Newsflash for ranch lovers! Did you know that it is super duper easy to make delicious ranch seasoning mix homemade?
True story. No need to run to the store for one of those processed packets, or to pick up a jar of your favorite ranch dressing or dip. All of the ingredients are likely sitting right there in your spice cabinet! Just do a little measuring, a little mixing, and you’re ready to make your favorite ranch dressing or dip or whatever other ranch-ness you may love in less than 5 minutes. It is seriously that easy!
The great thing too about homemade ranch seasoning is that it won’t be full of un-pronounceable mystery ingredients. Just your simple herbs and spices, and some optional powdered buttermilk if you’d like (similar to powdered milk).
I love using mine to make skinny Greek yogurt ranch dip, ranch dressing, or I’ll even just use the mix to season some chicken or fries. Delish!!!
Delicious ranch seasoning mix is super easy to make homemade!
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 teaspoons dried dill
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried chives
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
optional: 1/3 cup buttermilk powder*
Whisk all ingredients together until blended. If you want a more finely-ground seasoning mix, you can pulse the mixture in a food processor until it reaches your desired consistency.
Store in a sealed container for up to 1 year. (If using the buttermilk powder, refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 1 month.)
Buttermilk powder: If you would like to make ranch seasoning that is identical to the stuff sold in the packet, you can add buttermilk powder to this recipe. Otherwise, you can just add fresh buttermilk if you are turning this seasoning into ranch dressing.
Store-bought equivalent: Approximately 3 tablespoons of this mix (made with the buttermilk powder mixed in) equals 1 packet of the store-bought ranch seasoning mix.
To make ranch dressing: Combine 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning mix (including buttermilk powder) + 1/3 cup mayo + 1/3 cup milk, and whisk to combine.
I’m so glad to find this mix, to get rid of the MSG is so worth it.
Thanks, Sandy — we hope you enjoy it!
Excellent recipe!i used it without the buttermilk and sprinkled it heavily on pieces of chicken as finished sautéing them in a bit of olive oil. I removed the chickken and then made smoke rue from the drippings and poured it over. It was very good!
Thanks, Judi — we’re so glad you enjoyed it, and we bet it was super yummy on the chicken! :)
Thank you for a healthy version of ranch. The only bottle I could find with acceptable ingredients is 7 buck for 16 oz. And this tastes better.
What would I substitute for the buttermilk powder for someone with milk allergy? It would need something to thicken it up, I believe.
Hi Missy! Hmmm, that’s tricky. If you can track down a non-dairy milk powder, that would probably be your best bet (we looked online and weren’t able to find a non-dairy buttermilk powder though). You could add a bit of cream of tartar to it (that will give it the acidity you would get from the buttermilk). We hope this is helpful!
Thank you! I just stumbled upon a recipe tonight that called for Ranch dressing mix and I didn’t have any; but I was able to qup some up nice and quick.
You’re very welcome — we hope you enjoyed it!
Will omitting the buttermilk powder drastically affect the final product? Is that even an option? Or could it be replaced by something else? Needing it to be milk free…
Excited to try!
Hi Jess! If you can track down a non-dairy milk powder, that would probably be your best bet (we looked online and weren’t able to find a non-dairy buttermilk powder though). You could add a bit of cream of tartar to it (that will give it the acidity you would get from the buttermilk). We hope this is helpful!
I had no problem finding the buttermilk powder in my local bulkfood store
This recipe been lookung for a simple easy dry ranch seasoning as i cant buy it in the stores where i live. So huge thank you
Question what does the dry buttermilk do as u cant find it here in aus. Will it make nuch difference if i omit it.
For those having trouble finding the dry buttermilk, Amazon carries it. Don’t know if they do internationally, but they deliver right to your door in the U.S.
My husband and I both love ranch dressing, but we have some food sensitivities, especially salt and don’t use much in the way of processed foods. I’m off to pick up a few things I don’t have around the house and make a batch of this! Thanks so much.
Thanks, Katy — we hope you guys enjoy it!
Thanks so much for this! I just recently started having issues with chronic migraines and MSG is a huge trigger for me. My grandma uses Ranch mix packets in a ton of her recipes and I’ve checked every single brand I could find-they all have MSG. I just made a big batch of this for her and myself so we aren’t either running out of recipes for family dinner or having me make myself something different than the rest of the family. It’s making my dietry adjusts a little bit easier on my family and that’s been a huge boost in spirits for me today! You rock!
Thanks for sharing with us, Kylie — oh man, MSG is scary stuff! We’re so glad this worked out for you and we hope the migraines stay away! :)
I made this with plain non-fat Greek yogurt and skim milk and it was super runny. So much so that the seasonings settled to the bottom of the jar. I remade it using the same ingredients, but put the milk in slowly and ended up putting in less than half of the 1/3 cup. Consistency is now what I would say is on the thicker side of salad dressing, but could also be used as a dip. Tastes great without all of those nasty chemicals!!
We’re glad you enjoyed it, Nancy! We’re sorry it was so runny the first time, but we’re glad you had better results the second time around! :)
Used it as part of seasoning for elk burgers!!
Awesome, Judy — we hope you enjoyed it!
OMG I love your ceramic measuring spoons! Where did you get them?
Thank you! I think I purchased them a few years ago at World Market. :) They might still have them!
I was at the store and every mix had msg in it. Just made this in my food processor and am very excited to make dressing and dip. Thank you so much!
Yay! We hope you love it, Erin!
Great taste but super thin. I used Greek yogurt because I’m allergic to eggs (mayo). Thoughts on making less liquid?
Hi Lillie! We’re sorry this came out on the thin side for you. We think you might want to just gradually add the milk until you get the consistency you’re looking for (it sounds like the milk is what made it too thin, not the Greek yogurt). We hope this helps!
Hellmanns makes a Vegan mayo. No eggs in it, and it’s delicious!
Just wanted to tell you that I don’t typically “follow” bloggers. But I have stumbled upon, and made, several of your recipes and each one has been perfect! I am trying this one today, for a one pan roasted ranch chicken and vegetables dish. My family loves it, but I’ve been avoiding it because we are focusing on cleaner eating. I also plan to try to make ranch dip with it – I can NOT seem to wean my 6 year old off the old Hidden Valley Ranch! I’ll let you know if you save the day! :) Thanks for the amazing recipes!
Hi Jamie, thanks for your sweet words — we’re glad you enjoy the blog and the recipes you’ve tried so far! We hope you guys enjoy the homemade seasoning — let us know what you think! :)
Oh my- I hope you tried it! Sooooo much better than Hidden Valley Ranch!!
Trying this today.I’m always looking for homemade gifts to give to clients;who doesn’t like “ranch” dressing on everything.
We hope you and your clients enjoyed it Jan!
Yum! I just made this mix to use in another recipe. I love it! I think it’s better than the name brand store version!
Thanks, Becky, we’re so glad to hear that!
My son cannot have dairy. Other than leaving the buttermilk out, are there other options? I’m particularly wanting to use this mix in a soup. If I add in a nutmilk at cooking would that work?
Hi Heather! We’re afraid we don’t know of any non-dairy alternatives for the buttermilk powder. You could try a plain nut milk and see how that works, but we haven’t experimented with that before, so we’re not sure.
I just made a non diary version of this mix for my husband who is dairy free and it was delicious!
If you put 1 tsp apple cider vinergar into a 1/3 cup measuring cup and fill the rest with almond/non dairy milk and let it sit for 10 minutes it becomes similar to buttermilk (and still give it that ranch tangyness!) I used that mixture instead of the buttermilk powder and milk, used veganaise instead of mayo and just added the apple cider vinegar mixture until it was the consistency I wanted (which ended up being less than the 1/3 cup)!
It is the best non dairy ranch I have tasted and even better than some dairy ranch!
A friend warned me of ingredients in Hidden Valley Ranch dip mix. Shocked to see 3rd ingredient is MSG! 2 packs going in trash!! I use it in homemade Chuys dip which is my favorite homemade salad dressing! Surprused this mix is refridgerated. Why with all dry ingredients? You will email answer? Thank you
Hi Glenda! It’s because of the dried buttermilk powder. We hope you enjoy the mix!
Ali, I have not used dried buttermilk powder before. Is it typically stored in the refrigerator? Or, are you storing the mix there because the DBP is now part of the mix. Thanks!
Hi Diana! Yes, the buttermilk powder is the reason why we recommend storing the mix in the fridge. We hope you enjoy!
Perfect! Since we are eating low carb, I’m always looking for different seasoning blends. This (sans milk) was perfect for making microwave ranch flavored cheese crackers!
Microwave cheese crackers:
1) Put a piece of parchment paper on a microwave-safe plate (absolutely necessary!)
2) Put a small pile of a cheddar shredded cheese blend on the parchment paper.*
3) sprinkle in a pinch or two of almond flour.
4) add salt/pepper/spices to taste.
5) microwave for about a minute and 15 seconds, preferably with a splash guard overtop to protect your microwave (think nuking spaghetti sauce and the cleaning issues)*
6) remove from microwave and let cool.
7) enjoy crispy cheese crackers.
* If your crackers aren’t crispy when cooled, try using less cheese or microwaving a few seconds longer. Alternately, if they are too hard or burnt increase the amount of cheese or decrease the cooking time.
We’re so glad to hear that, Karen, thanks for sharing with us (those crackers sound delicious)! :)
Absolutely love this recipe! I use it all the time to make fresh ranch dressing. My kids love to eat veges dipped in this. I do not use dry buttermilk- I make a dressing from delish.com that is called BLT wedge salad and follow their recipe for the actual dressing. It’s amazing!
Thank you, Pamela — we’re so happy you enjoy it (and that BLT wedge salad sounds fantastic)! :)
Can heavy cream be used instead of milk?
Yes, definitely. We hope you enjoy!
Easy and awesome recipe…thanks for sharing this. For a non-dairy version dip, I like to use Vegenaise. It is a vegan replacement for mayonnaise. For dressing, I thin it with plain non-dairy milk, added a little at a time until it’s the right consistency. Vegenaise can be found at natural foods markets, or conventional Grocers that have a larger section of natural foods.
Outstanding. It was great in the keto crack crockpot chicken – with buttermilk as well!
Awesome, glad to hear it!
So excited!! Ready to make stinky pretzels & no ranch dressing.
So I made your recipe DOUBLE BATCH.
Thank you for reading my mind…made the recipe than thought how much is 1 PACKET. There was my answer.
Excellent flavour! I mixed it with mayo and sour cream for a veggie dip.
So good! I didnt have any buttermilk at hand, but mixed it all up anyway. Also, used Greek yogurt instead of mayo. It works for us! My little guys are plowing threw it with carrots! Thanks! (Will add buttermilk next go around though)
Thanks for some insight. Didn’t want to run to the grocery store… Yet again today. Used your recipe as a base for my jalapeño ranch salad dressing/dip. Super bowl win ?
Hi – Have been looking for recipes to make my own ranch and came across this – super excited. The only question I have is you note that it will keep for up to 3 months in the refridge. Does it have to be kept cold? I’ll be making a few batches (some to share!) whild waiting for our nor’easter to blow through
So odd. It was flavorful like spices but tasted nothing like Ranch packet dressing. Since other reviews say that it does, I must have mess up lol. I’ll perhaps try again next time.
I used straight spices FYI no buttermilk powder. If I add the powder, would it taste like the packet mix?? I don’t want salad dressing, I want the powder foRom for sprinkling on potatoes. Tia!
Hello! How would we change the recipe if we omitted the powdered buttermilk? how much fresh buttermilk would have to be used with the greek yogut for the dip?
I know you created this recipe ages ago, but I just had to thank you for it! I’ve been trying my damnedest to find a good homemade ranch recipe and every one of them has come up lacking – until this one! Thank you so much for such a simple and delicious recipe that’s delicious and makes a “just right” amount of ranch, where I’m not wasting or throwing away what’s left after a week.
dried dill weed can be expensive. I buy fresh dill weed in the produce dept if it has been marked down. I remove the stems and dry it in the oven. I love dill and have saved a bunch!
So excited to try this! I can not tolerate MSG! It should be outlawed!! Going to make a Mississippi Mud Roast with it! Can’t wait to try it!
Thank you! Very tasty.
Best dressing I’ve made so far. Just can’t eat salad without it. Thank you so much for sharing ? x
I have to say this was amazing! Tastes even better than the HVR mix that I buy in bulk because I use it in everything. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I love that I can store the combined dry ingredients and mix with the wet ingredients whenever I need a batch. I found the mixture a bit thin, so I added sour cream until it reached the desired consistency. My wife loves this dressing!
I was making Buffalo Chicken dip and didn’t have s ranch seasoning packet. I had everything in my stash to mix this up though, and it was perfect. Thank you for a recipe I’ll use instead of buying the packets.
Used this in my Mississippi Mud Roast! Delish!! I also make my own onion soup mix thus…the evil ingredient… MSG! Using today on my veggie pizza! I hope no one can tell!!
Thanks for this recipe. I do not tolerate MSG at all! Ate some yesterday on something someone at work used in their recipe and I’m a stuffed bloated sausage today!! Thank you again for the recipe!! I’ve shared it a ton!!
I love this ranch seasoning recipe! I have tried several different ones and this is the best.
I love this ranch seasoning! It is the best that I have found.
This is great even if you did not use the same mix it is great to know how much wet ingredients to put in.
Your recipe was a hit! Thank you!
This has made my life so much easier! We go through a lot of ranch and this is so much faster than getting out all the bottles of spices, etc ; it’s already mixed for you. Tripled the recipe for a big container full. Thank you for a great recipe!!
It was very good ?? lots of flavor ???
Loved it. I do most of my own spice and here mixes and I’ve added this one to my list.