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ranch dressing like Denny's

Any one have a ranch dressing that comes really close to the one served at Denny's? I have read elsewhere (from google results) that its a combo of the Hidden Valley powder and mayo and milk or buttermilk. No ratios were given. I tried the recipe on the packet but it did not come close. I did search this site and found nothing workable. I have tried a number of recipes, including some of my own alchemy but nothing has been a hit. I am doing this for my 8 year old... long story, involves getting hiim to eat his veggies. thanks in advance.

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  1. Google Denny's ranch dressing. There are recipes, comments on Hidden Valley ranch as the source, and that Denny's makes their own packet for ranch dressing.

    Hope that will help.

    1. Here is a Hidden Valley Ranch clone recipe from this board:'

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/361230

      1. I know this is 3 years old, but for anyone else looking:

        The better secret is sour cream...

        1 Hidden Valley Ranch DIPS packet
        1 16oz container of sour cream

        Mix packet in to sour cream, let sit for at least 24 hours before serving.

        It's not EXACTLY the same, but such a close 2nd that it's not bad

        1. USDA School Lunch Ranch Dressing

          Makes about 3 cups

          1 1/2 cups + 2 Tbsp Buttermilk
          2 tsp Lemon juice
          1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp (5 oz ) Plain lowfat yogurt
          1/4 cup Sour cream
          3/4 cup + 1 Tbsp (6 1/2 oz ) Lowfat mayonnaise
          1 Tbsp Onion powder
          1 Tbsp Garlic powder
          1/4 tsp White pepper
          1/2 tsp Dried chives
          1 1/2 tsp Dried parsley
          1 tsp Salt

          1. Combine buttermilk and lemon juice in a mixing bowl.
          Allow mixture to rest for 10 minutes.

          2. Using a paddle attachment, blend in the yogurt and
          sour cream. Let mixture rest for 5 more minutes.

          3. Add rest of ingredients to mixture in mixing bowl.
          Mix on low speed for 2 to 3 minutes until blended.

          4. Chill at least 12 hours before serving to allow to thicken.

          SERVING: 2 tablespoons (1-oz ladle)

          YIELD: 25 Servings: 1 lb 10 oz

          VOLUME: 25 Servings: 3 cups

          Source: USDA 1999 Child Care Recipes

          1. I must admit that I do not eat at Denny's, but when I make Ranch dressing, for Grumpy's hot wings, or something else, I mix mayo and sour cream and white vinegar---not buttermilk, but then again, sour milk is just dairy with vinegar or lemon juice and there you have it... I add some grated white onion or sliced green onion or even, in desperation, onion powder. Same for the bit of garlic. Black pepper. Yeah black. I find white pepper musty, perhaps because it tends to sit on the shelf forever, and I don't live in the kind of metropolis that sells it in whole peppercorns. Perhaps a smidgeon of salt. Parsley, if I have it. Come to think of it, celery leaves or watercress would be equally as yummy, I think, and I'm going to have to try them.