Homemade Ranch Dressing: Dry Mix Recipe

Homemade Ranch Dressing: Dry Mix Recipe
I have to admit, I am a Hidden Valley Ranch kinda girl.
I love slathering my veggies with it’s yumminess.
Have you been to the store and bought some lately?
They are getting a little expensive,
so I have been experimenting with some homemade versions.
Sounds like a easy enough task, right?
I want something that has the same some-what thick consistency
 and yummy taste as my Hidden Valley Ranch.
After a lot of searching online, trial and error,
I think I finally have it,
or at least something that is close enough for my taste buds.
I took it to work earlier this week and everyone really liked it.
 I even have several people that want to buy the mix from me!  
Homemade Ranch Dressing: Dry Mix Recipe

 Homemade Ranch Dressing: Dry Mix Recipe

Here’s what you will need:

1/2 cup powdered Buttermilk
3 tablespoons dried Parsley
1 tablespoon dried Dill Weed
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
1 tablespoon Salt
1 1/2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
3/4 teaspoons Pepper
Combine in a food processor and blend into a powdery consistency.
Store in a container of choice.
To make ranch dressing:
Combine 1 tablespoon mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup milk.
 Mix with wire whisk. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
To make a ranch dip:
Combine 2 tablespoons mix with 1 cup sour cream. 
Mix with wire whisk. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.
I do recommend making the dressing up several hours or a day ahead, so that all the flavors have a chance to blend together. Also, if you want a thicker or thinner dressing just adjust the amount of milk that you add in.  Feel free to substitute yogurt, homemade mayo, or sour cream for the mayonnaise. You can also substitute soy milk or a different milk substitute for the milk.
I also wanted to mention something about the salt. Depending on what salt you use, it will change the flavor of the mix. If you use regular table salt, it gives it a more of a dill flavor, if you use sea salt it gives you a saltier taste. I like it both ways.
 (Most of the girls at work liked the sea salt, The Husband liked it with table salt.)Enjoy!

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  1. says

    I want to use this in place of the dry packets, avoiding the MSG. This looks like enough to equal 2 of those packets. Would you agree?

  2. says

    Hi Krista! The recipe equals several of the dry packages. I am at work right now, but when I get home I will look and see how many it equals for sure. It sure cost a lot less to make it yourself! I think I figured my cost to be around .25 to .30 cents per 2 tablespoons! Plus, like you said, no MSG. ~Robyn

  3. Carol in MS says

    Oh, boy! Am I happy to find the Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe! I haven’t seen anyone mention that the stuff in the store contains MSG. We haven’t bought or eaten ranch dressing in a very long time, and we really miss it. Thank you!

  4. says

    I was just curious, most of the other dry mix recipes use the same ingredients but they only use a teaspoon of each amount…I just wanted to make sure this was Tablespoon and not teaspoon…it just seems a little overpowering of the herbs. I need to find some sort of homemade dry mix to make today and just wanted your thoughts about the amounts T. or tsp.

    Thank you so much.

  5. says

    Yes, it is a Tablespoon. This gives it a much better flavor! I originally tried one of those other recipes that only called for a teaspoon and we found them to be blah. But everyone has different taste buds. I like lots of flavor in my ranch dressing.

    Make sure you use a food processor when you make up the dry mix. The ingredients won’t blend correctly if you don’t.

    Thanks for stopping by! ~Robyn

  6. Anonymous says

    What kind of powdered buttermilk do you use ? the kind I have has to be refrigerated after opening an is not shelf stable .

    • says

      Thanks for asking! I never noticed, but mine does say that too. Although, I have never kept it in the refrigerator! I haven’t had any problems with my dry mix not being refrigerated, but if you want to keep the dry mix in there, it should be fine. It may just harden up a bit.

      This may also depend on where you live. I live on the pacific coast, and we don’t get very many hot days here. I would think that the humidity, of where you live, could play a roll into whether you should keep it refrigerated or not.


  7. Anonymous says

    Made this today and it was delicious. I used kosher salt and I would say the dill was pretty prominent but still yummy. I added a tablespoon more mayo to thicken it up, and about a 1/2 tbsp more mix. It was great just like that, but then I went over the top and whisked in a pretty ripe avocado. Served it on a cobb salad for dinner. Daughter will be taking the left overs to dip carrots in for her lunch. She loved it! Thanks for the recipe!

    • says

      Oooh! Adding it to an avocado sounds delicious! I will have to remember to try that! One of the things I love about this recipe is that you can add as little or as much of the mix as you want to suit your taste buds!

  8. says

    This looks awesome! I LOVE ranch dressing, but cut it out of my diet to be a little healthier. I found a recipe on Pinterest that uses Greek yogurt and milk instead of mayo or sour cream. One packet of the mix and 1 c. of Greek yogurt and then a little milk to get the consistency you want. Like using mayo, its WAY better after it has set in the fridge for a bit. It’s the only way I make it now!

    • says

      Yes, that would be correct. The one thing I like about this recipe is that you can adjust it to your preference. Some people like it made with more of the seasoning mix, while other’s like it made with less!

      Here is what I like: For dressing: 1 cup Mayo, 1 tablespoon mix, and 1/2 cup milk. For a ranch dip: 1 cup sour cream and 2 tablespoons mix.

    • Robyn says

      You are very welcome! Thanks for leaving a comment. It’s sooo nice to hear that someone likes something I have posted. :o)

  9. Laura says

    Hi Robyn, I grew up in Canada but now I live in Australia. While I absolutely love it here, there are a few things I just cannot find. A good ranch dressing & powdered buttermilk are two of them! A decent bagel is another but I digress! Would plain powdered milk be ok in the mix, then use buttermilk instead of milk when making the dressing? Thanks :)

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  11. MJ says

    This is so much better than the bottled stuff. We like it thick so I use mayo and greek yogurt and just a splash of milk til I get the consistency I want. I also add in extra dill when I am making the actual dressing. Yum!!

  12. Lillian says

    Thanks! Will have to try this! I love to make taco soup and the recipe I have calls for ‘a packet of ranch dressing dry mix’ and I can’t find it anywhere in my grocery store anymore:( Maybe I won’t have to depend on that now that I have this recipe:)


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