Ranch Dip Mix

I have never met someone who loves crudité as much as my husband, Jeff. He’s like a rabbit. If you were to set down a tray of cheese and crackers and a tray of raw veggies in front of him, the vegetables would be gone long before the cheese (now me – I’d eat all the cheese). And in our house, Hidden Valley Ranch Light has been a long-time staple for dipping vegetables (and pizza crusts – no, seriously – it’s really good), so I knew that finding a ranch dip would be high on the make-at-home real food list (right next to ketchup and Miracle Whip). Quality ingredients are still key. If you can use organic, non-irradiated herbs and spices (read about how processing plants fumigate spices with chemicals) for the mix and organic full-fat dairy (preferably locally-made) for the dip, the world will be a better place – and your taste buds will thank you, too! Keeping this mix in your pantry is a handy way to have ranch dip any time you want it. Make a little or a lot!

Ranch Dip Mix

Ingredients

  • 4 T dried parsley
  • 2 t dried dill weed
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 2 t dried onion flakes
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 4 t onion powder
  • 1 1/2 t black pepper
  • 2 t salt

Directions

Measure out all the dry ingredients.
dry ingredients

Combine them in a spice grinder (I used my coffee grinder) and pulse until finely ground and well mixed.

seasonings in the grinder

ranch dip ground

Pour into an airtight jar or container for storage.

ranch dip in jar

To make ranch dip, add 1 tablespoon of dried ranch mix to 1/3 cup Greek yogurt and 1/3 cup full fat sour cream. Stir to combine.

homemade ranch dip mixIf you want to make this dip into dressing, simply thin it out with a little milk or buttermilk. Add a little at a time and stir until you reach your desired consistency. A squeeze of fresh lemon juice would also be lovely in either the dip or the dressing. Enjoy!

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