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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

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  • 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

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