The answer? Not much.
We go through more ranch dressing in our house than any other condiment. By far. And we are not alone. Ranch dressing is the top choice of salad dressing, and ranch dip is found in virtually every veggie tray you see. I have loved ranch dressing for years.
And then I started reading labels.
Most commercially sold ranch dressing is filled with things I would rather not feed myself or my family. Fillers and preservatives. Gluten, MSG, and even corn syrup. Why? It is just not necessary.
That is when I started making my own. And it is so easy y'all! You can whip this together in minutes, have plenty to make several batches of ranch dressing or ranch dip, and you are completely in control of the ingredients.
It is healthier, with no mystery ingredients. On top of that, it is cheaper than buying at the store!
The key ingredient is buttermilk powder. You can find that in most grocery stores on the baking aisle. Sometimes I have also found it near the powdered milk. This is what will make your ranch dressing (or dip) taste like the real thing.
Once you have your dry mix prepped, just add it to some milk and mayonnaise and sourcream for dressing, or sour cream and mayo for dip. Sub out the milk with fresh buttermilk for more of that tangy flavor!
In addition to dressing and dip, this seasoning mix is a great way to coat chicken tenders, potato wedges, homemade popcorn, and more!
1/2 c. Dry Buttermilk Powder
Homemade Ranch Dip
Mix together ¼ cup of ranch seasoning mix with 1 cup of sour cream, 1 cup of mayonnaise and 2 tablespoons buttermilk.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Mix together ¼ cup ranch seasoning mix with 1 cup mayonnaise, ½ cup sour cream, and ½ cup buttermilk.
Menu planning? Check.
Grocery shopping? Check.
Ingredient prep? Check.
Mistake that could ruin dinner? Check, check, check.
Here’s a video on how I did this myself recently. https://youtu.be/byZupnKDbmM
I actually like the flavor BETTER in the homemade version, so I have never turned back. Now I make lots of my own seasoning blends. Taco seasoning was just the first of many. In addition to the flavor being great, I can control how spicy a batch of taco seasoning is, how much salt it contains, and more. So the variability and control are also huge plusses to making your own.
Here's a quick video of just how quick and easy this is to make. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtTTUJPl9Uc Enjoy!