Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix

A container of Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix in your cupboard can make savory dishes oh so much easier!  It has the classic "ranch" flavor, with a little bit of Ultra Gel® that will help it  stick to raw meats or vegetables or give a little body to soups and sauces.  It uses easily accessible ingredients and is a snap to put together.



599 cal


7 g


151 g


24 g
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  • 8 T. dry parsley
  • 4 t. onion powder (not onion salt)
  • 4 t. garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 2 t. black pepper
  • 8 t. salt
  • 8 T. Ultra Gel®
  • 2 t. monosodium glutamate (opt)**


  • Measure the dry parsley into a container with a capacity of at least one cup. Crush it gently with the back of a spoon. This will help the ingredients to mix evenly without "stratifying" (where the heaviest go to the bottom).
  • Add all the other ingredients and stir, or cover the container tightly with a lid and shake until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Store tightly covered.
  • **Monosodium glutamate as a food additive has fallen into disfavor, mostly as a result of anecdotal reports of unfavorable reactions.  According to the FDA, monosodium glutamate is "generally accepted as safe" and extensive testing has failed to establish a link between monosodium glutamate and adverse reactions except in very high doses to sensitive individuals  (https://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm328728.htm).  However, if you know of a sensitivity, or if the whole idea just gives you the heebie-jeebies, it can easily be ommitted.

This is really easy--the only trick is to measure the parsley flakes, then crush them somewhat so the ingredients will stay evenly distributed.  Then measure in the remaining ingredients and stir or shake.

Use on meats or vegetables before roasting or grilling, as a seasoning for meatloaf or ground meat patties, etc.

To make Lowfat Ranch Salad Dressing, use 1/2 c. low fat mayonnaise, 1 1/2 c. low fat buttermilk, and 2 T Ranch Salad Dressing and Seasoning Mix.  (If you've looked at the recipe for Low Fat Ranch Salad Dressing, you'll see that the ingredients amounts aren't exactly the same.  That's because the parsley has already been crushed in the recipe made from the mix, so it measured differently.)

Good eating!!


Low-Cal Ranch Dip/Salad Dressing

Super Low-Fat Ranch Salad Dressing is easy to make and inexpensive.  It uses ingredients most homes have and can be assembled in minutes.  And it has only 30 calories per tablespoon--less than half the calories of a standard Ranch dressing.  The secret?  Instead of using a full cup of regular mayonnaise, it uses 1/2 cup of low fat mayo, and a higher proportion of low fat buttermilk.  The extra thickness comes from Ultra Gel®.

Low-Fat Ranch Dressing

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt!--preferably granulated garlic powder)  

1/2 teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt!), 

1/4 t. pepper, 

1 t. salt, 

1 T. dry parsley (or 2 T fresh, snipped finely) and 

2 t. Ultra Gel®  

1/4 t. dry mustard powder (optional but you might be surprised at the flavor boost)

1/2 c. high-quality low-fat mayonnaise

1 1/2 c. low-fat buttermilk

Combine the garlic and onion powder, pepper, salt, parsley,  Ultra Gel, and mustard if desired into a small container. Measure 1 1/2 c. buttermilk into a two-cup measuring cup.  Buttermilk may not be a product you purchase regularly, but it's great to have on hand for this salad dressing mix.  It can be purchased in small containers, and any remainder will make some great pancakes!

Some brands of buttermilk are thicker than others.  You can adjust the thickness of the salad dressing by adding more or less Ultra Gel®.

Now add the mayonnaise.  Mixing the ingredients in measuring cup is really handy  because you don't need to use an additional measuring cup for the mayonnaise--just add the mayo until the liquid measures 2 cups.  Couldn't be easier!


Sprinkle the prepared salad dressing mix over the combined mayo and buttermilk and stir in with a fork or wire whisk until smooth.  The salad dressing mix benefits from a couple of hours to develop the flavors.  If you want it thicker, add another teaspoon or so of Ultra Gel.

To make RANCH DIP, simply substitute low fat sour cream for the low fat buttermilk.  Totally guilt-free!

Now--think of the low-guilt possibilities:  topping for baked potatoes, steamed or raw veggies, chicken salad, gringo tacos or burritos, etc.  

Remember not to taste products made with Ultra Gel® and return the tasting implement to the product.  Even tiny amounts of saliva enzymes will break down the thickness of the product.  And it isn't very sanitary, anyway!