Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix – Kitchen Shortcut

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 14, 2011

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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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Morgan April 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

How does a serving of this (1 tbsp) compare to a ranch dressing packet you would buy at the store? If a recipe calls for a packet of ranch dressing mix, how much of this homemade seasoning should I use? Thanks!

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Bekah April 19, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I think it’s four. You can Google it though.

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Lisa November 15, 2012 at 5:18 pm

You think it’s four what? You need 4 tbsp Of this mix to equal one packet? Can anyone clarify?

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Amanda November 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

I dont know if this helps u but a package of. Ranch seasoning has 3 Tbsp iin. It so try. that

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Ellen April 21, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I was looking today and it said that the packet had 16 1/2 tsp servings, so 8 tsp would be 2 2/3 TBSP.

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Ashley April 22, 2012 at 8:39 pm

I was wondering, any ideas on how to turn this into a dip recipe? Perhaps just add a 16 oz. container of sour cream to maybe 2 2/3 tbsp?

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marylu September 2, 2012 at 11:51 am

I’ve used this to make some dip for a party… i prepared a large quantity though… what i used was half the recipe of mentioned above, 16oz sour cream, 12oz mayo, and some salt if needed… everyone started asking where i got it from… it was an spectacular success

greetings from México!

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Michele April 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

There is no salt in this? Would you need to add salt when you mixed it up? Regular ranch has a load of salt.

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Michele April 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

Oh duh! I see it in the directions now. I am such a dweeb.

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Deb Cee April 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

Thank YOU !!

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Kate June 4, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Thanks for this! I’d actually sub buttermilk for the milk, because that’s what a traditional Ranch Dressing has…but I’m curious if those packets have powdered buttermilk in them at all? I would assume that white powdery substance is dried buttermilk powder, or, in more recent packaging, dried milk powder. It would be an easy addition to add a bit of dried buttermilk powder to this blend to give it that characteristic buttermilk tang.

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Kim Hopkins June 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Thanks I love Ranch and have recently been diagnosed with a Milk allergy, this will come in handy!

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Angelique September 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Hey Kim, So Delicious makes a cultured coconut milk that has absolutely no dairy. Totally works like buttermilk!

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Erica June 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Bought a packet of this yesterday! Butermilk is 2nd ingredient

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Erica June 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Bought a packet of this yesterday! Buttermilk is 2nd ingredient

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Annette June 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Thanks so much!!! My husband is allergic to garlic, but likes ranch dressing, so I am going to try this recipe and leave out the garlic for him

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Sarah E. June 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I love this shortcut and use it all the time :)
Thank you for sharing!

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Darcy June 30, 2012 at 12:41 am

You can add 1 Tbsp to 1/3 c. greek yogurt and 1/4 c. buttermilk to make a No mayo version of Buttermilk Ranch Dressing – healthy alternative :) Also use 1 1/2-2 Tbsp to 8 oz low or non-fat Sour Cream for a great dip!

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charlotte July 16, 2012 at 12:29 am

well it 1222 am and im dying for a snack ,,but whats good and light? oh yea a cucumber,,,but dang no dressing,,or dip,,,so,,i made this,,OMG!! i will never buy ranch again,,this is WONDERFUL! i did use whole mik and i did add ground celery seeds but oh my god it was good!! thank you so much~~!!!

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Sarah July 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

According to Saveur, the original Ranch has garlic powder, onion powder, chives and parsley. Mix with sour cream and mayo. You can google it. But there’s no dill or basil. Or pepper, I think. I’m sure this will taste good. But not really like Ranch, if you ask me.

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Hollie July 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Awesome, I love dips from scratch, so much better and none of the added salt, chemicals and preservatives that you find in the store bought kind. I love buttermilk in dressings, so I am going to substitute that for the regular milk.

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Jennie July 30, 2012 at 8:50 pm

I only added about 2T milk, and no salt. *Delicious.* Thank you so much! I’ll definitely be making this again.

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Christal B August 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I wonder if I can use this without adding anything else to Taco Soup? Normally I add one Packet to the soup.

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Jennifer August 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I tried this today with plain greek yogurt for a healthier, cheaper version of ranch and was pretty disappointed. When I’ve made it before using the store bought ranch packet it was delicious but this spice mix didn’t add a lot of flavor, was a little too chunky (parsley not fine enough), and basically just tasted like seasoned yogurt. I’ll be sticking with store bought packets.

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Becky December 13, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Jennifer, when I made the dry mix, I used my spice grinder to make it more powder-like. I actually found the flavor overpowering when I made it into a veggie dip. I think that I did something wrong. Anyway, next time I will add chives to it and decrease the dill.

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Sara August 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Thank you for posting this! I have several recipes that I would love to try that call for Ranch powder but have not been able to try them because my husband is allergic to corn in all forms. The packaged stuff is loaded with maltodextrin which is derived from corn. I will use this mix as a substitute from now on. Thanks!

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Addie September 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

So the ranch mix would be equivalent to two packs from the store? What abou the other mixes?

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Christine September 8, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this! I love ranch and now I can’t eat ranch because MSG is in anything ranch flavored. Thank you so much! now I can eat ranch again!

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Gabrielle September 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Please answer previous question
“I wonder if I can use this without adding anything else to Taco Soup? Normally I add one Packet to the soup.”

I am English and can’t just pop to the shop for a packet mix but have a great recipe for taco soup that has pkt ranch salad dressing mix and pkt taco seasoning (any recipes for this!)

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Joyce October 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

taco seasoning mix : 1 tablespoon chili powder – 2 teaspoons onion powder – 1 teaspoon ground cumin – 1 teaspoon garlic powder – 1 teaspoon paprika – 1 teaspoon powder sugar – 1/2 teaspoon salt. Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Makes 3 tablespoons of seasoning mix which is equal to 1/4 ounce package of commerical seasoning mix. P.S. cooks.com also has wonderful recipes for chili seasoning mix. I have tried them and they are very good. I don’t buy the packaged seasoning any more cause they bother my stomach. My son won’t eat the packaged stuff either since i switched over to making my own

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Kim February 14, 2013 at 9:44 am

She’s not asking for a taco seasoning recipe; she’s asking if the ranch mix works like a seasoning packet if she were to put it in her taco soup. I have the same question. Gabrielle, the only thing I would say is to give it a shot. Some other commenters seem to think that you would need to add powdered milk or powdered buttermilk. I think when I try it I’ll do that.

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Julie October 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

If you’re vegan or sensitive to milk, you can make a killer dip using cashews. Just soak raw cashews in water overnight, then purée in the food processor. Add this seasoning (and a little water to thin, if necessary), and you’ve got an amazing rich dairy-free ranch! My Texan ranch-loving friends didn’t notice a difference!

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Julie October 6, 2012 at 11:56 am

If you’re vegan or sensitive to milk, you can make a killer dip using cashews. Just soak raw cashews in water overnight, then purée in the food processor. Add this seasoning (and a little water to thin, if necessary), and you’ve got an amazing rich dairy-free ranch! My Texan ranch-loving friends didn’t notice a difference!

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Beth October 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Where can you buy raw cashews?

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Linda November 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Beth, You can get raw cashews online or at Whole Foods Market. WFM has them usually in bulk bins as well, so you can get scoop out a cup or so if that is all you need. So much cheaper that way.

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Tawny November 3, 2012 at 1:08 am

I love your recipes!
I just bought pumpkin pie spice tonight. I’m taking it back since I have all the spices and lots of them to make the pps.
Also, I’ve been looking everywhere for a ranch dressing since I’m now allergic to milk, egg, and soy; I haven’t been able to find one that didn’t have any of these ingredients. So now I can make this with coconut or almond milk. Thank you.

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Anne January 8, 2013 at 9:34 am

If you like a little tangy taste for salads and veggie dip add a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar to the finished product. I just use the red colored, and my dressing is still white, but it’s available in white as well.

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Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 8, 2013 at 10:04 am

Great idea Anne…love the tangy flavor of balsamic! Will try this soon!

~ Erin

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marcus January 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I was able to substitute greek yogurt for mayo, it was great!

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Becky Taylor January 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

I’d like the homemade ranch dressing recipe, but it’s not letting me see the recipe.

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Tammy Poretti January 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm

love your ideas they are tried and true. Thank you

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Letitia January 28, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I’ve been wanting to make try this for a while and I finally did. It’s fantastic! I used buttermilk and mayo. I thought that I’d need to add salt, because I like things salty, but I didn’t need to add any. I think I’ll only use 2 TBSP of buttermilk the next time I make this, since it was a little thin. My daughter thought it had a little too much pepper, but my son and I liked it as is. Thanks for sharing!!

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Laura January 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about what to replace the basil with or should I just leave it out? I am allergic to basil. I am also allergic to black pepper (figure I would just omit it) and will have to use greek yogurt b/c mayo has eggs. Yes..allergic to those too.

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Lisa March 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

You could try marjoram in place of basil. The flavor is milder than basil, so you might want to try increasing the amount just a little or add in chives.

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Becky July 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Laura, i’m a vegan so i avoid eggs and have had awesome success with egg-free mayo like Vegenaise or Earth Balance brand. i use them for pasta salads, sandwiches, potato salads, etc. and they are very tasty! :)

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Heather September 18, 2014 at 2:25 pm

My daughter is also allergic to eggs. We use Vegenaise. It is also free from milk, gluten, and other allergens. They have a few different varieties. The one we use is Grapeseed Oil and is very good. This variety has soy but this company also has a soy-free version. Yum!

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Ri February 10, 2013 at 8:08 pm

why can’t i see this recipe?

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Jo Spinks February 16, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Very awesome!!

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Amanda March 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I have used this recipe so many time in so many dishes. I’ve made ranch almond flour crackers, ranch chicken, ranch dressing, etc. This has to be one of my most used recipes, your spice mix is perfect!

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amanda March 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm

i tried to read your site for the dressing mixes but only the pictures show up when i reload it shows the recipe for a brief second.

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Jamie May 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Thank you for posting these for those of us who are trying to save money AND find healthy alternatives for our families. I just made this to go along with some chicken wings I have in the oven. I’m trying to cut out all msg (still learning about ALL of the ways companies sneak it into their products), so this was a great find! I love the taste, but next time I think I’ll try putting the dill and parsley into my blender. It sort of feels like I’m eating ranch-flavored paper. I’m sure my hubby won’t even notice. :)

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Sher May 15, 2013 at 7:49 am

Tfs! The packets always have onion powder in them and I can’t have onions. This is the perfect solution!!

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Margaret July 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Thank you so much for this recipe! We are trying to avoid MSG and I was so frustrated to find that all of the ranch dressings in our grocery stores contain it… So glad I will be able to make my own!

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Christi July 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I loved your recipe, I used it for my cilantro-lime ranch dressing!

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Danielle October 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for this idea! I have been looking for something close to ranch seasonings, since the Hidden Valley packets can seem pricey at the grocery store. I’ll give this a try with sour cream for dip, and see how it turns out!

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Shelly February 1, 2014 at 1:57 pm

My suggestion would be to leave out the dill. IMO, it makes it very salty tasting. Without the dill, it’s fantabulous and oh so much cheaper than HVR!

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Dena February 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

so how does this compare in measurement to a packet of ranch? I’m wondering how many tablespoons are in a packet for when i use a packet for cheeseballs? Does anyone know? thanks

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Michelle February 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I believe a 1 oz. packet is equivalent to 3 Tbsp.

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Jenni July 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm

This is a great mix! Best I have ever tried. Thanks for posting it!

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Carolann July 28, 2014 at 10:36 am

Hi, I enjoyed reading this blog. I just wanted to pass this on to you so you don’t feel like you have to re-invent the wheel developing recipes for your mixes and spice blends. There are a couple of books out there with great recipes. I particularly like the series “Make a MIx” by the “Mix Ladies” (Eliason, Harward and Westover).

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Mary September 20, 2014 at 7:35 am

Would this work as well as the store mix in hamburgers? I do that & my kids love them!

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Jenn K September 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Yes, this would be very similar and tasty!

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Loy April 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm

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.

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Michelle S April 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thanks! Hoping to make some this weekend!

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