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How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing From Mix

Creamy, flavorful, rich, glistening Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing that is addicting and good on absolutely everything. Look no further to learn How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing From Mix.

Who doesn’t love that creamy blend of herbs that homemade salad dressings offer, especially for a fan of ranch, the best homemade ranch dressing of all! Of course, you can buy premade ranch from the hidden valley kitchens, but the diy ranch dressing in the dry seasoning packet is the real thing and the real deal that has the great taste for the taste buds! 

How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing with Packet

It really couldn’t be easier and the recipe is right on the back of the box BUT in case you threw the box away or didn’t quite understand what to do, I’m here to show you. You can do it! It’s EASY!

You’ll find these packet dressings are similar. See our Italian Dressing Packet for example

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • Mayo – A cup of mayonnaise, use a good one! 
  • Milk – A cup of milk (whole milk) is best, but if you must, use any regular milk.
  • Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing  – (use the hidden valley ranch packets dry mix or 3 Tbs out of the large bottle). Don’t use an off brand store-bought packet.

Special Equipment

This recipe is made much easier with a good whisk and bowl especially if this is your first time making buttermilk ranch dressing. There’s no need for an electric mixer or other specialty equipment to make this salad dressing mix. This recipe is so much better than store-bought stuff. It’s the best ranch seasoning mix recipe out there! 

PRO TIP: Whisks with a more balloon end give more air to your recipe, which is generally what you want.

This bowl set is awesome because it has a spout, a small handle and some grippers on the bottom of the bowl to hold steady on the counter.

PRO TIP: Always look for bowls whose handles don’t take up so much room in your cabinets and that aren’t so heavy. Room is always at a premium in the cabinet and once you get a batter or something in the bowl, it makes it so much heavier!

PRO TIP: Store your homemade ranch seasoning mix and your own ranch dressing in an airtight container in the fridge.

Here’s How It’s Done

  • Mix the dry buttermilk powder, cup mayonnaise and cup of milk together
  • Let it set in the fridge for a bit to thicken and marry.
  • put in an air-tight container for storage.
a photo of a cup measure with mayonnaise pouring into a glass bowl with a whisk to the right
Step 1. 1 Cup Mayo
Step 2. Add 1 cup milk.
Step 3. Add Ranch Dressing packet
Step 4. Whisk Well.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I Freeze This Dressing?

No. This dressing has mayo in it and can not be frozen.

How Long Does This Last?

This lasts 5-7 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing with Greek Yogurt

If you have Greek Yogurt on hand, you can substitute for the mayo. 

If it is too thick, simply add more milk and thin it down to the consistency you prefer.

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Ingredients for Creamy Original Ranch

According to my product information, here are the ingredients from the huge library of hidden valley ingredients.

  • Maltodextrine
  • Buttermilk
  • Salt
  • MSG
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Lactic Acid
  • Calcium Lactate
  • Spices
  • Citric Acid
  • And other things + less than 1%

Hidden Valley Ranch Instructions

The instructions are so very simple for homemade ranch dressing mix.

  • Mix the ingredients together.
  • Allow to sit for a few minutes.
  • Serve.
  • See the recipe box below for specifics.

Tips and Tricks

There are a few tips and tricks for great Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing and here they are…

  • If you want to add more flavor, use buttermilk instead of milk in the recipe.
  • Allow the whole thing to sit in the fridge for about an hour or more to thicken.
  • If the resulting recipe is thicker than you prefer, simply add more milk to the recipe to thin it.
  • Always mix it well or shake well before using so that the ingredients get a remix and any settling is shaken up.
  • An alternative method is to add some extra seasoning to the ranch mix, like garlic powder, fresh herbs, onion powder, a dash of apple cider vinegar and even some worcestershire sauce. 
  • If you are looking for a vegan friendly option, use vegan mayonnaise and milk substitute. 
  • For homemade ranch dip, use the dip directions and mix a cup of sour cream with the dry ingredients and then add a splash of milk for optimal thickness. 
  • This restaurant style ranch dressing is great on chicken tenders, mississippi pot roast, and bacon ranch potato salad!

CHEF’S SECRET PRO TIP: For exceptional Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, use buttermilk instead of milk!

Watch Sarah Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

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How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing From Mix

Perfect, creamy wonderful and delicious on everything, you'll love knowing how to make hidden valley ranch dressing
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Course: dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to make hidden valley ranch dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 209kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and whisk briskly.
  • Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes and mix will thicken slightly.
  • Pour into the container you wish to keep the dressing in, cover tightly and refrigerate.

Notes

  • You can use mayonnaise substitute if you desire, but the end results will not be the same.
  • Any kind of mayonnaise will work but do not use miracle whip salad dressing as that is a different flavor.
  • Substitute skim, 2% or 1/2 % milk if that is what you feel you need to do, but the resulting ranch dressing will not be as thick and creamy.
  • If you want to add more flavor, use buttermilk instead of milk in the recipe.
  • Kick up the final recipe by adding some chopped fresh chives. The color and flavor is beautiful.
  • Allow the whole thing to sit in the fridge for about an hour or more to thicken.
  • If the resulting recipe is thicker than you prefer, simply add more milk to the recipe to thin it.
  • Always mix it well or shake well before using so that the ingredients get a remix and any settling is shaken up.
  • Ranch dressing is literally wonderful on everything! Use it on pizza, eggs, meats, veggies, breads, everything.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing From Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 199mg8%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 68IU1%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This article originally appeared on the pages of Loaves and Dishes on January 10, 2023 and has been updated with new information that includes changes to the recipe card, pro tips and instructions.

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Recipe Rating




Brandon

Thursday 13th of April 2023

This isn't a recipe. It's mixing instructions for a premade seasoning packet.

Jenniferedes29@icloud.com

Sunday 25th of June 2023

@Wendi Spraker, i thought it was perfect especially since i found it by googling how much milk and mayo do i add to the packet of ranch dip mix so i would consider this a recipe so ignore anyone who might tell u otherwise.... (comment above mine said it wasnt a recipe but instructions)

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 13th of April 2023

Thanks

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