September 7, 2012
Homemade Ranch Dressing
I love ranch dressing. I like it on salads, on veggies, on sandwiches and on cheese quesadillas, just to name a few. I like to use the powdered version for seasoning meat and casseroles and I use it to make a few different sauces my family enjoys on a regular basis.
The problem is that it’s not getting any cheaper. In fact, a measly little packet of Hidden Valley Dressing mix is something like $1.75. Really? And then I still have to add mayo and milk? A family-size bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch is five bucks and change at Walmart.
Well, I’m not taking it lying down. Nope. No way. Tonight dinner was late because I decided to experiment and make my own Homemade Ranch Dressing.
First I googled, and pulled up this recipe and this one. I whipped up a little of each one, and as usual, decided to tweak them a bit.
Here’s what I came up with:
How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
For dressing, dip and sauces:*depending on what you are making
- sour cream
- chipotle tabasco
- Mix all ingredients together to make the following:
- Dressing - Mix with 1 cup mayo, 1/2 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vinegar. Refrigerate for one hour to thicken consistency.
- Dip - Mix with 16oz container of sour cream
- Chipotle Sauce - Mix with 1 cup mayo, 1/2 cup milk and jazz up with Chipotle Tabasco according to your spicy preferences. Refrigerate to thicken. Note: this is amazing on fish tacos or turkey subs.
- Big Batch - Multiply this recipe as many times as you like and store in an airtight container. When ready, use 1 Tablespoon + 2 Teaspoons to make dressing, dip, sauce or in any recipe that calls for one packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix.
How much does it cost?
While I didn’t do the math to break down each bottle of spice into cost per teaspoon, I did figure that this recipe costs less than $1 per batch.
I buy the low end version of most of my spices unless I find them on sale. Here’s what I spent per bottle on the spices I used:
- Garlic Powder, Dill, Onion Powder $0.86 each
- Thyme, Basil $1.99 each
- Season Salt, Pepper $1.99 each
- Parsley $4
Considering I will get at least 20 batches from each spice, the cost is $0.04 – $0.20 per ingredient and works out to be about $0.72 per batch. Sure beats $1.50, huh?
I use a repurposed Hidden Valley Ranch bottle for my Homemade Ranch Dressing and a $2 Dollar General plastic canister for the big batch of dry ingredients.