Simplest would probably be sour cream and/or buttermilk + salt, pepper, dry garlic, dry onion. Maybe some "everything" herb blend like Mrs Dash or Trader Joe's 21-spice.
I have been able to make a couple substitute (similar to store bought that we use to enjoy) salad dressings that my husband and I enjoy. I have not been able to come up with an "easy" substitute for ranch dressing though. My kids all love ranch! So, for all you ranch dressing lovers out there, is there an "easy" homemade version for ranch dressing?
Here is my favorite Ranch Dressing Spice Mix:
Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe:
1/4 cup dried Parsley leaf
1 Tablespoon Dill leaf
1 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Basil leaf (optional)
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
(To Make: Mix all ingredients together in jar or food processor. To make into Ranch Dressing, mix 1 Tablespoon of this mix with 1/3 cup Homemade Mayonaise or Greek Yogurt and 1/4 cup Coconut Milk.)
I found it found here: 14 Homemade Herb and Spice Blends
I actually make double the recipe of the mix to keep on hand. I don't follow her instructions for mixing it into dressing though. I use about 3 to 4 tablespoons of spice mix with 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 cup of mayonnaise and I add salt to taste. If I want dip instead of dressing I use sour cream instead of the buttermilk.
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Might have to try this on my rest days :-)
This is the recipe I use:
500mL greek yogurt
1/2 - 1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried dill
1 tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Mix it all together.
I've mixed it into yogourt and sour cream, both are good. The cayenne can be left out if hot is not for you.
I don't measure I just wing it, but here are some of the ingredients I use to make mine.
Garlic real or powder
Onion powder or granulated
Blend with an immersion blender.
Sometimes its runnier than other times, but still delish
Thanks for the suggestions. I think I need some buttermilk!
I finally made delicious ranch dressing last night! Here it is:
2/3 cup mayo
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried chives
1/4 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
Dash or more of cayenne
Pinch of thyme
Mix it all together and let sit in the fridge for a few hours before serving. I thought this was pretty amazing.