More Mixes - Dressings, Seasonings and Soup Mixes!

Monday, September 30, 2013
Update May 2017: I've since updated the onion soup mix with better pictures, a tweak to the recipe, and a demo video.  You can find the updates HERE.

I've got some great little mixes for you today!  These are so handy to have around, and they get used often.  I have so many recipes that call for packets of ranch dressing mix, or Italian dressing mix, or onion soup mix, and I can never seem to keep enough around.  And don't forget the taco seasoning!  So here are some recipes for making your own homemade versions of all those dressing and flavoring and soup packets you usually find in the spice/seasonings aisle at the grocery store.  And most of them use ingredients that you probably already have on hand!

"Hidden Valley-ish" Ranch Mix
1/2 c. buttermilk powder
1 T. dried parsley
1 t. dried dill weed
1 t. onion powder
1 t. dry minced onion
1 t. salt
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. ground pepper

Combing ingredients in blender; blend on high until smooth.

For dressing or dips, used 1 T. mix + 1 c. mayo + 1/2-1 c. milk (depending on how thick or thin you like it).

For recipes, 1 T. is equal to about one envelope/packet of dressing mix.

Ranch Dressing Mix (I have this one around because I can't always have the dairy that is in the one above)
1/4 c. black pepper
1 1/2 c. dried parsley
1/2 c. granulated garlic
1/2 c. granulated onion (or onion powder, or chop up dry minced onion in the blender to make your own granulated stuff)
1/4 c. garlic powder
2 T. kosher salt
2 T. dried dill weed
(I add chives to mine, too)

To make dressing, combine 1 T. mix with 1 c. mayo, 1 c. buttermilk, 3/4 c. sour cream and 1 tsp. lemon juice.

(Or, in my case, add 1 T. mix to 1 c. dairy-free soy-free vegenaise and 1/4 c. soured almond or coconut milk.)

Onion Soup Mix (I have several of these, just haven't decided which one I like best yet)
3/4 c. dried minced onion
1/3 c. beef bouillon powder (I think you could use granules here, too)
4 t. onion powder
1/4 t. crushed celery seed
1/4 t. sugar

For this recipe, 2-3 T. of mix = 1 pkg onion soup mix.

2/3 c dried minced onions
1/2 c. beef bouillon
1/2 c. butter or margarine powder
2 T. cornstarch
2 t. onion powder
2 t. parsley flakes (optional)

For this recipe, 2-4 t. of mix = 1 pkg onion soup mix.

#3 (for the equivalent of one package onion soup mix)
4 t. beef bouillon
8 t. dried minced onion
1 t. onion powder
1/4 t. black pepper

Italian Dressing Mix
1 1/2 t. garlic powder
T. onion powder
 T. dried oregano                                                  
T. dried parsley
T. granulated sugar
 T. salt                      
1 t. black pepper
 t. dried basil                                                  
1/4 t. dried thyme                                                  
1/2 t. dried celery leaves or flakes
Combine all and store in airtight container. 
To make dressing, combine 2 T. mix with 1/4 c. vinegar, 2 T. water and 1/3-1/2 c. olive or canola oil.
For recipes, 2 T. is equal to one packet dressing mix.
Taco Seasoning
1 T. chili powder
1/4 t. garlic powder (for more garlic flavor, increase to 1/2 t.)
1/4 t. onion powder
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t. dried oregano
1/2 t. paprika
1 1/2 t. ground cumin
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
For recipes, 2-3 T. is equal to one packet seasoning mix.