If your children are anything like mine, odds are they will dip anything and everything in ranch if given the option. Vegetables are much better with a dollop of ranch, and even though my children really like vegetables, they are a much easier sell if I serve them with some ranch on the side. The problem is, most ranch dressings or dips that you can buy at the grocery store are filled with…well, let’s just say stuff that I don’t want to serve on the side of anything I give to my kids.
So…we have a problem, but as with most things, there is a solution.
Homemade ranch dip.
Do you hear the angels singing? I know I did when I first discovered that this is possible.
When I say homemade, I do not mean dumping a package of ranch mix into a tub of sour cream…although I will admit I had done that in the past MANY times and felt as if I was making homemade. Then I read the ingredients on the back of the packet. I was bummed to see more than just the delicious spices I thought I was eating.
I am so excited about this recipe because not only does it taste even better than any bottled or packaged, store bought dressing, it is so easy to prepare!
I usually make a big batch and keep it in my pantry to have on hand whenever the ranch need arises.
Which is often. Very often.
Homemade Ranch Dip Mix
4 tblsp dried parsley
1 tblsp dried dill
1 tsp dried chives
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Mix all all ingredients together and keep in an airtight, sealed container.
To Make Dip:
Add 1 tblsp dip mix to 1 cup of sour cream. Chill for 30 minutes. Serve with vegetables for dipping.
To Make Dressing:
Add 2-3 tblsp dip mix to 1 cup mayo + 3/4 cup buttermilk + 1/4 cup sour cream. Add 1 tsp white vinegar and 1 tsp Worcestershire – mix well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Serve over your favorite salad greens.
* You may substitute plain low fat greek yogurt for sour cream in either recipe.
What is your child’s favorite thing to dip in ranch dressing?