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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is so easy to make. It adds instant flavor to some of your favorite dishes. Skip the store-bought packet and make your own homemade ranch mix.

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This Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix Recipe is easy to make and tastes great. When I found out I needed to stop eating gluten the hardest part was the ranch seasoning packets. Apparently I use them a lot in my cooking.

Homemade Seasoning Recipes save me time and money. I like to be able to change the ingredients to what I prefer and I know exactly what I am adding. Make sure to also check out my Homemade Lawry’s Seasoned Salt Recipe.

What is Buttermilk Powder?

Dry Buttermilk Powder may just end up being your best kept secret ingredient for dry ranch seasoning mix. Once you start using it, you won’t be able to stop.  It definitely helps make the best ranch dressing mix. It makes it so creamy.

Buttermilk powder is made by dehydrating what remains after churning butter. The result is powdered milk, that when it is combined with water creates a creamy liquid that is perfect for cooking with.

You can find buttermilk powder in most grocery stores in the baking aisle. Since it is dried, it has a much longer shelf life than buttermilk.


Ingredients needed to make this homemade ranch seasoning mix - buttermilk powder, parsley, garlic salt, onion powder, dried chives, salt and pepper
  • Buttermilk powder  (can also find in a local grocery store baking aisle)
  • Dried Parsley
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Powder
  • Dried Chives
  • Salt and Black Pepper

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.

Seasoning Variations

The great thing about this Homemade Ranch Seasoning is you can change the spices. Here are some easy additions or substitutions.

  • Teaspoon Dried Dill Weed
  • Garlic Powder
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Add in Fresh Herbs

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

  • Step 1 – Mix all the ingredients together including the garlic powder and onion powder. For easy storage, I like to use a mason jar.
All the ingredients in a large bowl ready to be mixed together with a whisk in the background.
  • Step 2 – To get a smoother texture I recommend pulsing it into a food processor to make it smooth. This mini food processor is perfect for this.

How to make Homemade Ranch Dressing

If your family is like mine ranch salad dressing is a pantry staple.

  • Step 1 – You can easily make your own buttermilk ranch dressing. Mix 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning mix, ½ cup milk, and ½ cup mayonnaise.
The ingredients needed to make this recipe mixed together in a large bowl with the whisk still in the bowl.
  • Step 2 – Mix well and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to allow it to thicken. If you prefer a thinner dressing, just add additional milk until you reach the desired consistency.
A jar of the ranch seasoning mix nex to a salad with a tablespoon of the mix next to it as well.

How to Make Ranch Dip

Ranch dip is essential for every vegetable tray.

  • Step 1 – To make your own ranch dip, simply combine 1 tablespoon of homemade ranch mix with ¾ cup mayo and ¾ cup sour cream.
  • Step 2 – Once combined add 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice. The more lemon juice you add, the more tangy of dip you will have. You can omit the lemon juice or use vinegar if you prefer.

Also, if you want a lower fat version you can substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream.

A close up of the ranch seasoning mix in a Tablespoon laying on a counter next to a jar of the ranch seasoning mix.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute Ranch Dip Mix for Dressing Mix?

Yes! The seasoning mix is basically the same, the only difference between ranch dip and ranch dressing is what is mixed with and the thickness.
Ranch dip has mayonnaise with sour cream or yogurt while ranch dressing has milk and mayonnaise.

How to Store Leftovers

Store homemade ranch seasoning recipe in an airtight container such as a mason jar.

How Much Does this Dry Ranch Dressing Mix Make

This recipe makes 1 cup of a mix.  I generally use 2 tablespoons of homemade ranch dressing mix to replace  1 grocery store packet.

More Homemade Seasonings

If you love making homemade seasoning, this ranch seasoning recipe is for you. Try it and leave a comment to let us know how you liked it.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

4.97 from 29 votes
Try this Homemade ranch dressing mix recipe today! This easy and gluten free homemade ranch dip mix can replace any store bought ranch mix!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Mixes and Seasonings
Calories 51



  • Mix all the ingredients together. I placed mine in a mason jar.
  • Then stir or shake together.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container. I used a mason jar.
  • To get a smoother texture I recommend pulsing it into a food processor to make it smooth.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes approximately 1 ½ cup of ranch dressing seasoning mix. Use 2 tablespoons of Homemade ranch dressing mix to replace 1 packet. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 51kcal, Carbohydrates 7g, Protein 4g, Fat 1g, Saturated Fat 1g, Cholesterol 7mg, Sodium 1801mg, Potassium 242mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 1156IU, Vitamin C 13mg, Calcium 146mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Is the comparison of using homemade to store bought, 2Tbl of homemade to a whole packet store bought,to use in recipes? Or is it 2 Tbl homemade to 2 Tbl out of a whole packet of store bought? I’m so confused, please help me, thanks.

  2. I’m so confused!! I’m trying to watch my carbs. On the Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix recipe. Is the 7 gr. of carbs for the whole cup or per serving?
    On my store bought dressing it says 1 gr for 1/4 tsp and it states 3 TBSP equals 1 packet.

  3. Yes, 2 Tbsp is the right amount for the crock pot pork recipe and yes, this can be used to make a salad dressing. I have outlined the instructions in the post on how to make a dressing from this mix. Thank you!

  4. I will refrigerate as it says to on the container. You say this makes 2 cup? When finishing this recipe it makes like two cups dry. Can this be used as a salad dressing? Thanks I’m trying this today on your crock pot pork chop recipe. Is two tablespoons the right amount?

  5. Some buttermilks so to refrigerate and some do not. Since the one you used does, than we would recommend keeping in the refrigerator. Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    I love making this mix. However, the Saco Cultured Buttermilk Blend container says to refrigerate once opened. So once you mix it with the other spices, do you refrigerate it? If you said to do this, I missed it!

  7. If the buttermilk powder you use to make it says to refrigerate, then yes, I would refrigerate it. Some powder mixes requires it and some does not. Thanks.

  8. Question: the buttermilk powder container says to refrigerate. Day o you refrigerate the mix?

  9. Just made up the mix and used it to make dressing. Best ranch dressing I’ve ever made! Thx for the recipe. ?

  10. Can I replace the garlic salt with garlic powder? Or would it alter the takes to not have the salt ?

  11. Debbie – I’m not sure. I use this for seasonings in my recipes. I haven’t made ranch dressing from this before. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out. Thank you.

  12. 4 stars
    Can I make this without the milk, and use Lactaid free milk to make salad dressing.

  13. Megan – I haven’t made the liquid dressing before. I usually just use this recipe for seasonings on other recipes. Thanks.

  14. Yes, the nutrition facts is for 1 serving size which is the 2 tbsp to replace the packet. Thank you!

  15. 5 stars
    On the Nutrition Facts–is that for the 1 cup this Ranch Dressing Mix recipe makes or for the 2 tbsp. that it takes to make a packet? Thank you!!

  16. I use this instead of the ranch seasoning packets. I usually mix with water when cooking with this. Thank you!

  17. 5 stars
    OMGosh!!! You have to eat gluten free too?!?!? Just when I thought I couldn’t love you anymore! My daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2010 & I was diagnosed in 2012. Do you use Gluten Free foods when you cook in your videos? If you don’t mind me asking do you have Celiac also or another reason to eat gluten free?

  18. Chandra – I use this in my recipes that usually call for a ranch mix packet. Thank you 🙂

  19. What do you mix the dry ingredients with when you say you use 2 tablespoons of the mix?