Contrary to what this blog may suggest we do not eat cakes and cookies every day. In fact I try to stick to real food. This means only food that is either in its original state (fruits, veggies, meat) or has an ingredient list I can pronounce. I try to stick to whole wheat flour and unrefined sugar. Probably close to 80% of what we eat is this way.
What is amazing is that everything is so so so good. I love when I get asked “what is in this? It is so good!” and I reply with oh just zucchini, tomatoes, and garlic (for example). I make a lot of things other people would just buy in a store- case in point this recipe for homemade ranch.
Ranch mix packets at the store have a long ingredient list and often include stabilizers and anti caking agents. Mine has none. This mix is incredibly simple. I bought all the ingredients at our local natural foods grocery store from their bulk spices section. I just measured out and purchased the amounts I needed. I came home, dumped it all in a large mouth mason jar, shook it up, and was done.
After making the recipe I realized this made ranch mix for the next 5 years for our little family. I put some in tiny mason jars with instructions on the lid and gifted them to friends. I hope they have enjoyed it as much as I have.
Ranch Mix (makes one quart dry mix)
1/4 cup Black Pepper
1 1/2 cup Parsley Flakes
1/2 cup Garlic Salt
2 tbs Kosher Salt
1/4 cup Granulated Garlic
3/4 cup Granulated Onion
2 tbs Dill Weed
Combine all the ingredients in an airtight container (like a mason jar). Shake to mix.
1 1/2 tbs ranch mix
1 cup mayonnaise (preferably homemade)
1 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp lemon juice
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or jar with a tight fitting lid. Stir or shake to combine. Nom.
Note- You can substitute one avocado for the mayonnaise. The dressing won’t keep long and you will need to process it in your blender but it is SO good!