http://mystateofserenity.blogspot.com/2013/11/ranch-dressing-anyone.html<br/><br/>Thank you again for an Outstanding Recipe Chef Spice Guru!!!!

Big Sis November 09, 2013

The dressing of and by itself is fantastic! Of course, a side-by-side taste comparison with the stuff from the bottle differs somewhat with all their added "artificial (who knows what) flavors". The difference is negligible. For the purist, buy the crap in the bottle. But, for the buck, this one's a sure fire winner and one more way to eliminate yet another expensive, packaged product from my inventory. Well done sir!

Old Dave January 02, 2015