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Ranch Dressing Mix

Ranch Dressing Mix – make your own ranch dressing at home! No more buying the powdered stuff that is full of who knows what, this is so easy to make and so much better homemade!

If you follow along on my Facebook Page you make have notice comments every time I post a recipe that involves ranch dressing mix. People get very unhappy because some store bought brands out there have MSG in them. Not all, but some.

So instead of trying to get all the manufactures to change their ways, or every person making a recipe to buy the “correct” packet of mix, I am making my own! This Ranch Dressing Mix is just like the packets of stuff you buy from the store, without any of the “extra” stuff added in.

homemade ranch dressing in a bowl with vegetables

 

Ranch seasoning has always been a staple in my pantry. It is great to add to so many things to give it that burst of flavor. Personally, I am not a fan of actual ranch dressing, but the packets are just the herbs and spices and they can add so much to a dish.

What’s In Ranch Dressing Mix

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the FULL PRINTABLE recipe card.

  • Dried Parsley
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried dill
  • Onion Flakes
  • Dried Chives
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Buttermilk Powder

What Is Buttermilk Powder

It is exactly what it sounds, it is dehydrated buttermilk that is in powder form. You can find this in most US grocery stores down the baking aisle. You will find it near the other powdered milk.

If you can’t find it in your store, you can look on Amazon.

Can’t Find Buttermilk Powder? If you are actually making ranch dressing or ranch dip, you want to use the buttermilk powder. But, if you are just adding it to another dip or other meal, you can get away with not using it and just adding in the herbs. You will still get all the flavor you are looking for without the buttermilk powder. In a pinch you can use powdered milk and just add a little bit of lemon juice of white vinegar when you actually make the recipe.

Many people say they leave out the buttermilk powder or any substitute entirely and have great results, I just have not tested it that way.

Do you need to refrigerate buttermilk powder? Yes! Most brands say that once the package has been opened it needs to be refrigerated. So you can store it in your pantry for months, but once you open it to make the mix the ranch dressing mix and the container of buttermilk powder should go in the fridge.

ranch seasoning mixed together in a jar

How To Make Ranch Dressing Mix

  1. Measure all the ingredients together in a bowl and then mix until they are well combined.
  2. Store in an air tight container in the fridge until you are ready to use.

How To Use Ranch Dressing Mix

There are so many different options aside from just using it to make ranch dressing for your Tossed Salad.

ingredients for ranch dressing mix on a plate

How To Make Ranch Dressing

Mix 3 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing mix with 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream, and 3/4 cup of milk. Mix it until it is well combined. Store in an air tight container in the fridge up to 1 week.

How To Make Ranch Dip

Mix 2 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing mix with 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream. You can stir in up to 1/2 cup of milk to get the desired consistency. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

pinterest collage of ranch dressing mix

How To Store Homemade Ranch Seasoning

This depends on the brand of buttermilk powder that you used. If the container says to refrigerate after opening hat store your ranch dressing mix in an air tight container in the fridge. It will keep for a couple months in there, so feel free to make a double or trip batch if you tend to go through a lot of ranch.

If your buttermilk powder does not require refrigeration then store in an air tight container in the pantry. It will last for months, so make as much as you want!

Yield: 6

Ranch Dressing Mix

close up ranch seasoning mix in mason jar

Ranch Dressing Mix - make your own ranch dressing at home! No more buying the powdered stuff that is full of who knows what, this is so easy to make and so much better homemade!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk powder
  • 3 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until it is well combined.
  2. Store in an air tight container. If your buttermilk powder container says to refrigerate after opening, store ranch seasoning in the fridge.


To replace ranch dressing packet in a recipe use 2 Tbsp of this ranch dressing mix.

Notes

How To Make Ranch Dressing - Mix 3 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing mix with 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream, and 3/4 cup of milk. Mix it until it is well combined. Store in an air tight container in the fridge up to 1 week.

How To Make Ranch Dip - Mix 2 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing mix with 1/2 cup mayo and 1/2 cup sour cream. You can stir in up to 1/2 cup of milk to get the desired consistency. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 52Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 7mgSodium 268mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 4g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Lisa

Sunday 5th of November 2023

I make a beef roast with ranch dressing, but can’t make it when my sister in law is coming because she allergic to dairy. Thanks for this option! I wonder if there is a dairy free powdered milk?

Sara

Sunday 5th of November 2023

What is a healthy Mayo to use? I do t want any with soybean oil

Erin S

Wednesday 15th of November 2023

Look at the brands in your store and pick one that uses a different oil. Each area of the country sells different brands, so you just need to read the labels.

Roz

Friday 22nd of October 2021

As I live in Australia we don’t have buttermilk, what can I substitute please as so want to make a ranch mix?

Erin S

Monday 25th of October 2021

There is a whole section in the post about what to do if you can't find buttermilk powder. You can use regular powdered milk and just add a little bit of lemon juice or white vinegar when you go to make the recipe. You can search online, it is widely available online to have shipped to you. Or you can leave it out, people have said just using the herbs is great in the dressing.

Cathy

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I absolutely love this! I never would have thought to make it homemade!

Erica Oosthuizen

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

Hi, can I use fresh herbs instead of dried? Does the buttermilk make a huge difference in the taste, can it be left out?

Erin S

Tuesday 28th of September 2021

This recipe is meant to replace the packet of ranch dressing that is shelf stable in the grocery store. So if you used fresh herbs you would need a different recipe that you use right away, not that stores for months. Are you talking about the dried buttermilk? If you are using this in a recipe like my chicken pot pie noodles that calls for a packet of ranch, you won't notice the buttermilk is missing. But if you make the actual ranch dressing or ranch dip with it, you would notice and the taste would be different. Hope that helps.

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