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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix – Kitchen Shortcut

Posted By Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom On April 14, 2011 @ 9:00 am In Feature,Homemade,How To,Kitchen Shortcut,Pantry Staples,Recipes | 187 Comments

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I love, love, love my homemade taco seasoning mix [4]. 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 [5]!).  And while I love my vinaigrettes, I also like variety.  I’ve been craving ranch dressing lately and much prefer this homemade version [6].  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!

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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[7] Homemade Lemon Pepper Seasoning: http://www.simplyscratch.com/2010/11/homemade-lemon-pepper-seasoning.html

[8] Homemade Seasoning Salt : http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2010/07/how-to-make-seasoning-salt.html

[9] Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice: http://www.5dollardinners.com/2011/10/erins-homemade-pumpkin-pie-spice.html

[10] Homemade Apple Pie Spice: http://www.5dollardinners.com/2011/10/homemade-apple-pie-spice.html

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