I love dip mixes. I keep mine in a plastic box in my pantry. I tend to use a lot of them but even I tend to get an overload of them once in awhile. That’s when I look for ways to use them up.
One thing to remember is dip and salad dressing mixes are simply a collection of seasonings and seasonings can be used in lots of things.
My favorite way to use dip and salad dressing mixes is to season meat with them. These are great when making beef roast or pork roast. Just sprinkle a few packets over the meat and cook as usual. My favorites for this is onion soup mix, ranch dressing mix and Italian dressing mix.
A great way to use for fried chicken is to mix a packet of ranch dressing mix into your bread crumbs before coating your chicken. Even better is to go ahead and make the ranch dressing, coat you chicken with it and let it marinate overnight. When you are ready to fry it up, re-coat the chicken and then coat with bread crumbs. Your chicken will be super tender and taste really great.
Another yummy way to use the packets is to mix the dip mix with mayonnaise and then use it to make your tuna salad, egg salad, pasta salad or chicken salad.
A quick easy way to make turkey wrap ups is to mix softened cream cheese with the dip mix. Then spread the cream cheese mix on a tortilla and top with turkey slices. Microwave for about 10 seconds so it’s really soft and will roll easily. You can top with some chopped veggies like celery, onion or whatever. Then roll it up. If you want to cut them into pin wheels, put back into the fridge to cool for about an hour. Otherwise your turkey roll ups are ready to eat.
Mix dip mix with a carton of sour cream to make a yummy topping for baked potatoes.
I mentioned this before but one of my favorite ways in the summer to make a quick, cool meal is to mix a dip or salad dressing mix packet with mayo and mix it with some cooked pasta. Add chopped veggies, sliced green olives, chopped ham, shrimp or chicken and other chopped veggies for a yummy pasta salad for dinner or lunch.
Think outside the box and think of your packets as seasoning packets. What else can you use them on? I’d love to hear your ideas!