Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe – ditch the packets and make your own homemade ranch dressing mix without all the salt and MSG! Buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and pepper. Great for dips, dressings, and casseroles. The mix will keep for about 2 months in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Ranch dressing mix is a pantry staple at our house. We use it in a TON of recipes; especially all of our Cracked Out Recipes on the blog. I usually buy the packets at the grocery store, but I decided it was finally time to make my own mix. By making a homemade version of the seasoning packets, I can control the salt content and omit the MSG that is in all the store-bought packets of ranch dressing mix. YAY!

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How to Make Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

Ranch dressing mix is super easy to make at home. You only need a few simple ingredients, a bowl, and a whisk. In a bowl, combine powdered buttermilk, dried parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, freeze-dried chives, dried dill weed, salt and black pepper. Transfer the seasoning to an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • The main ingredient in the mix is dry buttermilk powder. I used Saco buttermilk powder. It should be in the baking aisle at the grocery store.
  • This recipe is the equivalent of about 4 packets of dressing packets. Store the dressing mix in the refrigerator. It will keep for about 2 months in an airtight container. I use a mason jar to store the dry mix.
  • For a finer seasoning mix, place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth.
  • Can substitute fresh herbs for the dried herbs in the mix. You will need to triple the amount of dried herbs if using fresh herbs.
  • To make ranch salad dressing, whisk together 3 tablespoons of the dry seasoning with 1 cup of mayo, ½ cup sour cream, and ½ cup buttermilk.
    • Yes, I use buttermilk powder AND real buttermilk in the dressing. It makes the dressing taste amazing. Trust me!
    • The prepared dressing will keep about 5 days in the refrigerator in a sealed jar.
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How to use Ranch Dressing Mix

Our number one way to use this ranch dressing is in our famous Crack Dip. I make Crack Dip ALL the time. It is my go-to for parties, tailgating, and snacking.

There are so many different ways to use this dressing mix – soups, pasta, casseroles, appetizers, potato casseroles, and breaded chicken tenders. It is GREAT to have on hand. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use the homemade ranch mix on the blog:

Crack Potatoes

Crack Potatoes – the ORIGINAL recipe!! Potato casserole made with sour cream, cheddar cheese, real bacon bits, ranch dip mix,…

Crack Keto Biscuits

Crack Keto Biscuits – delicious! Even if you aren’t doing the Keto diet, you will love these biscuits! Loaded with…

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Yield: 4 packets
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix – ditch the packets for an easy homemade dressing mix without all the salt and MSG! Buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, chives, dill, salt, and pepper. Great for dips, dressings, and casseroles. Mix will keep for about 2 months.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk powder
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp freeze-dried chives
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, or to taste

Instructions:

  • Whisk together all ingredients.
  • Store dressing mix in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Notes:

Store the mix in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
The mix will keep 2 months in the refrigerator.
Approximately 3 Tablespoons is equal to one packet of store-bought mix.
To make Ranch dressing: 
  • 3 Tbsp mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
 

Steph

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Comments

  1. I love making my own dressings and this is a winner! Took me forever to get the dry buttermilk mix…finally ordered it thru Walmart and had it delivered. I tasted it when first mixed and it was okay, but after it sat for a few hours in the fridge it was really good!! You can make as little or as much as you want! Love it ❤️

  2. Great recipe, Am I having issues under standing all these questions, have people really have no idea of what they are doing, Make the mix, and when they need dressing, mix with the butter milk and other ingredients, Come one people, Now that I got that off my chest the chicken chili was awesome 👍

    1. Hi all – the powdered buttermilk has to be refrigerated after opening according to the packaging label. To comply, please refrigerate the mix per the instructions on the label for safety. Hope this helps.

  3. Thank you for this! I am going to make it as part of a Christmas gift for Christmas.

    I have a question. Do you get the glass airtight container from HL, WM, or another big box? I love your presentation!

  4. Stephanie…..To make your ranch dressing mix you use Powdered Buttermilk, and to use the mix to make ranch dressing, you use a 1/2 cup of Buttermilk? Am I understanding this right?

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