Healthy Homemade Salad Dressing Ideas

Lookie what’s growing in my garden! Those cute little lettuce leaves will soon be cute big lettuce leaves. I can’t wait!


I don’t actually have an exciting salad recipe for you. I’m not terribly creative like that. My salad recipes almost always look something like:

  1. Wash and tear up a bunch of lettuce or spinach and put it in a bowl.
  2. Add whatever other raw veggies you have.
  3. If you’re feeling especially crazy, throw in some dried cranberries or raisins.
  4. If you want your salad to be your main dish, add some chicken, cheese and hard boiled egg.
  5. Grab a fork.

This is why I’m so excited about the above carnivals. However, I do have a fun idea for a salad dressing that I discovered one day when I was dinking around in the kitchen. Are you ready? It’s a novel idea.

Orange juice.  The juice from an orange. Fresh squeezed orange juicy goodness.

It’s refreshingly simple. And yummy. And it contains no high fructose corn syrup or MSG.


Now that I’ve shared that enlightening salad tid-bit, I’m very excited to share another healthy salad dressing idea!

Rhonda sent me a wonderful Ranch Dressing Mix recipe!! I used to use Simply Organic brand because I trust it more than other brands. But now, thanks to Rhonda, I can make a super healthy (and much, much less expensive) Ranch Dressing any time I need to!

Ranch Dressing Mix

5 Tablespoons dried minced onions
7 teaspoon parsley flakes
4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix together and store in an air tight container.

For dressing: Mix 2 Tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise (I use Hain Safflower mayo) and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream. (I use buttermilk.)

For dip:  Mix 2 Tablespoons dry mix with 2 cups sour cream or kreme fresh.

Mix up a few hours before serving, so the flavors all blend nicely.

Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix
The jar on the right is the mix, which costs pennies compared to a packaged mix! The jar on the left is the ranch dressing all made up and ready to go on our salad.

You HAVE to try this dressing! It tastes so…so real. And fresh. And pure. It’s delicious, simple and healthy! Obviously, you eat it on lettuce and other veggies – so that gives you wonderful, healthy…healthiness. (And of course, great servings of more fruits and veggies!)

Rhonda even suggested using this ranch dressing mix in my Ranch Potato Wedges recipe. It works GREAT!

I shall never buy another ranch dressing packet again. Rhonda – you rock!

And try squeezing an orange onto your salad sometime! See what you think! (Ever tried it before?) 

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  1. says

    I’ve been thinking for a while of making my own mixes and found your site while searching for recipes. I had all the stuff to make this and had just run out of ranch dressing, so perfect timing! Yum – so so so good. I think I will try using onion powder next time instead of minced onions or maybe swap it partially out. Thank you!


  2. Jenny says

    Do you think this would work in a recipe? I mean, as a direct substitute for a mix packet? I am planning to make crockpot ranch tacos. Chicken pieces, a little broth, then taco seasoning (already have a homemade for that) and a packet of ranch dressing mix.


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    That should work fine. Sounds delicious!


  3. Diane says

    I have made crock pot tacos and used this ranch dressing mix and it was amazing. It tasted better than my original recipe when I used Hidden Valley dressing mix. I used 1/2 minced dry onion and 1/2 onion powder.


  4. Stephanie says

    I started a batch of homemade vanilla and saw another reader of yours said she was going to add this Ranch Dressing Mix for gifts this Christmas. I thought I would do the same! Just curious if you have economical ideas of packaging the mix for gifts.


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    You could try buying canning jars at walmart or even take and toss containers that you could dress up with a fun label.


  5. Roberta says

    Creamy salad dressings has been a new thing in Brazil, when I lived there, there wasn’t any. Here are the two (pretty much only) salad dressings that you would ever eat and therefore the ones I had it growing up.

    1 part balsamic vinegar
    3 parts extra virgin olive oil
    1 pinch of sugar

    Very good with leafy saladas –


    1 part red wine vinegar
    3 parts extra virgin olive oil
    Salt to taste
    1 minced garlic clove
    Pepper to taste
    Thinly sliced onion

    Perfect for cooled steamed vegetables like carrots, green beans and even cooked potatoes.


  6. says

    I made this today and I read it wrong and ended up using a cup of buttermilk and I thought it said that and a cup of sour cream, not mayo, so I added a cup of plain yogurt (it was what I had) and it tastes great! I bit think but that may change as it sits in the fridge. I’ll make it the right way next time, LOL.

    Great recipe! Thank you!


  7. Serenity says

    So, I have seen this recipe here forever but truthfully, I am addicted to Hidden Valley Ranch. It’s embarrassing but true:). Well, this Christmas I ingested so many nitrates and MSG that my throat has hurt for days. No more! I am trying this tomorrow!!!!


  8. Amanda says

    Would granulated onion work instead of the dried minced onion?


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    It should, but depending on the potency I would maybe start with using a little bit less. Just add it to taste instead of using a 1:1 ratio.


  9. Paula says

    I love that I can make this with ingredients I regularly have in the house. I made it up and use some in my deviled eggs. I felt it was very salty. I shook the mix very well before using. Will use less salt next time.


  10. Laurie says

    Use this all the time in place of the store bought packets. I put the ingredients in my little food chopper (the $10 one we all got as a wedding gift!) and grind it up a bit. Weirdest thing I do with it,..sprinkle it on popcorn.


  11. Joanna Sigman says

    I know this post is old, but I just needed to tell you that I have absolutely LOVED this recipe since you wrote it and have made it innumerable times. Thx so much!!!


  12. Brandy says

    How much do you use to equal one store bought package? I mixed it up in bulk and need 1 pkt for a recipe. Thanks!


    Christine Reply:

    I think it is 2 tablespoons = 1 packet


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    Laura uses 3 tablespoons.


  13. Colleen says

    I know this is an old post, but I was wondering how long you think this might last in the fridge?


    LindseyforLaura@HHM Reply:

    I would say it would last about 2 weeks…possibly even more like 10 days depending on the buttermilk. :)


  14. Debbie says

    How long will the ranch dressing keep in the refrigerator? I love your site, and all the natural recipes!! Oh, and I’m also a Mom of four boys (also homeschooling, although only one is school-aged so far … my Elias!). :)


    Laura Reply:

    Fun, we have a lot in common! The ranch dressing should keep in the fridge for a couple of months just fine. :)


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