This Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix has an ingredient list you can be proud of! Buttermilk powder is mixed with herbs and spices for a ranch dressing mix that will rival any packet. This recipe yields 1¼ cups or 10 (2 tablespoons) servings.
I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I’ve bought one of those ranch seasoning packets.
Years ago I swore off all types of seasoning packets, sadly including the beloved Hidden Valley Ranch ones. I made that decision, not only because of the additives and ingredients like maltodextrin and “spices” but mostly because it’s simply not good for me. Luckily for us there’s a cheap and healthy alternative called Making It Yourself! Have you heard of this?? 😉 You didn’t see that coming now did you?
With that said, our family is quite smitten with restaurant ranch dressing. It’s always perfectly thin, but not too thin and the way it coats those lettuce leaves is pure perfection. My family is all “how do they make it so good?” and I’m all “I’m sure they use those maltodextrin-filled packets”. Then we stab a forkful of salad and ignore what I just said. Am I always such a downer? Probably.
Dare I say this ranch seasoning is close to restaurant-style ranch? Yes, I might! I think it’s because I can thin it down with buttermilk until it’s just how we like it. Yes, typically when using powdered buttermilk, you can just add water. And I’m not saying you can’t, but I like the extra buttermilk flavor.
here’s what you need to make this homemade ranch dressing mix:
- powdered buttermilk
- parsley (dried)
- chives (dried)
- dill (dried)
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- dehydrated onion flakes
- kosher salt
- coarse freshly ground black pepper
To start you’ll need to add 1 cup powdered buttermilk to a mixing bowl.
Then measure and add 2-1/2 tablespoons (dried) parsley, 2 tablespoons (dried) chives, 2 teaspoons (dried) dill, 2-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder, 1-1/2 teaspoons dehydrated onion flakes, 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon coarse freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.
In the past, I would make this and add some of the ingredients into a mini food processor and blend them a little before adding the rest. Yeah. That was too much work. Now I just measure it all into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine because it saves a BUNCH of time and less things to wash.
Whisk to combine and that’s it!
How much Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix equals 1 envelope of store-bought?
You only need 2 tablespoons of this homemade blend to equal 1 envelope. However feel free to add more to your recuse for a zippier dip or dressing.
Next just store it in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate for up to 12 months!
I really love is that homemade ranch can be made in minutes. Most people don’t have fresh herbs on hand just to make fresh herbaceous ranch dressing at a moment’s notice. That’s why keeping a jar of this ranch dressing mix in the fridge is so brilliant! Now you can whip up a homemade ranch dressing or dip at the drop of a hat.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
FOR THE BULK HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING PACKET MIX:
- 1 cup dry buttermilk
- 2½ tablespoons dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons dried chives
- 2 teaspoons dried dill
- 2½ teaspoons garlic powder
- 1½ teaspoons onion powder
- 1½ teaspoons dried onion flakes
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
FOR BUTTERMILK DRESSING:
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream, or plain nonfat greek yogurt (see notes)
- 3 tablespoons Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
- 2/3 to 1 cup buttermilk, or water, to thin out as desired
FOR A DIP:
- 1 cup sour cream, or plain nonfat greek yogurt (see notes)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
- buttermilk, to thin out as desired
- In a mixing bowl; measure and add in the dried buttermilk with all the spices, whisking to combine.
- Transfer the ranch mix into a jar or container that has a tight-fitting lid.
- Store in the fridge for up to 12 months.
- 2 tablespoons of the ranch mix is equivalent to one packet.
- The nutritional information is for the ranch dressing mix and DOES NOT include the dip or dressing recipes.
- Try making the dip using plain nonfat greek yogurt by combining 3/4 cup yogurt plus 1/4 cup mayo to balance the tanginess.
- It's always to make ranch dressing and ranch dip a few hours in advance to allow the flavors to develop.
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