How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

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Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

Rather than purchasing the pre-made mix in packets at the grocery store, use this Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix recipe to enjoy the dressing and seasoning mixture on demand at home. This copycat recipe for Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix combines a number of herbs and spices with crushed saltine crackers.

Keep in mind while you're following the recipe that proportions may also be altered to suit individual tastes. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix can be used in multiple ways, most commonly as a salad dressing, a dip, or a dry seasoning.


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Offered by Hidden Valley (HV Food Products Company)
Customer service phone 510-271-7612[1]
Served as Appetizer or seasoning
Main ingredients Crackers and spices
Cooking method Mixing
Similar to Ranch dressing dip mix
Author Susan MacDowell

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Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix Ingredients

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe

  1. Place the saltine crackers in a blender. Process on high speed until blended to a fine powder.
  2. Add the parsley, buttermilk, minced onions, and dill weed to the blender. Process again until the mixture has the consistency of dust.[2]
  3. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  4. Stir in the onion salt, garlic salt, onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper. Mix well.
  5. Place the dressing mix in an air-tight container. Store until ready to use, up to one year.[3]

Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix Video

This video walks you through how to make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix.


  • The above recipe makes 252 half-teaspoon servings.
  • To create one pint of salad dressing, mix one tablespoon of the powdered mix with one cup of mayonnaise and one cup of buttermilk. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a year, and used when desired.[3]
  • You can substitute the reconstituted ranch dressing for bottled salad dressing, such as Wishbone Ranch Dressing, in a wide variety of recipes.
  • Combine two tablespoons of the mix with mayonnaise, sour cream, or yogurt for a quick and easy ranch dip.
  • Use the dressing mix as a seasoning for hamburgers, chicken, potatoes, popcorn, vegetables or rice.
  • Substitute gluten-free Rice Chex Cereal for the crackers to make gluten-free dressing mix.
  • Use non-fat sour cream or yogurt instead of mayonnaise and skim milk instead of buttermilk to make a low-fat salad dressing.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder to make copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Fiesta Mix.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the mix if you'd like your Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix to have a bite.
  • To make a low-salt version of this mix, omit the onion salt and garlic salt. Instead, use a total of a half-cup each of onion powder and garlic powder.[4]

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