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


  • 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 mayonaisse 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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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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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!


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


Michelle February 15, 2014 at 4:34 pm

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


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