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.
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
- 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.
How To Make Ranch Dressing Mix
- Measure all the ingredients together in a bowl and then mix until they are well combined.
- 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.
- Use to make Ranch Cheddar Chicken
- Ranch Oyster Crackers are an addictive snack!
- Broccoli Rice Casserole is an easy side dish
- Homemade Cafe Rio Chicken – copycat version that is so good!
- Chicken Pot Pie Noodles is an easy weeknight dinner
- Instant Pot Crack Chicken is ready in no time.
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.
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!
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!
- 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
- Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until it is well combined.
- 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.
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.
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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I have got to try this! It looks delicious. I love homemade ranch. Thanks for the great recipe.
Ranch dressing is one of my favorite! I will make your recipe next time!
Erica Oosthuizen says
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 says
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.
I absolutely love this! I never would have thought to make it homemade!
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 says
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.