Make Your Own Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

I don’t like store bought veggie dip, I prefer to make my own using a sour cream base. Years and years ago I used Hidden Valley Dip Mix but only occasionally as it is quite expensive.  Not to mention it has additives and preservatives and MSG.  Oh, and to clarify, I would never use the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing in a bottle.  It is nowhere near the same taste as dumping the dry mix into mayonnaise and buttermilk.

One day while checking out the ingredients, I decided I could make the same thing myself for a lot less money (since I already always keep spices on hand) and much healthier to boot.  In case you’re curious, here’s the list of ingredients: Maltodextrin,  Salt,  Monosodium Glutamate, Dried Onion, Dried Garlic, Spices, Modified Food Starch, Less than 2% of buttermilk, calcium stearate, natural flavor (soy).

Ingredients in Hidden Valley Ranch

Homemade Ranch Dressing Dip

  • 1 pint sour cream or full fat yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix and refrigerate about one hour to allow the flavors to mix.  Stir once more before serving.  This makes a very creamy, thick dip for vegetables or chips.

When I bring a vegetable tray, I always buy fresh vegetables to prepare for the tray.

For a tray like the one shown in the image above, I bought these vegetables:

  • 1 cucumber, peeled in stripes and sliced in thick rounds
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, broken into flowerettes
  • 1 bunch radishes, ends removed and sliced in half
  • 4 ribs of celery, sliced into strips and cut into 6″ pieces
  • 4 carrots, peeled, cut in half and quartered
  • 1 small head broccoli, broken into flowerettes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cored and sliced into wedges

What is your favorite veggie dip?

 

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