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Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
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Home­made Ranch Dress­ing Mix is def­i­nite­ly scrump­tious in sal­ad dress­ings and in dip. In addi­tion, it’s actu­al­ly become a pret­ty com­mon ingre­di­ent in lots of our favorite Amer­i­can recipes. 

That’s why it’s a bit of an issue that I almost nev­er have one of those lit­tle pack­ets on hand, when I need one. For­tu­nate­ly, I’m nev­er with­out the sim­ple ingre­di­ents to make Home­made Ranch Dress­ing Mix.

The Ingredients

The one ingre­di­ent that may seem uncom­mon to you is but­ter­milk pow­der. It will change your life, my friend. 

Fresh but­ter­milk typ­i­cal­ly spoils before I can use it up, so I try to keep this pow­dered ver­sion on hand always. Hav­ing but­ter­milk pow­der in the fridge means I can mix up the exact amount I need, with no waste. I just add water.

I find it at my local Wal­mart gro­cery store, next to the pow­dered milk, in the bak­ing aisle.

buttermilk powder

The remain­ing cast of char­ac­ters is filled with herbs and sea­son­ing you will already have in your pantry. Salt, pep­per, gar­lic pow­der, onion pow­der, dried onion flakes, dill weed and pars­ley — that’s it. I know, right? Too easy! 

Stir every­thing togeth­er and voila! Home­made Ranch Dress­ing Mix. Store it in an air­tight con­tain­er in the refrig­er­a­tor for up to 6 months. *These jars (affil­i­ate link) from Ama­zon are a good choice for stor­ing home­made sea­son­ing mixes.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix ingredients

How to Use Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

You will run across all kinds of recipes that call for ranch dress­ing mix. The most com­mon ones at our house are for sal­ad dress­ing and dip. It’s to die for on this per­fect House Sal­ad. How­ev­er, it’s also a crit­i­cal ele­ment in ranch mashed pota­toes and almost any­thing chick­en bacon ranch. It makes great sea­son­ing for crack­ers, snack mix and pop­corn, too. And, seri­ous­ly, I have to try these Chick­en Ranch Nachos, next!

3 Table­spoons of this Home­made Ranch Dress­ing Mix is equal to 1 pack­et of the store bought stuff.

For deli­cious But­ter­milk Ranch Sal­ad Dress­ing, com­bine 3 Table­spoons Ranch Dress­ing Mix, 1/2 cup may­on­naise, 1/2 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup milk. Mix thor­ough­ly and chill the dress­ing for at least 30 min­utes to an hour before serv­ing, which gives the fla­vors time to meld and develop.

For yum­my ranch dip to put with your veg­gie trays this hol­i­day sea­son, mix 2 Table­spoons of Ranch Dress­ing Mix and 1 cup of sour cream. As men­tioned pre­vi­ous­ly, you can dig in and enjoy this right away, but the fla­vor will be at its best after 30 min­utes to an hour in the fridge.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

The Recipe

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 5 min­utes
  • Yield: 25 Table­spoons 1x


I nev­er seem to have a pack­et of Ranch Dress­ing Mix when I need one.  It’s okay though, because I always have these ingre­di­ents.  Mak­ing my own is so easy and it’s absolute­ly delicious!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup but­ter­milk powder
  • 1/3 cup dried parsley
  • 3 Table­spoons onion flakes
  • 2 Table­spoons onion powder
  • 2 Table­spoons gar­lic powder
  • 2 tea­spoons dill weed
  • 1 1/2 tea­spoons salt
  • 1 tea­spoon pepper


  1. Stir all ingre­di­ents togeth­er.  Be cer­tain all ingre­di­ents are even­ly dis­trib­uted through­out the but­ter­milk pow­der.  Store in an *air­tight con­tain­er in the refrig­er­a­tor.  The sea­son­ing mix will keep up to 6 months.
  2. Use in equal mea­sure for recipes call­ing for ranch dress­ing mix.  (3 Table­spoons equals 1 pack­et of mix.)
  3. To make Ranch Dress­ing, mix 3 Table­spoons Ranch Dress­ing Mix, 1/2 cup may­on­naise, 1/2 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup milk.  Stir to com­bine.  For best fla­vor, chill for 30 min­utes to an hour before serving.
  4. To Make Ranch Dip for a veg­gie tray, stir 2 Table­spoons of Ranch Dress­ing Mix into 1 cup of sour cream.  For best fla­vor, chill for 30 min­utes to an hour before serving.
  • Prep Time: 5 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 0 min­utes
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Sea­son­ing Mix, Condi­ment, Sal­ad Dressing
  • Method: Cold Prep
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

Key­words: ranch, dress­ing, sea­son­ing mix

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