This homemade ranch dressing mix with an ingredient list you can be proud of and can pronounce! Just blend with buttermilk!

I cannot tell you how long it’s been since I’ve bought one of those ranch seasoning packets.

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I swore of all the seasoning packets that contain MSG years ago.

Not only because there are additives and ingredients like maltodextrin and “spices” <—WHAT? but it’s just plain not good for me, so I don’t want it. But luckily there is a cheap and healthy alternative… make it yourself. Didn’t see that coming now did ya?

Pat and I are quite smitten with restaurant ranch dressing. It’s always perfectly thin, but not too thin and the way it coats those lettuce leaves… oh man *swoon*. He’s all “how do they make it so good?” and I’m all “I’m sure they use those msg-filled packets”. Then we stab a forkful of salad and ignore what I just said. Am I always such a downer?

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Might I say that this is close to restaurant style ranch? I might! I think it’s because I can thin it down with buttermilk until it’s just how we like it.

What I also like is that you can make your own ranch in minutes. Because I get it, most people don’t have fresh herbs on hand {or let’s be real, the time} to make fresh herbaceous ranch dressing at a moment’s notice. I keep a jar of this ranch dressing mix in the fridge and at the drop of a hat I can make a quick dip or dressing in no time.

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To start you’ll need some buttermilk powder. There are some all natural brands out there but I was just walking by it at the store and swiped this one up.

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Next, throw a cup of the buttermilk powder and 2 tablespoons of dried parsley flakes.

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Then measure and add 1 teaspoon of dried dill.

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Next, reserve 1/2 tablespoon of dried parsley and 1 teaspoon of dried dill.

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Then measure and add in 1-1/2 teaspoon of onion powder.

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Next add 1-1/2 teaspoon dried minced onions.

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Then 2-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder.

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And 1/2 teaspoon of paprika.

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Next measure and add 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne, for a little bit of kick. Add up it to 1/2 teaspoon for a more notable kick.

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Then 3/4 teaspoon of sugar…

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and 2-1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper. PHEW! Done.

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Hey, it’s spice-art {and I’m a huge dork}.

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Now just letttt heeeerrrr {him?} ripppppp. Blending the larger herbs and spices into the powder. Obviously.

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Then, because you need some larger specks of green in the dressing… throw in that reserved parsley and dill.

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Whisk to combine and that’s it! It can last in the fridge for 3 months {I bet longer} or in the freezer for 6-8 months.

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To use this ranch mix for salad dressing this is what you do; add a 1/2 cup of mayonnaise {homemade if you are feeling scratchy}…

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Add in a 1/2 cup of sour cream…

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Three tablespoons of the buttermilk ranch mix…

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Almost done…

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And add as much buttermilk as you want until it reaches a desired consistency. Now I know you’re thinking; buttermilk powder… why the buttermilk? Because regular whole milk just doesn’t do it quite right. It’s good… but not great.

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Whisk until the buttermilk becomes one with the ranch mix, sour cream and mayo. Boom. Insta-ranch.

Personally, I think you could serve this straight away. But like many things, it does get better with a little time in the old icebox.

So whether you’re making dip, dressing or adding it to burgers or meatloaf… it’s something to feel not-so guilty about. The benefits of having ranch on hand and knowing you’ll never have to buy store-bought packets-o-chemicals again is a win-win situation.

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You guys, today it’s going to be in the 80’s. I. Kid. You. Not. So I’m grilling up turkey burgers and a big fat salad and you-bet-your-buttons I’m pouring this heavenly dressing all over it… and a little on my salad too. Kidding.

Enjoy! And if you give this Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
Yield: About 1 cup

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade ranch dressing mix with an ingredient list you can be proud of!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

FOR THE BULK HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING PACKET MIX:

  • 1 cup dry buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons dried parsley, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill, divided
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

FOR BUTTERMILK DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons Homemade Ranch Dressing Packet Mix (above)
  • 2/3 to 1 cup of buttermilk

FOR A DIP:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Homemade Ranch Dressing Packet Mix (above)
  • buttermilk to thin out, as desired

Instructions

  1. In a small food processor or blender; measure and add in the dried buttermilk, 2 tablespoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried dill. Place the remaining 1/2 tablespoon parsley and 1 teaspoon dried dill and set off to the side.
  2. Measure and add in the onion powder, dried onion flakes, kosher salt, sugar, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Turn on the processor and let it run until all the spices are blended into the buttermilk powder.
  3. Transfer the ranch mix into a jar or container {that has a tight-fitting lid} and add in the reserved parsley and dill. Whisk to combine.
  4. Store in the fridge for 3-4 months or in the freezer for 6-8.

Notes

3 tablespoons of the ranch mix is equivalent to one packet.

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