Apr 29, 2012

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

After scouring the internet on a rainy Sunday afternoon, I was so happy to run into this copycat jewel. Ranch dressing isn’t a condiment but a staple in our house, so I’m always eager to try new ideas.

I must admit that I have no idea what the official seasoning mix tastes like—we don’t have Hidden Valley here and the only store that sells it charges $8,95 per bottle, I kid you not —but I was really happy with the result.

You can store the mix for up to a year and it’s one of the most versatile seasonings. We’ve use it for ranch dressing, oil dips with Moroccan flatbread, marinades and it even makes a mean garlic and herb butter!

 

Ingredients:

4 saltine crackers
4 tbsp dried parsley
4 tbsp dry minced onion
1/2 tbsp dill weed
1 tbsp onion salt
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
 

Directions:

Use a blender or food processor to grind the saltines. Mines were saltless. It happens.
Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Add the parsley and dill. I added a little less dill because it tends to get overpowering pretty fast.
Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

I never go easy on dried onion flakes. Never. Add them as well.
Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Blitz, blitz and blitz some more.
Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Stir in the garlic salt, onion salt, garlic and onion powder. That’s it, finito.
Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

You’ll end up with a gorgeous green mix. Store it in an airtight container.
Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

 
This makes roughly 8 – 1 tbsp servings.

 

According to the copycat recipe you have to add 1 tbsp seasoning mix to 1 cup mayonnaise mixed with 1 cup buttermilk. This makes way too much dressing for my family. My perfect dressing is 8 tbsp Hellmann’s combined with 6 tbsp buttermilk, 1 tbsp sour cream and 1/2 to 2/3 tbsp mix. I also add a pinch of pepper.
 

Dipping lettuce, carrot sticks and cauliflower florets into this delicious dressing somehow makes me feel less guilty.
Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

It’s a false sense of healthy, I know, but denial has never tasted better!
 

Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning
Ingredients
    4 saltine crackers
    4 tbsp dried parsley
    4 tbsp dry minced onion
    1/2 tbsp dill weed
    1 tbsp onion salt
    1 tbsp garlic salt
    1 tbsp onion powder
    1 tbsp garlic powder

Directions
    Use a blender or food processor to grind the saltines. Add the parsley and dill. I added a little less dill because it tends to get overpowering pretty fast. Add the dried onion and blitz until it’s a powder.

    Stir in the garlic salt, onion salt, garlic and onion powder. Store it in an airtight container. You can keep the mix up to a year like this. This makes roughly 8 – 1 tbsp servings.

    According to the copycat recipe you have to add 1 tbsp seasoning mix to 1 cup mayonnaise mixed with 1 cup buttermilk. This makes way too much dressing for my family. My perfect dressing is 8 tbsp Hellmann’s combined with 6 tbsp buttermilk, 1 tbsp sour cream and 1/2 to 2/3 tbsp mix. I also add a pinch of pepper.

Meal type: spicemix
Servings: 8
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    32 Comments »

    1. 1

      Any idea what the proportions are in commercially prepared garlic or onion salt? I really like to control things like salt in my recipes, so figured I would just up the amount of garlic and onion powders and add my own salt. It would just be nice to know (if anyone has discovered this already), generally what amount I should start with, and then adjust to taste, of course.

      Thanks to anyone that can help!
      Cindy 

      Cindy on Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:32 am Reply
      1. That’s 3 to 1. One tbsp onion or garlic powder on three tbsp salt!

        Kay on Apr 30, 2012 @ 1:28 pm Reply
    2. 2

      Wow! I guess my instincts to quit using it long ago were right on. Plus I never liked the way that the salt, since it is heavier, would sometimes gravitate to the bottom of the mix, so that I was not getting the “right” ratio on each shake. Actually, I try to watch that with all the seasoning blends. I do however like the ground saltines in your recipe – I think one of it’s main reasons for being there may be to help suspend or almost “bind” all of the different seasonings together.
      ~Cindy 

      Cindy on Apr 30, 2012 @ 2:12 pm Reply
      1. That’s why I always make my own mixes. You can add little extra’s and create a special blend. Plus, no E-numbers, which is a really big thing to me.

        Kay on May 1, 2012 @ 10:49 am Reply
    3. 3

      Oh man you’ve done it now, I’m not even hungry and now I’m craving fries with ranch *cries*

      Claudia on Apr 30, 2012 @ 3:28 pm Reply
    4. 4

      This is an excellent idea. We use a lot of ranch dressing for dipping purposes, but I have been more and more wary of manufactured foods and what is in them. With your recipe, I know exactly what is there. Thanks, Kay!

      Bridget Boyle on Apr 30, 2012 @ 4:01 pm Reply
      1. That’s why I am so glad with all these copycat recipes. The E-numbers, what they are and what they do, tend to scare me ever since I read up on it. 

        Kay on May 1, 2012 @ 10:50 am Reply
    5. 5

      this looks delish! Can you tell me where you got your measuring spoons- I love them!

      Kelly Jo on Apr 30, 2012 @ 6:10 pm Reply
      1. I don’t even remember. I have so many measuring spoons (it’s an addiction). These are pretty old.

        Kay on May 1, 2012 @ 10:51 am Reply
    6. 6

      So, just because I am paranoid of getting it wrong: how many saltines is that exactly? Four doubles or halves?  

      Ilse on May 1, 2012 @ 10:38 am Reply
      1. 1 saltine is just a single one. They are always packed in two, you have to break them.

        Kay on May 1, 2012 @ 10:40 am Reply
    7. 7

      Wat is een saltine? Een cream-cracker in nl? Wat voegt het voor jou toe? Ik vind een cracker in een kruidenmix zo vreemd, maar misschien mis ik iets?

      Femke on May 2, 2012 @ 2:49 pm Reply
      1. Dat is een creamcracker, alleen verkopen ze ze hier zonder zout. De cracker zit er vast niet voor de smaak; ik vermoed meer dat ze functioneren als natuurlijk bindmiddel. Ik denk dat alle kruidenmixen zoiets erin hebben zitten, dus echt vreemd is het niet. Ben juist erg blij dat ik het weet, was hier zelf nooit op gekomen het zo te doen.

        Kay on May 2, 2012 @ 2:54 pm Reply
    8. 8

      Hi Kay,

      I have heard so much about ranch seasoning but have never tried it. I would like to try this but we do not have dried onion flakes in this part of the world. Is there any way I can substitute it or is there another way that I can dehydrate the onion?

      Thanks.

      Alannia on May 7, 2012 @ 10:45 am Reply
      1. I would probably add a little extra onion powder, but no idea if you’ll get the exact same flavor then. It will still be really tasty :)

        Kay on May 7, 2012 @ 10:48 am Reply
    9. 9

      Thanks for the suggestion. I will do just that.

      Alannia on May 7, 2012 @ 10:56 am Reply
    10. 10

      This is a great mix. I used it the other day on cheeseburgers. I just mixed a spoonful of it into 1/4 cup of mayonnaise and spread it on the buns. Also doubled as french fry dip. Tasty!

      Amy on May 21, 2012 @ 8:43 am Reply
      1. You don’t want to know all the things I use it for :)

        Just posted a roasted potatoes recipe that I added this to. It’s really one of the best spice mixes, ever.

        Kay on May 21, 2012 @ 8:51 am Reply
    11. 11

      Ik heb in geen enkele supermarkt gedroogde uien kunnen vinden. Waar haal jij ze?

      Femke on May 21, 2012 @ 9:55 am Reply
      1. Ik haal de mijne bij de toko. Maar kocht eerst altijd van die potten gedroogde uien (rode uien, geloof ik) bij de AH.

        Kay on May 21, 2012 @ 9:57 am Reply
    12. 12

      Hoi Kay.

      Vol enthousiastme wilde ik dit gaan maken, vandaag bij de toko fried onions gekocht.  Stom,stom ik zie nu dat je gedroogde gebruikt. Ik kan trouwens niet zeggen dat ik die daar gezien heb.

      Gr, Marita   

      marita on Jun 22, 2012 @ 8:15 pm Reply
    13. 13

      Ik ben nu al weken op zoek naar gedroogde uien en heb tot nu toe alleen gebakken uitjes bij de toko gezien, maar niet gekocht;-)

      Femke on Jun 23, 2012 @ 7:30 am Reply
      1. Serieus? Hier heb je ze dozenvol staan. In van die vierkante plastic kuipjes. 

        Kay on Jun 23, 2012 @ 8:37 am Reply
    14. 14

      Ja, serieus. Ah, Spar, Plus, Jumbo in Dordrecht heeft niets opgeleverd. De Aldi moet ik nog proberen. Volgend weekend ga ik naar Groningen en zeker weten dat ik weer een supermarkt op zoek;-)

      Femke on Jun 23, 2012 @ 11:05 am Reply
    15. 15

      Ummm… given that onion salt and garlic salt are just dried onion with added salt and dried garlic with added salt, would it be possible to just make this mix with dried onion, dried garlic and salt?

      Tim on Mar 29, 2013 @ 12:13 pm Reply
      1. Pretty sure that will work fine!

        Kay on Mar 29, 2013 @ 12:18 pm Reply
    16. 16

      I live in the UK, and I cannot get the hidden valley ranch seasoning, which I used to make the southwest veggi ranch dip with.   (The one I buy in Publics when I’m in the USA. My husband loves this).
      We cannot get the ranch dressing either.
      I shall definetely be trying this. I  suppose to get the spicy ranch seasoning you have to add some chilli powder or perhaps some taco seasoning which I can get in England.

      Grace on Jun 3, 2013 @ 6:32 pm Reply
      1. I add jalapeño powder to it. It’s divine!

        Kay on Jun 3, 2013 @ 7:06 pm Reply
    17. 17

      Hi Kay
      Thanks for your suggestion of jalapeno powder.
      Any idea which store sells it. I have never heard of jalapeno powder. I’m in the USA at present, so I can look for it and take it back with me to the UK.
      Thanks again.
      Grace

      Grace on Jun 4, 2013 @ 4:09 am Reply
      1. I made my own but I know Amazon sells it.

        Kay on Jun 4, 2013 @ 7:14 am Reply
    18. 18

      Hi Grace,
      Not sure if you’re still in the US, but if you are I just bought jalapeno powder at Publix. It was in the ethnic food aisle. I think the brand was Badia? And as Kay suggested, you can always find on Amazon.
      And Kay, thanks so much for the suggestion of adding the jalapeno powder to the ranch mix. It’s delicious! I’m sure my husband will love it. May just have to try making my own jalapeno powder soon…
      Thank you! :)
      Michelle

      Michelle on Jun 23, 2013 @ 10:53 pm Reply
    19. 19

      I found this to be really really salty.

      Julie on Nov 17, 2013 @ 10:30 am Reply

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