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Friday, July 28, 2017

Homemade Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix Recipe--Vegan, Paleo, and Allergy Friendly



Growing up, my family didn't have lots of ranch dressing (French and Italian and Thousand Island were more common), but we did periodically buy it.
And we used it as a salad dressing, period.

As an adult, I learned how versatile ranch dressing is. How it can be used as a sauce on nearly anything from pizza to chicken to fish to french fries and so many other ways. But you don't even need to have the dressing to get the yummy flavor- ranch dressing seasoning mix can also be used in a variety of ways to add deliciousness to a variety of dishes.
My friend Kerryann uses ranch seasoning mix on brussel sprouts. I find it is absolutely out of this world on zucchini. Popcorn also tastes great with it. So does chicken and fish and rice and potatoes and roasted carrots... You name it, its good with ranch dressing seasoning mix.

I made my own after seeing ideas on plenty of different sites. I added nutritional yeast to give it a cheesiness, but if you don't like nutritional yeast or don't have it, you can leave it out. If leaving out the nutritional yeast, make sure to use the smaller amount of salt listed, or it'll be too salty.

If you want ranch dressing or dip instead of just the seasoning mix, you have a few options. You can take mayonnaise and buttermilk or regular milk or non dairy milk or sour cream or non dairy sour cream and mix two or more of them together with the seasoning mix, added to taste, until you have it just right.
If you want to keep it vegan, you can mix it with cashew cream (soaked cashews blended up with lemon and salt) or vegan mayo (like my flax seed mayo) or a mix of the two.

Everyone in my family adores my ranch dressing and seasoning mix- I hope your family enjoys as much as mine does.

Homemade Vegan Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix Recipe

Ingredients:
1/4 cup dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried dill
1/4 cup onion flakes
1/2-1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder or granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)

Instructions:
1. Mix all the ingredients together.

2. If you have a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder grind until a little more fine. It doesn't need to be powdery- some chunks are fine.

3. Store in a dry place until using.

Enjoy!

Are you a fan of ranch? Do you tend to use the seasoning mix or the dressing? What is your favorite use for the seasoning mix or dressing? Do you tend to make it from scratch and if so, how? Or do you buy it ready made?
Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

6 comments:

  1. can you substitute onion powder for the flakes because i cant find that in the store? if so, it would be less, right?

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    1. sure. I'd add 1 1/2 tablespoons to start, and then add more to taste.

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  2. Did this can for nutritional yeast power or flakes?

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    1. It doesn't really matter. I used flakes, if you use powder maybe use a drop less, or not. More nooch doesn't hurt. ;)

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  3. I make a blue cheese dressing/dip using yogurt as a base. It's important to let the flavors meld for a few hours because at first it just tastes like yogurt with blue cheese mixed in. The yogurt does eventually take on the flavor of the seasoning. It's fabulous.

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  4. Can't wait to try this! I tried five different ones I googled and they were terrible, but this looks great:-)

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