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Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

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Rating: 5/5 5 stars
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ready in: over 5 hrs
serves/makes:   2 qts

recipe id: 23127
Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Recipe
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4 tablespoons dry parsley flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons onion salt
1 quart mayonnaise
1 pint sour cream
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons MSG or Accent brand (optional)
1 pint buttermilk


Combine all ingredients. Allow flavors to blend overnight. Reduce recipe in half if desired.

Makes a lot but stores well chilled for a few weeks. Use for salads or any other recipes requiring a ranch dressing.

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59 calories, 7 grams fat, 0 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in carbs.
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Tried marvingray's smaller version. Too bland for my taste: I double the spices. I have fresh parsley in my garden, so of course I use that. It comes out rather thick so I thin a bit with buttermilk. Careful with the salt—it's easy to add too much.

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Oct 11, 2011

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This recipe is easy, tastes great, and is much better for you than that bottled stuff. But try this cut down version, the original makes way too much:

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon dry parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt to taste

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Sep 18, 2010

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This dressing is so good, it's the only one my husband wants. We had to make a special trip to the store to get everything needed. We love it! We did not add the MSG.

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Tastes great, BUT THERE IS WAY TOO MUCH SALT! I was making this for a party and had to make another batch without salt to cover up the flavor. I suggest leaving the recipe the same, EXCEPT omit the table salt and MSG (bad for you) and change the onion salt to 2 tsp. (not Tbsp.) for the 2 quart recipe. (Buttermilk and sometimes mayo already have salt in them). After doing this you will have a great tasting dressing/dip that will last for weeks.

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needs salad

Hidden Valley seems to have changed something in the powder mix as the dressing turns very thin after a day or two. I will be very happy if this one works.

Guest at CDKitchen.com

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This dressing rocks! I used fat free mayo and fat free buttermilk and made it in the food processor. It tastes just like Hidden Valley ranch!

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i substituted w/ fat free sour cream. i made 50/50 mixture w/ reg. and red. fat mayo. wow!

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Love This!! It is better than the original. I did not add MSG either, it doens't need it. I also cut the recipe in half. My kids love it with carrots.

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Feb 1, 2007

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Made this recipe using Miracle Whip. The tast is great possibly even superior to the product it is imitating.