If you like Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, try this.


  • This recipe makes 1 cup -- low sodium, no MSG.
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • a scant 1/4 teaspoon, total, of one or a combination of dried herbs -- thyme, oregano, dill, basil or your favorite

Hidden Valley Ranch


Mix all the ingredients, cover and chill. Let it rest for at least 3 or 4 hours before serving -- overnight is even better. Stir it well again just before using. It will keep in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 days.


If you stir in 2 or 3 tablespoons of crumbled blue cheese, you'll have what we call "House Dressing" at our house.

In addition to using this as a salad dressing it is great on baked potatoes or as a dip for carrot and celery sticks and best of all for dipping Ruffles Original Potato Chips -- Ruffles Have Ridges.

And yes, there really was a Hidden Valley Ranch where the dressing was invented. Today there are three communities called Hidden Valley in California. The ranch was near Santa Barbara.

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