Homemade Ranch Dressing & Seasoning Mix

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This Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is lightyears better than anything you can get from the store! The best part is it has no additives, preservatives, or mystery ingredients. Store it in a mason jar in the refrigerator, and it will last for months!

Why You’ll Love This Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe

Versatile Recipe. It’s a versatile spice mix that is an excellent pantry staple for ranch lovers

Real Ingredients. This homemade mix uses simple ingredients without the preservatives and artificial ingredients of the packet of ranch dressing mix you get at the store.

Crowd-Pleaser. Creamy ranch dressing is probably the most popular dressing – definitely in the top three! So, it’s a great seasoning mix to keep around.

This dry ranch mix is made with simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store. The secret ingredient that really takes this spice mix over the top is buttermilk powder!

Use this tasty seasoning to add flavor to grilled or fried chicken, make the perfect dip for vegetables, or boost the taste of all kinds of recipes!

Ingredients for homemade ranch seasoning mix on a table.

Ingredient Notes

  • Dried buttermilk | Buttermilk is a key ingredient in the best ranch salad dressing recipes, giving it a creamy tang. You can find powdered buttermilk in the baking aisle, near the condensed and powdered milk.
  • Parsley | Dried parsley brings a peppery flavor with a hint of earthiness. 
  • Dill | Dried dill adds a citrus-like taste, enhancing the freshness of the ranch mix.
  • Garlic powder | Garlic powder gives the seasoning mix notes of spice and loads of flavor.
  • Onion powder | Add a bit of sweetness with onion powder.
  • Salt and pepper | Round out all the flavors with the classics – kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

How to make Dry Ranch Mix Seasoning Blend

Who knew it was so easy to make dried ranch dressing mix? Using seasonings you already have at home, make this delicious blend whenever needed!

STEP 1 | Combine ingredients

All you need to do is measure all ingredients in a small bowl and stir them well to combine. 

Ingredients for ranch mix in a bowl on a table.

STEP 2 | Store for later!

Then, store the ranch dressing mix in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and it will keep for several months. Or use fresh and enjoy!

Combining ingredients for seasoning mix with a fork.

Tips from the Home Chef’s Kitchen

Once opened, dried buttermilk powder should be refrigerated to ensure freshness. 

Think outside the normal recipe card and add this mix to all kinds of recipes for added flavor!

For more versatile homemade seasoning blends, try my easy Salmon Dry Rub, classic Taco Seasoning, Italian Seasoning Substitute, and my Better-Than-Montreal Steak SeasoningIt’s delish!

Variations and Substitutions

  • Low Sodium Ranch Seasoning. Reduce the salt to make this a low-sodium blend.
  • Spicy Ranch Mix. Add cayenne pepper for some heat!
  • Cheesy Ranch Seasoning. Add parmesan cheese to the blend for a cheesy twist. 
  • Other recipes include dried onion flakes, dried chives, mustard powder, tarragon, or sugar. So, feel free to add your favorites.
A spoon in a bowl of ranch dressing mix on a table.

Storage Tips

  • Store the seasoning mix in an airtight container, like a mason jar or large spice jar, in the refrigerator for 1-2 months.
  • Without the buttermilk powder, you can store it in a cool, dry place, like your spice cabinet or pantry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use fresh herbs for ranch seasoning?

You can add fresh herbs to enhance the flavor when you use the seasoning mix to make ranch dressing, dip, or add it to a recipe. Otherwise, the fresh herbs mixed with the rest of the recipe may go bad quicker than the other ranch seasoning ingredients and make the blend store much shorter.

How is ranch made from scratch?

To make ranch salad dressing with the seasoning mix, whisk together the blend, a cup mayonnaise, cup of sour cream, and a splash of apple cider vinegar (if preferred). If you didn’t add the powdered buttermilk, also add a cup of buttermilk.

Is ranch seasoning mix the same as ranch dip mix?

Ranch seasoning and ranch dip mix are the same. You can add sour cream or Greek yogurt to make it a dip or use it to season baked chicken or another dish.

How do restaurants make ranch so good?

Restaurants make their ranch extra flavorful with fresh herbs and buttermilk. The tangy buttermilk makes all the difference, deepening the taste. And the herbs bring fresh flavor.

Looking for more Homemade Dressings?

Homemade salad dressings are easier to make than you may think! Try my Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing, Spinach Salad Dressing with Dijon mustard, BBQ Ranch Dressing that doubles as a dipping sauce, and Greek Salad Dressing Recipe.

Serving Suggestions

Mix with sour cream or plain yogurt to make a homemade ranch dip to serve with fresh veggies, like carrot sticks and celery, or sprinkle on top of french fries with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Yum!

Ranch dressing mix in a crockpot with pork roast to make Mississippi Pot Roast with pepperoncinis.

You can also add it to tons of tasty recipes, like my Mississippi Pot Roast (pictured above) and Shepherd’s Pie with Chicken.

This ranch mix is the perfect way to skip the packet of dressing mix and still have an easy-to-use addition to your crockpot meals! It really couldn’t be any easier!

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Dry ranch dressing mix in a bowl with a spoon on a table.

Ranch Dressing and Seasoning Mix

Simply add spices like onion powder, garlic powder, and parsley, and this Homemade Ranch Dressing & Seasoning Mix is lightyears better than anything you can get from the store!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Condiments & Sauces
Cuisine American
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Instructions
 

  • Measure all ingredients out into a small bowl. Stir well to combine. 
  • Store the ranch dressing mix in an airtight container in the refrigerator and it will keep for several months.

Notes

  • Dried buttermilk, once opened, should be refrigerated to ensure freshness. Store this dry mix in an airtight container in the refrigerator, and it will last for 1-2 months.
  • Low Sodium Ranch Seasoning. Reduce the salt to make this a low-sodium blend.
  • Spicy Ranch Mix. Add cayenne pepper for some heat!
  • Cheesy Ranch Seasoning. Add parmesan cheese to the blend for a cheesy twist. 
  • Other recipes include dried onion flakes, dried chives, mustard powder, tarragon, or sugar. So, feel free to add your favorites.

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword dried buttermilk, dried herbs, ranch dressing, ranch seasoning, seasoning blend
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