Homemade Ranch Seasoning (Dressing Mix)

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This Homemade Ranch Seasoning Recipe is made from an easy mix!  So simple to make and super handy to keep in your pantry, homemade ranch dressing mix makes the best ranch dressing.

This easy ranch seasoning mix is also perfect to make dips, dressings and to add zest to our favorite meals and recipes!

Ranch Seasoning is a flavor I love and a pantry staple in my home.  I use it to create dressings, dips and to replace ranch dressing packets when I  need one in a recipe like Spinach Artichoke Cheese Ball or if I happen to run out of Ranch Dip for veggies!

Most of the dry ranch seasoning mix ingredients are simple and likely already found in your pantry. Onion powder, onion flakes, dill, parsley, garlic powder, salt, pepper and dried chives give this delicious seasoning mix its flavor!

Buttermilk powder is the one ingredient you may not have but you can get it online at Amazon or try looking at bulk food stores or down the same aisle as the powdered milk at your local store.

What is Buttermilk Powder?

Buttermilk is the residual liquid left over during the butter-making process.  Buttermilk powder is created by dehydrating the buttermilk until it’s in a powder form.  

Surprisingly, buttermilk powder is low in fat so it’s the perfect addition to your recipes and will add a slightly creamy tang!

How to Make Homemade Ranch Seasoning

This ranch seasoning mix could not be easier to make!  Simply combine all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container in a dark place for up to 6 months.

The great thing about this ranch seasoning is that you can add your own favorites to make it just right for your family! Cut the salt for a low sodium version, add a dash of cayenne for some heat or some parmesan for a cheesy ranch seasoning.

Why Homemade Ranch Dressing

Dry ranch dressing mix is such a versatile item to have on hand in your kitchen! Not only does it make the most fantastic dip and dressing, you can add it anywhere you want that delicious, rich ranch flavor! Try adding it to a flour dredge when making chicken or fish. Or sprinkle it on popcorn, roasted potatoes or veggies. Add it to softened butter and brush on a toasted loaf for a unique twist on garlic bread!

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

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning (Dressing Mix)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings (1/2 cup mix)
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer, Dressing, Pantry
Cuisine American
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

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  1. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Place in an airtight container and store up to 6 months.

To Make Dressing
  1. Add 3 tablespoons ranch seasoning 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.

To Make Dip
  1. Combine 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning 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.

To Replace 1 Envelope Ranch Dressing Mix
  1. Use 2 tablespoons ranch seasoning mix 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%

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

Keyword homemade ranch dressing mix, ranch mix, ranch packet, ranch seasoning

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  1. I just made a small mason jar of this with a couple tweaks to health it up a bit…roughly cut the recipe in half as it’s only for me…1.5 tblsp of dry mix, 1/4C each of LIGHT sour cream and greek plain yogurt and 1/3C of almond milk….whiz it together in my mini chopper….taste pretty darn good!!!

  2. This is a fantastic blend of spices to have on hand to make Ranch Dressing or Dip, and, as you stated, you can customize by adding other spices depending on your taste preferences. I LOVE that it has no MSG , which seems to be a main ingredient in so many premade Ranch Dressings, that I dread. Great that you can store it for 6 months – if it lasts that long.

  3. I can’t have onion powder. I usually substitute mustard powder as they are in the same flavor family. I hope that will work in this recipe.

  4. 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.

    1. Janet. I made this without the buttermilk powder as I too prefer to use the fresh buttermilk. I made up a batch of the dressing and the spices worked really well mixed into the mayo & fresh buttermilk. I also added some greek yoghurt to mine. Sometimes I add some sour cream…

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. 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!

    1. You can often find it in the spices area or the baking area. If you don’t see it just ask and they can usually help you find it.

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

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

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

  9. 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!

    1. The powder buttermilk had to be stored in the fridge after opening soi would also store the mix in the fridge just to be safe.

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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!

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