Paleo Dry Ranch Seasoning
There are a lot of recipes for homemade ranch dressing floating around the internet, but most of them call for fresh herbs. (Pioneer Woman has a great recipe using fresh herbs that can be a starting point for all kinds of add-ins.)
When I finally found (and tweaked) this recipe using all dried ingredients, I was happy to have a ready-to-use blend in my pantry. Sometimes I just don’t feel like chopping a bunch of herbs. (Or spending a lot of money on herbs when my herb garden isn’t doing so well. Or is non-existent. Like right now.)
I do want to. . . (warn?) tell you that this doesn’t taste exactly like the little packets you get at the store. It’s hard to compete with monosodium glutamate (MSG), but I’m OK with my tongue not being tricked.
I really like this version, and I hope you do, too. I like to make my dressing in a quart-size mason jar. I have a serious crush on mason jars. Just dump some of dry mix on top of the mayonnaise.
Add the milk — either almond or coconut. I recommend unsweetened almond milk though, and, surprisingly, vanilla flavored does just fine.
And whisk (or shake) like there’s no tomorrow. Have you ever used a ball whisk? It’s my new favorite gadget. It gets into corners and edges a lot better than a regular whisk. I didn’t even need a spatula to scrape down the sides and bottom of my mason jar.
This dressing is seriously versatile. You could add some pureed chipotle. Or cilantro, jalapeno, and tomatillo to make a mexi version. (Cafe Rio knock off? :)) Extra garlic would be nice, or BBQ sauce & bits of crispy bacon. Mmm. You can even use it as a spice rub or a popcorn seasoning.
Paleo Dry Ranch Seasoning
Yield: 1 cup of mix
- 1/2 cup dried parsley
- 6 Tablespoons freeze dried chives
- 1/4 cup dried dillweed
- 3 Tablespoons dry mustard
- 4 teaspoons paprika
- 4 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 1 Tablespoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- freshly ground black pepper
Shake together all ingredients in a pint-sized mason jar or another similar container. Store at room temperature.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
Paleo Ranch Dressing
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Paleo Dry Ranch Seasoning
- 1 cup paleo-friendly mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, plus more if necessary
- A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Whisk together all ingredients. Taste, and add a little more lemon juice or a couple pinches of salt, if necessary. Or add a little more almond milk if you’d like it looser.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Keeps for about 10 days. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
adapted from the Coconut & Lime blog