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Old 01-18-2012, 09:13 PM   #1
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Just like Hidden Valley Ranch from scratch!

I am excited to share a recipe for homemade ranch salad dressing that tastes exactly like the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing made from the packet/mix. I stood in the kitchen and did a side by side taste comparison, not believing how identical the taste was. I even fooled my family!
You may be wondering, why bother? For me, I was motivated to make my own because I wanted to control the ingredients. The packet ingredients include maltodextrin, monosodium glutamate (MSG!) as the 3rd ingredient, artificial flavors, soy, gums and carboxymethylcellulose (whatever that is!). Also the cost. I pay about $4 for a 4 pack of the mix, add my own milk and mayo. Not bad. But this recipe didn't require me to buy anything special, as the first time I made it, I used regular milk I soured with lemon juice. The second time, I used real buttermilk. It was better and thicker with the buttermilk, but in a pinch soured milk would work fine.
Last: carb savings. A 2 tbls serving of HVR packet made with Best Foods/Hellman's mayo and 2% milk has 103 cals, 10.3 fat, 1.71 carbs and .5g protein. Made with 2% buttermilk, the spices and the same mayo, 2 tbls has 100 cals, 10.31 fat, .93 carb, and .65g protein. Nearly half the carbs!
My recipe is based on one I found online, but I cannot find the website now. But I did change it, so I feel comfortable calling it "my" recipe. Anyway, here it is. I hope you give it a try and like it, too.

1 cup mayo
1 cup buttermilk
2/3 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt (less if regular)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
dash ground thyme, or a pinch of the dried herb

Combine all and mix well. Chill. Makes 2 cups, or 16 two tbls. servings.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:15 PM   #2
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I love homemade copycat recipes too for all the reasons you listed! Thanks for posting this. I don't have milk or buttermilk in the house, but maybe I'll get some tomorrow and try this out.

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Old 01-19-2012, 04:06 AM   #3
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Thanks. Sounds like a nice recipe using only ingredients most of us have on hand.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:32 AM   #4
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I forgot to mention before that the HVR from the packet is the only ranch my family likes and they are picky people. I looked through several cookbooks, and sorted through many recipes online before I found one that resembled the package ingredients. Then I tweaked it based on how I tasted it. So, if you or your family are like mine, it's worth trying. And do spring for the buttermilk, it's better.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:39 AM   #5
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I might make this recipe with my milk Kefir for the buttermilk.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:40 AM   #6
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I bet that would be good, Met.
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:22 AM   #7
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Have you tried adding some dill, Speck333? I found that a little dill weed really made mine taste more like Hidden Valley. I also use fresh parsley rather than dried because I don't like the taste of dried parsley.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:47 PM   #8
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I love dill! Will have to try that.
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Oh boy thanks! Nice thing about this is you can make it up into the dry mix, use it in recipes that call for a packet of the ranch dressing or make it into dressing or for dipping. Also, I am mindful of sodium content. Prepared salad dressing tends to be very high in sodium, so now with your recipe I can controt that. I think I will add the dill as well, love that stuff. Thanks for sharing!!!! I will be keeping this around in dry form. Think I can mix it with the powdered buttermilk powder?
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Nice recipe. I use powdered buttermilk and add some dill weed. I use mayo and sour cream.Any way you make it, homemade rancho is great.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:47 PM   #11
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Oh boy thanks! Nice thing about this is you can make it up into the dry mix, use it in recipes that call for a packet of the ranch dressing or make it into dressing or for dipping. Also, I am mindful of sodium content. Prepared salad dressing tends to be very high in sodium, so now with your recipe I can controt that. I think I will add the dill as well, love that stuff. Thanks for sharing!!!! I will be keeping this around in dry form. Think I can mix it with the powdered buttermilk powder?
Just keep in mind that the Hidden Valley Ranch packet mix has a lot of fillers in it that give it more bulk than just the spices will, so the spice mix from the recipe will be more "powerful", so adjust the amounts you would use. I think powdered buttermilk would work fine, too, you would probably have to play around with the amounts though, as I've never used it myself.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:47 AM   #12
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What about substituting sour milk (vinegar/Hood milk) for the buttermilk?
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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Just keep in mind that the Hidden Valley Ranch packet mix has a lot of fillers in it that give it more bulk than just the spices will, so the spice mix from the recipe will be more "powerful", so adjust the amounts you would use. I think powdered buttermilk would work fine, too, you would probably have to play around with the amounts though, as I've never used it myself.

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What about substituting sour milk (vinegar/Hood milk) for the buttermilk?
The first time I made it I used soured milk, regular milk with lemon juice. It was almost perfect! But not as thick. I don't know how it would work with the Hood milk, try it and let us know!
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I use 2 Tbls of buttermilk powder in 1 cup of mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream. The buttermilk powder has a thickening affect.

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sounds good.
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Old 10-15-2012, 10:16 PM   #17
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While whirling my ranch dressing in the blender, I sprinkle in a tiny bit of zanthum gum and it does a nice job of thickening the dressing.
Sometimes, I make it from scratch, othertimes, I add the buttermilk and mayo and only about a third of the Hidden Valley package. (along with the zanthum gum)


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Old 10-18-2013, 11:30 PM   #18
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