Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix |

If you made buffalo chicken dip for Thanksgiving, like me, and you had already been to the store 17 times, like me, you probably did not want to go to the store for an 18th time for ranch seasoning mix.  Yes?

In case you didn’t find yourself in those shoes, let me tell you that I did not want to go to the store again.  I do love the grocery store but on the eve of Thanksgiving, not so much.  What I do love is when I can pull a few spices from my spice cabinet, stir them together and create a very similarly tasting combination of flavors.I have made a few of my own spice mixtures before (like pumpkin pie spice and taco/chili seasoning) and I love the idea of having these on hand all the time.  I love that I don’t have to worry about preservatives and mostly I love them because they are cheap, cheap, cheap.  They store easily and I’ve never been able to tell a difference.

Yes, you are right, I don’t even like ranch dressing.  But, I do like the flavors in many soups and dips and this homemade ranch seasoning mix is perfect to have on hand.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

Yield: 3 Tablespoons (about 2 packets)

A simple recipe for homemade ranch seasoning mix, perfect for recipes, or for homemade ranch dressing.


2 Tbs. dried parsley
2 tsp. dried dill
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. dried chives
Small pinch of salt


Mix all together and store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.

To make ranch dressing: mix 1 tablespoon of the mix with 1/3 cup mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt) and 1/4 cup milk and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use; will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

One recipe of this seasoning mix equals about two packets of store-bought seasoning mix.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix


49 Responses to “Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix”

  1. #
    Shannon — December 5, 2012 @ 6:38 am

    Such a good idea to make this at homemade! I always feel ripped off when I buy it in the store.

  2. #
    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — December 5, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    I am SO glad you posted this! We use ranch powder like it is going out of style (in chicken finger batter, for potato chips, in mashed potatoes). But I hate buying it… So I’m super excited about this recipe!

  3. #
    DessertForTwo — December 5, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    My favorite seasoning! Ever made burgers with it? 🙂

  4. #
    Aggie — December 5, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    I need this recipe!! I’m like that too, always out of ranch when I need it. Would so much rather have this around than the pre packaged stuff.

  5. #
    JulieD — December 5, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    I love this, Cassie!! What a great idea!!

  6. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 5, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    I don’t like dressing either (of any kind) so I’m intrigued that you also don’t like ranch dressing and still like this. I’ll have to think of what to do with it! And I love pre-made mixes like this. So much cheaper. 🙂

  7. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — December 5, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    Girl I love ranch. I could eat ranch on everything 🙂 Love the homemade mix idea. But really, I love all dips and spreads and condiments in abundance!

  8. #
    Shaina — December 5, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I love homemade ranch. It is so much better than the bottled. Plus, you can add it to other things, not just to make salad dressing. Yum.

  9. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 5, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    I can’t believe you don’t like ranch dressing! I think I’m addicted to it… love it on pizza, sandwiches, salads……

  10. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — December 5, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    Ah, ha! I wondered what was in those magical packets. Love this added to spinach dips. Thanks for unlocking the secret ingredients for us.

  11. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — December 5, 2012 @ 11:37 am

    What a lovely, lovely thing, Cassie! I’m always on the prowl for interesting and different homemade gifts – this one is a homerun. Who wouldn’t want to receive a jar of homemade Ranch Dressing mix? No one I’m friends with… 🙂

  12. #
    Denise — December 5, 2012 @ 11:44 am

    Making your own mix is a great idea! I think it is healthier, too! I hope you enjoyed your thanksgiving festivities, besides the running to the store 🙂

  13. #
    Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas — December 5, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE homemade versions of storebought things like this. Awesome!

  14. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — December 5, 2012 @ 12:25 pm

    This is an awesome idea, Cassie! I’ve never really liked bottled ranch, but I’m so in for making my own!

  15. #
    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction — December 5, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    What a great idea! Now I don’t need to make those last minute trips to the store!

  16. #
    Angie — December 5, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    Wow, this would save us alot of money, love it!

  17. #
    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health — December 5, 2012 @ 2:02 pm

    such a great idea for a dressing. cheap, no preservatives and could customize with yogurt. absolutely love it!

  18. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 5, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    Such a great idea, I love this blend of spices!

  19. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — December 5, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    I dont like ranch dressing either.. but sometimes its completely necessary. I love just having the seasoning blend..thank you!

  20. #
    katie — December 5, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    This is genius my friend! I love when I can make my own!!!

  21. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 5, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    I had no idea ranch seasoning mix was this easy to make! You just saved me a trip to the grocery store so thank you! 🙂

  22. #
    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — December 5, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    I have the most giant jar of dried parsley and I’ve been wondering how to use it up. If I make lots and lots of ranch dip mix I may make a dent in it.
    P.S. This makes a great gift too!

  23. #
    Rachel {Studio Cuisine} — December 5, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Love this take on ranch mix! Recipes with ingredients I can pronounce and replace processed versions are my absolute FAVORITE!

  24. #
    Tracey — December 5, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    I love this Cassie – you’re so resourceful! Next time I make buffalo anything and am wishing I had ranch dressing for dipping I know where to turn 🙂

  25. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — December 5, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    This is a great recipe to keep on hand. Plus, I love the idea of mixing this with Greek yogurt to make a healthier ranch dressing!

  26. #
    Aly — December 6, 2012 @ 3:02 am

    Oh yay! No weird stuff in it, and I can make some of the old recipes where I used to use ranch mix! I feel bad making them now because I know what is in the store mixes. 🙁

  27. #
    Kathryn — December 6, 2012 @ 3:57 am

    Such a great combination of herbs and flavours, I can imagine sing this all the time in the kitchen!

  28. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — December 6, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Love this combination! I need to make a batch of this to keep on hand!

  29. #
    Carla @ Carlas Confections — December 6, 2012 @ 11:56 am

    Looks awesome! I love how cheap it is too, and its easier than making ranch dressing totally from scratch, although I do love doing that 🙂

  30. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — December 6, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    Perfect! My girls love to measure out mixes from the spice drawer. AND they LOVE ranch dressing. I’m printing this off for them! 🙂

  31. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 6, 2012 @ 9:50 pm

    I will be doing this asap! Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 7, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    I’m compiling some homemade gift ideas for a round-up post I’m going to do this month and I’m definitely going to include this! My husband’s family loves all these dip & dressing mixes. 🙂

  33. #
    Deborah — December 7, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    This is something that has been on my list to make – I’m definitely going to be using your recipe!! I have several recipes that use the packaged stuff, but this is so much easier since I have all the spices!

  34. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 7, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    I prefer the homemade route any day!

  35. #
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — February 26, 2013 @ 8:52 am

    Hey!!! You just saved me a trip out on a rainy day with this!! Thaaaaank you 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — February 26th, 2013 @ 7:24 pm

      Yay!! I’m so glad to hear that! 🙂 C.

  36. #
    Katie — August 28, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    Thanks so so much for sharing this! I’ve been wanting a DIY ranch dressing mix for a while, and finally got around to making this today. I doubled the recipe so I’d have some extra on hand. I also reposted on my blog the recipe, linking back to your post. Thanks for sharing!

  37. #
    Samantha Ruch — October 9, 2013 @ 6:43 pm

    Sorry This is not ranch dressing. It tasted nothing like ranch dressing. Threw it out after I made it. If you want ranch dressing, do not make this.


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