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I love, love, love my homemade taco seasoning mix. It’s convenient, cheap and oh-so-tasty. And I’m mixing up a new homemade seasoning mix today…this time for ranch dressing!

This past weekend I planted some lettuce and other cold weather veggies (more on that this weekend).  I try to eat a salad for lunch everyday and usually mix up a quick vinaigrette (yeah for cheap olive oil this week!).  And while I love my vinaigrettes, I also like variety.  I’ve been craving ranch dressing lately and much prefer this homemade version.  While I wait for the fresh parsley, dill and basil to grow up in the garden and be ready for some “fresh herbs” ranch dressing mix, I plan on using this version with the dried spices until then.

I also love this because it costs a fraction of what you would pay for a packet at the store, and makes twice as much!

Before we get to the recipe, how about a few homemade seasoning mixes to try out!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix


  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  • Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and gently stir.

  • Store in a resealable plastic baggie or small ball canning jar with tight fitting lid  in your spice cabinet.
  • To make the ranch dressing, whisk together 1/3 cup mayonnaise with 1/4 cup milk (more or less depending on the consistency you want) with 1 Tbsp of the homemade ranch dressing seasoning mix.  Season with salt, to taste. Use immediately and can refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • Makes about 4 Tbsp worth of mix. Or use the ratios above and mix up however much you’ll need!

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  1. says

    This is a great recipe to have in your arsenal! My best friend and I tried to make ranch dressing ourselves and it was very similar to your recipe above. Once tip I have…to decrease the fat content, I used Greek yogurt. Worked like a charm! Thanks!

  2. says

    Thank you for sharing this! I can’t wait to try it tonight for the kids. They love ranch, while hubs and I prefer something lighter. I have some Greek yogurt too, so I think I’ll try it that way! Thanks for the tip!

    • Stephanie says

      I use a ratio of 1:3 for dried/fresh herbs. Usually if a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of basil, use 3 teaspoons of fresh basil. Hope that helps!

    • Aubrey says

      My Daughter is allergic to something, probably MSG that is in most Ranch dressings and Ranch is her Favorite too! I am going to make this next time we need some ranch in the house!

    • Jim says

      Mix the seasonings with 1/2 C powdered buttermilk.

      Approx. 1 T in 1 tub of sour cream gives nice, thick ranch dip, just like you get with Hidden Valley but without the MSG and less salt.

      Don’t add sugar. Not needed. Use full-fat sour cream – fat is not your enemy, sugar is.

      • Grammy B says

        Thanks for the add! I tried the powdered buttermilk along with seasonings. Did not end up with a very robust flavor however when mixed with low-fat sour cream. Maybe too much buttermilk?

  3. Michelle S says

    This is great! My husband’s allergic to mayo (eggs), so would I replace it with the greek yogurt? Also, will you be doing an Italian Dressing one soon? That is the one I really need, preferably with less salt than store bought package also.
    Thanks for all you do!

    • Loy says

      Oops! Should have noted that I do not use the celery salt either. I didn’t remember it was still
      there. I use crushed dried celery flakes, instead. I make these almost “free” by snipping off the leaves of stalks of celery, placing them in a single layer in a shallow container, and just letting them sit on my counter 2 0r 3 days until the leaves are dry. I mix hem up a little each day. I then store the dried leaves in a plastic bag and crush them to put in seasoning mixes and into soups and stews.

  4. Melissa says

    I am calorie counting and would love to be able to have a good ranch that is low in calories! Now I can control what it’s made of! Thank you!!!!

  5. Shreela says

    Thank you SO much! While I love being frugal, I love no-additive recipes even more, since carrageenan causes me so much pain, and is being used in more and more foods (recently found it in pre-packaged deli meats!) Check the last paragraph of this page:

    I’m pretty sure other kinds of kelp don’t bother me, since I tolerate California rolls just fine. I handle other thickeners fine too, just something about carrageenan and me don’t get along.

    And artichokes just aren’t the same with Italian dressing LOL

    Thanks again!

  6. Joe says

    Ranch dressing is the only dressing I like. The wife won’t buy bottled dressing because of all the “odd” ingredients-she likes to make most everything from scratch. I am passing this on to her for sure.

  7. cheryl says

    This is a great base: I love to use buttermilk as a direct substitution for the milk, it’s fat free and makes the dressing really creamy.
    You can also puree avocado in place of the Mayo and it’s green goddess dressing. This version is simply awesome when drizzled over a chilled iceberg wedge!

  8. says

    Oh I love this idea! Have been doing homemade taco seasoning for ages but for some reason it never occurred to me to make other seasoning mixes…thanks for the “aha” moment!

  9. says

    I got a recipe years ago for using the Hidden Valley packet on cut up potatoes with a little olive oil. It was a favorite of my husband even those we are not ranch dressing fans. We haven’t had it in ages because the cost of the packets were too expensive. I am excited to try this and see if it tastes just as yummy. I am also going to try it with the sour cream to see if it makes the dip because I love that with carrots :) Thanks for the recipe!!! I am sure it will be as great as the taco seasoning which was a hit with the family :)

  10. says

    Homemade dressing sounds so good — good for the health AND the budget! The best part? All you need is a few drops of Sriracha sauce to make spicy ranch. I’d love to see recipes from you in the future for vinaigrettes or Thousand Island.

  11. says

    My oldest will only eat certain foods if he dips them in Ranch. I will make this homemade version and hopefully he will like it and I can save a few $$$.

  12. flutemom says

    for the dip, use the same quantities of spices, and add them to 16 oz sour cream, also add 3/4 t. salt. deliciously creamy!!

  13. MJ says

    Thank you SO MUCH. Can no longer eat the store ranch dressings, due to the MSG. Once I got Asthma that will really affect the asthma. Since then I’d also read about MSG causing weight gain and metabolic issues. So this was a LIFE SAVER for me!!!!!!!!

  14. Georgia says

    Do you know for a casserole recipe that calls for one package of dry ranch dressing mix, how much of this would I use?

  15. Emily says

    I found your ranch dressing mix on pinterest. I never looked at the ingredients to see that they put MSG in the seasonings and mixes. Thanks for giving us a homemade version that is better for us. :)

  16. says

    I have been looking for a homemade ranch salad dressing recipe! The premade ranch dressing from the store just never tastes as good. I’m going to give your recipe a try, thanks!

    • Sierra says

      Steve, if you multiply the recipe by 24, you’ll get just under a gallon. So use 8 cups of mayo (or Greek yogurt), 6 cups of milk (or buttermilk), and 1 1/2 cups seasoning mix (which is just under 8x the given recipe). This might not be QUITE a gallon, but it’s the closest easy conversion. Hope this helps!

  17. says

    My daughter cannot have dairy anymore but she loves ranch dressing. Just wondering if you could use nut milk in place of the milk. cashew milk, coconut milk, almond milk.

  18. Sharon Watson says

    Just started Pinterest this week and found this recipe and pinned it to my New things to try Board. Made the recipe today and it goes to my Favorite Foods and Drink Board. My comment had been about how my granddaughter Megan uses Ranch Dressing by the quart. She hasn’t tried it yet but it’s a genuine hit with the rest of the family. She’s so particular about Hidden Valley Brand we can’t even buy their lowfat variety. Thank you so much for this recipe! Even if we can’t substitute it for her, the rest of us love it. Now we’re going to try your taco mix! I’m the particular one there because I don’t care for chili powder. I’ll let you know how that comes out. Thanks again.

  19. Kara says

    Found this recipe from Pinterest and I’m so happy and impressed how well it turned out! I think I added a bit too much basil though….what herb should I/can I add to counteract that?

  20. Rachel says

    This is great. Instead of mayo or greek yogurt. Puree up some cottage cheese for a different healthy version

  21. shan says

    My family loves this mix. I blend cottage cheese until smooth, ad a dash of lemon juice, add the ranch mix, then thin with a little 1% milk. It was taste approved by my ranch addicted kids. :)

  22. Sherry Hill says

    Does the powdered buttermilk make the dressing less runny? I’ve tried making homemade ranch in the past, it’s just so runny.


  23. Mary says

    Thank you so much! I have many allergies and am always trying to find things without preservatives and additives!

  24. says

    Today I made this with a teaspoon of chicken boullion (you know the Knorr’s concentrate stuff), and a fresh jalapeno. Ran it through the blender and….PRESTO….makes some amazing dip or taco salad dressing.

    I’m especially fond of dill, so I tend to go heavier on it 😀

  25. Tina says

    I use a low fat cottage cheese and skim milk well blended with the above spices, that way I am also getting a little protein kick to my dressing :)


  1. […] I really like this seasoning! It was the first time I’d ever made it from scratch and it definitely added a “depth of flavor” to my tacos. (Is that a proper use of that cooking term? lol.  Sounded good to me). Bottom line: WAY better tasting than that stuff in the little packets I’ve been buying at the store all these years. Never knew what I was missing. Homemade Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix […]

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