My original goal when starting this blog was to come up with ways to avoid food waste. If there is one product that I waste it is store bought salad dressing. My problem is that I buy a bottle for a specific meal and then I forget I have it. Then, when I check for stuff in the fridge to toss, I have no idea how old the dressing is, so out it goes.

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To avoid throwing salad dressing out I’ve started making my own mixes like the ones you get in the packages at the grocery store. A major advantage of this method over the packages is that I make only enough dressing for about 4 salads. Also, the dressing mix can be customized to your flavor profiles. If you like dill add extra. If you’re on a low sodium diet, leave out the salt or use a salt substitute.

 

 

1 cup dressing jarWhile I was testing this recipe I just used a measuring cup to combine the ingredients. This worked temporarily, but I knew it was only a matter of time before any left over dressing got dumped in the refrigerator. I didn’t own a salad shaker so I turned to Cooks Illustrated to get their ratings of the different options. They recommended the OXO Good Grips Salad Shaker. I bought the 1 cup size and it’s absolutely perfect.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
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This mix is super easy and more economical than buying the packaged mix.
Servings Prep Time
10 tbsp dry mix 5 minutes
Passive Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 tbsp dry mix 5 minutes
Passive Time
2 hours
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
Print Recipe
This mix is super easy and more economical than buying the packaged mix.
Servings Prep Time
10 tbsp dry mix 5 minutes
Passive Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
10 tbsp dry mix 5 minutes
Passive Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: tbsp dry mix
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together or for a finer texture mix in a blender or food processor. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container. Makes about 1 cup mix.
  2. To make dressing, whisk 1 tbsp of mix with 1/3 cup mayonnaise and 1/3 cup milk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to using.
  3. I use skim milk and low fat mayo. For a richer dressing use whole milk and/or regular mayonnaise.
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