I love Ranch Dressing, but not all Ranches live up to my high taste expectations. As a kid, my mom would mix up some mayonnaise, milk and Uncle Dan’s Ranch Mix for the best tasting stuff on earth. When Renaissance Man and I married, I tried out some bottled varieties. Yuck! And then it happened, my Winco (grocery store) stopped carrying Uncle Dan’s. I then went on a Ranch fast. Yes, it’s true. No Ranch for me. Oh, well then Candida Overgrowth knocked on my door and officially put any Ranch out of range. Pun intended.
That is until Chez Misty introduced me to the most delicious Ranch Dressing my heart could ever hope to have. Not only is the flavor to die for, it’s SUPER easy to make.
Do six ingredients sound easy to you? And all of them you probably already have in your spice rack and refrigerator. Okay I’ve only shown the spices here, but the only other two are mayonnaise and yogurt. Easy.
I decided I needed to share this wonderful recipe with all of you loyal readers (all three of you) when my nieces went ga-ga over the stuff on Christmas day. Amongst my arsenal of foodstuffs I brought along to my mom’s, I included some carrots and celery and my trusty jar of Ranch Dressing. It was 2 O’clock, and the natives must have been restless because when I started to chop veggies, they came running. I just kept adding more to the bowl as they devoured. When I revealed the dipping sauce was homemade, the fam couldn’t believe it. I know. I’m amazing. Hee. Hee.
If you are Candida Dieting it, you know that milk is out, but my naturopath told me plain yogurt is okay. If you are truly dairy free, you certainly could give this a whirl with rice, almond or coconut milk, it will just be a bit runnier than mine.
Okay, enough jawing…on with the recipe.
Easier Than Pie Ranch Dressing
2 tsp dried dill weed
7 tsp dried parsley
5 Tbsp dried onion flakes
2 tsp garlic
In small bowl, mix these ingredients. This will make way more dressing than you need, so be prepared to store this mix for the next batch. You don’t have to place your special mix in a fancy spice jar, just stick it in a ziplock bag. The next time you use the last of your basil, save the container. It’s more fun to look at a container anyway I think. But completely not necessary. But you know, Winco has spice containers for sale over in their bulk spices. Just saying.
How to Make the Dressing
2 Tbsp Ranch Mix
1 C mayonnaise
1 C plain yogurt (You could use any milk you want instead)
In a medium size bowl, combine Ranch Mix, mayo and yogurt. Mix well. Refrigerate at least an hour before using. You can use it before the hour, but it won’t be as good. To reach spectacular flavor, your creation needs to meld the flavors. You know, the onion flakes need to rehydrate and release their goodness.
In case I have a memory lapse, of which I am known to have, I write on my Ranch Mix bottle the ingredients needed (you know, 2 Tbsp Ranch Mix, 1 C mayo, 1 C yogurt).
My favorite way to use my Ranch? Spicy sweet potato fries. Oh, yes.