Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

I Love having Ranch Dressing Mix on hand, but the homemade version is SO much better and is so much better for you as far as ingredients go. I LOVE knowing what is going into my foods.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix... this is SO simple, so easy to make and is GREAT to have on hand! It tastes so much better homemade!

Today, I am sharing 2 ways to make Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix. One recipe comes from my grandma’s recipe book she gave me (the one without powdered buttermilk) and the other one comes from Food.com.

Which recipe you decide to use depends on if you want to buy and use your buttermilk fresh at the time of making it, or if you’d rather simply add milk. My grandma’s can be made with just the seasonings and add fresh buttermilk to it later and the other you add milk to later on. The choice is yours :)

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix... this is SO simple, so easy to make and is GREAT to have on hand! It tastes so much better homemade!

I prefer the recipe with powdered buttermilk because I usually always have milk on hand, but not necessarily buttermilk. Granted, you can always make your own by using milk and a little lemon juice.

This recipe couldn’t be any simpler, and trust me IT IS WAY BETTER than the store bought kind! Isn’t that always how it works when you make something homemade though? :)

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix... this is SO simple, so easy to make and is GREAT to have on hand! It tastes so much better homemade!

You just blend down the spices to a fine consistency. I use a food processor to make this process a lot more simple. It seriously does it in seconds.

Add some mayo and milk to it as you want, and you have got yourself some DELICIOUS Homemade Ranch Dressing! You can also use it for recipes that call for Ranch Dressing Mix- using the one with powdered buttermilk of course. Use 1 Tablespoon for any recipe calling for an envelope of Ranch Dressing Mix.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix... this is SO simple, so easy to make and is GREAT to have on hand! It tastes so much better homemade!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
This is SO simple, so easy to make and is GREAT to have on hand! It tastes so much better homemade!
Recipe type: Dressing
Grandma's Seasonings Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 6 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 Tablespoons dried parsley
Buttermilk Powder Ranch Dressing Mix
  • ½ cup dried Buttermilk Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
Grandma's Seasonings Ranch Dressing Mix
  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix dry minced onion, salt, garlic powder and parsley together.
  2. Directions for Ranch Dressing: Mix ⅛ cup of mix with 1 cup mayonnaise, and 1 cup buttermilk. Mix well and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  3. Makes three dressing mixes.
Buttermilk Powder Ranch Dressing Mix
  1. Combine all Buttermilk Powder Ranch Dressing Mix ingredients into food processor or blender. Pulse and blend until powder and fine.
  2. For salad dressing, combine 1 Tablespoon mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup milk.
  3. For any recipe calling for an envelope of ranch dressing mix, use 1 Tablespoon of mix.
Powdered Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe from: Food.com


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  1. Toni

    Where do you find buttermilk powder?

    1. jeannie

      I have kept a container of buttermilk powder on my pantry shelf or in the refrigerator for years. It's right off the shelf in the baking section of many grocers. Now, I don't worry about having it on hand for cooking and baking. Great idea to have the mix on hand too!

    2. Toni

      Thanks! I'll look for it at the grocery store. My kids love ranch!! And this looks so much better than the store bought kind.

    3. Cheryl Degro


      In my local Walmart buttermilk powder is sold right by the canned evaporated milk. It's in a short, round whitish-colored container with a red lid. It is this one I found on Amazon. Much cheaper at Wally's.

    4. Becky


      We use the Auguson Farms Buttermilk Powder sold by Walmart, though depending on your local Walmart, you may need to order it online. We do that, too -- the Walmart website carries it. I mix the powder with regular milk for creamy dressings. It's perfect.

      Recipe looks perfect, though I may double it and keep a jar of it in the fridge, so I don't have to make it as often. Ranch is our go-to dressing for a lot of things.

  2. heather @french press

    my kids love ranch dressing, but I never buy it because I prefer to make dressing at home - they are going to love this

  3. Michele


    I used this recipe with powdered rice milk for m son on a potassium restricted diet. It turned out amazing!! Even with the rice milk I prefer it over my store bought ranch.

    1. Jennifer

      Just wondering where you found powdered rice milk? I have dairy-intolerant people in my family. Would love to try this.

  4. Courtney Janzen

    What kind of mayo do you mix it with? Miracle whip or Helmans? Both have very different tastes!

    1. Jessica

      Technically Miracle Whip isn't "mayonaise" it's "salad dressing". So I would go with the Helmann's.

  5. samantha

    Does it need to sit in the fridge? Ours ended up really liquidy and not very strong.

  6. Patricia

    Miracle Whip is NOT mayonnaise!!

  7. Karen

    I like this idea for my friends with issues with milk products in their family. This recipe would be easy to adapt to make it gastointestininal friendly for the whole family.

  8. Michelle A


    You can also buy regular buttermilk and pour it into ice cube trays to freeze. When you need buttermilk, just thaw whatever amount of buttermilk you need :)

    1. Michelle A

      Your recipes look amazing! I can't wait to try some of them! I am going to make the cheddar cheese ball soon.

  9. Frankie Cayton


    one cup of whole milk makes this way too thin....next time I will add milk one teaspoon at a time....Otherwise, the mix is great. I used it for vegetable pizza and it was delicious.

  10. Eli


    Is there something I can use instead of buttermilk powder? That doesn't exist here, in Mexico.

    1. Mimi

      greek yogurt

  11. Heather

    How long do you think this would keep in the fridge when prepared as salad dressing? I'm planning to make and keep in a repurposed ketchup squeeze bottle.

  12. Ronald Flinders


    Why not just add water If you're using powdered buttermilk?

  13. Ronald Flinders

    I previously wrote asking about just using water in powdered buttermilk. I found the following.

    To make 1 cup of buttermilk just mix ingredients. To make a delicious quart of buttermilk just mix 1/2 cup of dry buttermilk powder with 3-1/2 cups water.

  14. Leila

    Can you use sour cream or plain yogurt instead of mayo?

  15. Haley

    Mine came out very runny. Like liquid. Is it suppose to be this thin?