Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix without artificial ingredients and much less sodium! Easy to make and saves money over Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packets!
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix has become a staple in our kitchen since we discovered all things Chicken Bacon Ranch! Yes, chicken bacon ranch was a brilliant idea Subway had a while before anyone else, but it is by far our second favorite flavor combination in our house. If you’re not new here you know the favorite is of course all things Philly Cheesesteak.
This recipe is meant to taste just like your favorite Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning and dressing mix.
Why make your own Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix? It is infinitely healthier for you since you are using whole ingredients. There are no added preservatives and artificial ingredients and you can make the mix just one time to keep for use throughout the next few months.
We buy spices in bulk so mixing up these seasoning mixes is a breeze.
How do I make homemade ranch dressing from the packet?
In a bowl, add 1 cup milk and 1 cup mayonnaise with 3 tablespoons of Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix and whisk until well combined. Refrigerate for an hour before using.
What seasonings are in ranch dressing?
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix has buttermilk powder, parley, dill weed, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
Some great ways to use this Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix:
- Homemade Ranch Dip: by adding 1 cup sour cream to 3 tablespoons of the mix.
- Ranch Pork Chops: Coat the pork chops in ranch dressing mix and pan fry or roast at 400 degrees (time depends on thickness).
- Ranch Chicken: Marinate chicken with 3 tablespoons of the mix and one tablespoon canola oil and cook as desired.
- Ranch Potato Wedges: Toss potato wedges with 3 tablespoons of mix, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and ½ teaspoon black pepper and cook at 400 degrees until crispy.
Looking for recipes to use this Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix with?
Please note that you are going to have to refrigerate your dressing mix and the buttermilk powder, but it is an AWESOME ingredient to have and will save you a LOT of money. No more buying quarts of buttermilk only to use a small amount and let the rest go bad.
This is another recipe in a series of pantry recipes I am building out on the site. If you have any requests please PLEASE please let me know below in the comments. I have (not kidding here) about 100 recipes on my list of things I make at home and would love to bump your requests to the top of the list.
- 1/2 cup dry buttermilk powder
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
- 1 teaspoon dried chives
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Pulse all the ingredients together in a small food processor.
- Transfer to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
Thank you for your RANCH DRESSING MIX recipe! We use the store bought a lot but it goes out of date quickly and is so expensive! Is nice to have your homemade on hand.
We do not have buttermilk powder
Hmmm, I’ve not tested it using anything else.
Iam so glad that you have a recipe for ranch we use it alot in our kitchen but man its expensive and the same for homemade taco seasoning this will save me alot thank you so much have a blessed day
What can I use instead of Buttermilk powder. Not available by us to make RANCH DRESSING MIX
You can substitute buttermilk powder for milk powder but it will change the flavor. Sorry I don’t have a better substitute. Using fresh buttermilk won’t create a dry mix so there’s not really any other option.
Hi Sabrina, I cannot find buttermilk powder would ordinary powdered milk be as good? I want to make this recipe for the family this coming week-end. Look forward to your reply. Many thanks. Maria
You can use powdered milk but the flavor will be different.
Hi I in the U.K. and we can’t get dried buttermilk here . Can you please tell me how i can make the ranch dressing using fresh butter milk ?
Kind regards julie
Here’s a great recipe for it!
We can’t buy buttermilk powder here. We can, however buy fresh buttermilk.
As the dry Ranch mix is also unavailable do you have any suggestions for how I could make this using fresh buttermilk?
You can substitute buttermilk powder for milk powder but it will change the flavor. Sorry I don’t have a better substitute. Using fresh buttermilk won’t create a dry mix.
Thanks so much for sharing your base and mix recipes, I really appreciate it.
I noticed that the instructions for the Ranch Dressing mix did not include information on how much of the Ranch Dressing Mix is needed to prepare a pint of salad dressing or dip. I generally use the mix packets for cooking main course dishes but at times will find them useful to flavor side dishes. My personal preference for Salad Dressings are primarily oil & vinegar based, but I do have a few family members who enjoy Ranch Dressing so I always try to have some freshly made up when they will be visiting.
I also read on your blog where you asked readers to let you know if they had mixes or base recipes that they would like to see you post on your site.
I was wondering if you might have created alternatives or copycat recipes for Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Knorr Leek Recipe Mix & Knorr Spring Vegetable Recipe Mix. I know a lot of people use them for making dips, but I use them at least twice a month each for making main course meals, so would really appreciate if you had or could help me create alternatives that are healthier and hopefully less expensive. Thanks so much for your willingness to share your training, knowledge and experience with others, it is appreciated and very helpful!
The onion soup mix is definitely coming, I can try and see about the other two. With regards to the dressing and dip you can substitute this seasoning mix in equal quantities to the packaged mix (about 3 tablespoons to a packet). So any recipes you see online you can make that swap. I mentioned the directions on making the dressing further up in the post, on the dip I’d refer you to: https://www.hiddenvalley.com/recipe/garden-vegetable-dip/
Hope that helps! So glad you’re enjoying the recipes!
I use ranch dressing mix all the time! Love the idea of homemade!
Homemade is just so much better!
I looooove homemade ranch! I can’t wait to try your mix!
I need to make this asap! I LOVE IT!
I’m so happy to have this recipe! I love those packets, but who knows what’s in them, ya know?!
This definitely takes the guess work out of the ingredients!
Love making my own dressing! I will be saving this!
Definitely a great one to have on hand!
I love making my own dressings and you can use this for so many things! Thanks for the inspiration!
You’re welcome, Michelle!
Thank you for Ranch recipe. We use it a lot but it is so expensive and is out of date so quickly!