Hidden Valley Ranch Review: What Dis??

We are back, and I’m definitely planning on more recipes, reviews and awesome updates! Today we have a review! I haven’t done one of these in so long, and it was overdue.

I still use Facebook, but I’m selective on who I interact with and what groups I belong to. Now, there is this group I joined, and it basically is soul food recipes or a showcase of new products you can find in the store. As I’m scrolling the group post this.

You guys know me, if it looks interesting enough, I’ll take an L for the team, meaning this page, and try it out!

Today, we are reviewing Hidden Valley Ranch Pickle Ranch!

Before I get into my review, I bought their new Chipotle Ranch a couple weeks back, and I had high expectations because that flavor was really good. I’ve been on this salad kick lately, and have really gotten into different flavors for salads, different veggies I’ll add, you know, just whatever I’m in the mood for that day. One could say I’m actively trying to lose weight, but I never look at it that way. It’s more I wanted a dang salad, so let me live.

Anyhow, for those who been with me since the beginning, you guys know how my brain works. I see a new product, and I wonder how can I use this? The first thing I thought was maybe cut up cucumbers? I was guessing the salt intake would be high, so I needed to balance it out.

More on that in a few……

Well, deciding I was going to try it, I looked for it, and it was very convenient I needed to go grocery shopping, I found it at Walmart. You can probably find it anywhere. Hidden Valley has a locator on their website that you can look up where you can purchase it without wasting gas or even ordering online. Plus on that!

My first meh about the product was the price point. I mentioned earlier that I bought Chipotle Ranch, and it cost 4 bucks. Now, I’m not one who likes to pay a lot for salad dressing, but I gave grace since this was on the specialty side of flavors. I also know I’ll be repurposing the use of this dressing besides just on salad.

This dressing was 5.12 before taxes. Yes, it’s a pretty big bottle, but when you’ve never had it, it’s a risk to take. Especially on a budget. I would like to have a smaller option to try out first before making a commitment like that, but it is what it is, right? Took my cucumber and ranch home and prepped for the tasting.

Of course, in classic fashion, I forgot I had the cucumber, and made pizza rolls, and decided to try the ranch with the pizza rolls.

That’s what happens when you are half awake from a long day before.

Pepperoni and sausage pizza rolls and ranch. I’m a millennial. We eat pizza rolls or pizza with ranch since high school. Sue me.

That first bite, you definitely get the pickle flavor. I appreciate that because sometimes you get food that claims to taste like a flavor, and it doesn’t even come close. I’ll give them that. I also want to say, I don’t hate pickles. As a kid, I used to snack on chips, pickles, and fried chicken with my grandma and mom watching television. I just cut back on my salt intake due to health reasons.

This is the point where the major issue comes in. I think I may be overly sensitive to salty foods since I really don’t eat salt anymore, but that salt flavor hits you like a ton of bricks. I mean if you like a lot of salt in your food, no harm, but I feel like something else could have been added to even out the taste. Not sure if maybe the dill weed played a role in that, but it was overbearing and could be a turn off if you never tried this before.

What is my take on the dressing? Well, the price point or smaller options is needed if Hidden Valley wants to keep this on the shelves. Paying close to 6 bucks for a high salt dressing that is brand new is a risk. With that said, this would be great for raw veggies. Not a salad, but like carrots or broccoli with this as a dip.

I give it a 6 out of 10. There is a lot of potential there especially if you like pickles, but the price point is a little steep for my liking. I’d say if they come out with a smaller option, try it out and see if it something you’ll like. Otherwise, you have this big bottle of ranch you may or may not use.

If you try it out, leave a comment below on your experience! Let us know what your thoughts are on the Pickle Ranch!


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