In the Summer I enjoy having a fresh batch of buttermilk ranch dip handy. Unfortunately, fresh herbs are harder to come by in the Winter months and those teeny-tiny bundles of fresh herbs at the grocery store cost an arm and a leg!
I keep an herb garden, but in Oregon it is hard to keep all my herbs going year round.
Of course you can grab a handy packet of ranch seasoning mix, but have you looked at the ingredient list closely?
Maltodextrin, salt, MSG... not a lot of it would fall under the "real food" list. This year is all about making real food for my family and this packet just wasn't going to cut it. So let's throw together our own dried herbs that we can mix with our choice of light sour cream or Greek yogurt!
You Will Need:
- 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
- 1 Tbsp. dried chives
- 1 tsp. dried dill
- 2 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. dried basil
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 c. light sour cream (added later)
paprika (smoked or sweet)
dehydrated onion or garlic pieces
The measurements give you a rough idea of what I use. Add all your herbs and seasonings and mix thoroughly. Fell free to play around with your family's favorite flavors. Do you like more garlic? A little cayenne pepper?
Store the seasoning mix in an airtight container.
To use, just measure 1 Tbsp. of spices for 1/2 c. sour cream or Greek yogurt. The flavors will really mature if you mix your dip and then let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes.