Hidden Valley Ranch-style Dressing Mix

  • 1 powder mix
  • 15 square saltines – (2 per pack)
  • 2 cup dry minced parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry minced onions
  • 2 tbsp dry dill weed
  • 1/4 cup onion salt
  • 1/4 cup garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 1 salad dressing
  • 1 tbsp mix
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Put crackers through blender on high speed until powdered. Add parsley, minced onions and dill weed. Blend again until powdered. Dump into bowl. Stir in onion salt, garlic salt,onion powder and garlic powder. Put into container with tight-fitting lid. Store at room temp for up to 1 year. To use mix-combine mix, mayo and buttermilk.

Yield: 1 pint or about 42 1 tb servings

Source: Gloria Pitzer's Secret Recipes

About Hidden Valley Ranch®

Dressing Mix

In the late 50s and early 60s, Steve and Gayle Henson's Santa Barbara dude ranch was favored by weekend visitors who wanted to enjoy the natural surroundings.

The ranch menu often included salad with a dressing created by Steve from a dry mix of herbs and spices, mayonnaise and buttermilk he'd had developed in Alaska. The dressing was so popular it soon became the only dressing served. When a visitor asked for a batch to take back to Hawaii for a large party he was throwing, Henson knew he was on to something big. A few days later, the guest called wanting more. Everyone had gone wild over it.

Encouraged by the success, Henson started marketing the powdered mixture. Within months, twelve people were helping him mix the dressing at Hidden Valley. By 1970, the dressing had reached over 30 countries. In 1972 the brand was bought by Clorox for $8 million.

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