Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix!

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A delicious Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix. Simple to make, contains no MSG and is perfect in dressings and dips or to replace mix packets!

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix!

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Ranch dressing is something we go through a lot of in our house!  My kids love it on veggies and for dipping everything (including pizza crusts, weird right?).  We’ve gone through many packages of ranch mix which I don’t mind but I really don’t like all of the salt in in..  yes, it’s packed with MSG.  No thanks!

Since I always make my own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dip, I knew it wouldn’t be too hard to come up with a version of homemade ranch dressing mix!  I took the exact same ingredients found in my usual recipe and just mixed them with buttermilk powder.  After a few tries I was able to get the exact balance I was looking for!  The best part of this recipe is that it’s very versatile…  love dill?  add some extra! Hate salt?  Skip it completely! It’s super easy to make this recipe to your own tastes!

The only item that can sometimes be tricky to find is powdered buttermilk.  We have a bulk store that sells it but you can also sometimes find in with the powdered milk at the grocery store or on Amazon.

This recipe makes approx. 1/2 cup which is the equivalent of about 3-4 packets of purchased mix (depending on how much you use).  Once you start making homemade ranch dressing mix, you’ll never buy it again!

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A delicious Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix. Simple to make, contains no MSG and is perfect in dressings and dips or to replace mix packets!
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4.5 from 2 votes
Servings: 6 1/2 cup mix
Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade ranch dressing mix
A delicious homemade ranch dressing mix. Simple to make, contains no MSG and is perfect in dressings and dips!
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk powder
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chives
  1. In a small food processor (I use the magic bullet), blend together the buttermilk powder, 1/2 of the dill and 1/2 of the parsley.
  2. Stir in all remaining ingredients by hand. Place in an air tight container and store up to 6 months.
  1. Add 3 tablespoons ranch mix, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup milk. Stir until well combined and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons ranch mix, with 1/2 cup mayonnaise & 1/2 cup sour cream. Add up to 1/2 cup milk to reach desired consistency. Stir will and refrigerate at least 20 minutes before serving.
  1. Use 2 tablespoons in place of 1 packet of ranch mix.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 51, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 344mg, Potassium: 213mg, Carbohydrates: 7g, Sugar: 5g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 2.9%, Vitamin C: 4.9%, Calcium: 12.9%, Iron: 0.9%

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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A delicious Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix. Simple to make, contains no MSG and is perfect in dressings and dips or to replace mix packets!


Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

39 comments on “Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix!”

  1. This is by far the best ranch dressing I have ever had. I mix all the dry ingredients and keep in the frig. Ready to mix with sour cream and mayo for dressing or less milk for dip.

  2. These recipes are so much healthier than”store bought.” Thank you!

  3. I always use real buttermilk to make ranch dressing. Would you or could you change anything in this mix to use buttermilk?

  4. Six months? LOL… you mustn’t eat salad as we do. We go through four packets a month, easily! This would last one month!

  5. did you know that buttermilk powder has enormous amounts of sodium in it
    not always the best choice.

  6. How long can this be store for

  7. Sounds great! Where do you find buttermilk powder? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it.

  8. Thank you so much for this recipe. I use the packets quite often but now I know I can make my own without all the preservatives.

  9. Why can’t you add all ingredients when processing it?

  10. You can make your own buttermilk by using regular milk and vinegar or lemon juice.

  11. Do you think it would be similar by substituting powdered milk for the powdered buttermilk?

    • I wouldn’t think the taste would be the same. It needs that extra “zing” buttermilk has. If you do make it with regular milk, maybe you could add some vinegar when you use it to make dressing or dip.

  12. I’ve never heard of buttermilk powder. Where would I find it in a grocery store? This recipe sounds good and I like making my own dressings, so I can’t wait to make it!

  13. Love it! It’s a keeper and my go to for ranch dip.

  14. Thank you for having the picture in the “print it” setup. So very helpful! Can’t wait to try this recipe.

  15. did you ever check the ingredients in mayonnaise……not healthy at all so making this recipe really is not being healthy.

    • You can buy a better-for-you mayo in most natural food sections of your local grocery if you would like to try this.

  16. try sprinkling on chicken then bake. yum! and low fat. thanks for the recipe!

  17. So glad I found this on FB ~ hate buying HVR in the packets ~ they have MSG and so do the bottles of ranch dressing you buy on the shelf at the grocery store. Can’t wait to try it! Thank you!

  18. Are the herbs in here dried or fresh and do you store powdered mix on shelf or in fridge

  19. Would LOVE to know if there’s a dairy free version of this recipe. Lactose free cream cheese is pretty readily available, I thought that would be an easy substitute for the sour cream. Perhaps rice milk powder instead of buttermilk? Finding delicious recipies my little girls can have has proven to be quite a challenge! TIA!

  20. Thanks for linking up at Motivation Monday! I need to make this up. DS9 loves ranch dressing with carrots.

  21. I’ve been wondering if this could be made at home! I cook with the powdered ranch mix a good bit, and wanted to try it myself. So glad to find you on Motivation Monday!

  22. I was just curious how long it keeps in the fridge?

  23. This sounds good. I love that it uses real food ingredients, saves you money and surely tastes better than the stuff in the bottle!!

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