Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Skip the store-bought packets and know EXACTLY what you’re getting with this easy Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix! Makes the equivalent of one packet.

Recreating the convenience foods of days gone by, from scratch, is quickly turning into a personal crusade of mine.

Sure, I wonder what all those unpronounceable ingredients on any given label are, as much as the next person. I roll my eyes at the rising cost of Hidden Valley Ranch packets.

But what I REALLY fear, what keeps me up at night, is stale, artificial tastes.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix ingredients separated on a white plate.

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That condensed cream of chicken soup from my childhood? It’s doesn’t taste as good in real life as it does in my memory.

Those packets of taco seasoning? Equal parts stale and blah.

And as for dry ranch mix…. well, let’s just say I’ll take my Santa Clarita Valley over the Hidden Valley any day.

Powdered Buttermilk

The only potential hurdle you will face to escape the Hidden Valley is: You’ll need powdered buttermilk. I learned about powdered buttermilk several years ago from Cook’s Illustrated and it’s a really convenient ingredient. These days most grocery stores and even Walmart have it on their shelves.

It keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator and is great for all your cooking and baking needs. I still use real buttermilk if I’m making something fresh such as homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, but the powdered version works for everything else.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix in a clear bowl.

Beyond the Buttermilk

Once you’ve located your powdered buttermilk, the rest is just common pantry spices that you probably already have.

Whisk everything together in a small bowl and you’re set! Use your ranch dressing mix immediately or store it in the refrigerator.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix ingredients separated on a white plate.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe

Skip the store-bought packets and know EXACTLY what you're getting with this easy Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix! Makes the equivalent of one packet.
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Pantry
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 packet
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Meggan Hill


  • 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Pinch black pepper


  • In small bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator.



Per the manufacturer's website, the powdered buttermilk is gluten free.
To make a large batch of Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix (equivalent to 10 packets), combine the following (1 packet is equivalent to 3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon but personally I would just round up or down to 3 or 4 tablespoons to use it):
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons salt


Calories: 75kcal
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  1. Bruce

    Really easy, will never buy those sodium envelopes again.5 stars

  2. ron

    I’m looking to make homemade Ranch dressing. I guess I don’t understand the powdered buttermilk. I used to be a cook, and when I made Ranch dressing, I would put in the packages of Hidden Valley Ranch mix, then a big bag of mayonnaise and buttermilk. If I’m leaving something out, it’s been a long time. What I’m asking, is this recipe something else, that requires dry buttermilk?

    1. meggan

      Hi Ron, sorry for the confusion. This is not what you are looking for. This recipe replaces the packet dressing you are thinking of, but you’d use this in stuff like veggie pizza or for taco soup, things that require that packet. If you want to make actually ranch salad dressing, you should make this: https://www.culinaryhill.com/homemade-buttermilk-ranch-dressing/

      It’s delicious. This packet replacement will just upset you, LOL. I’m sure of it. Thank you! -Meggan

  3. Sandy Innis

    I just made this and it is THE BEST recipe for the dried Ranch dressing. I don’t like the chemicals in the package ranch sand this taste far better. If I could give it 10 stars I would. I did cut back on the salt by half because the buttermilk has sodium in it. And I need to watch my sodium intake. So very good.

  4. Spring

    Is there an alteration to make the dip mix instead of the dressing mix?

    1. meggan

      Hi Spring, I don’t know for sure but I compared the ingredient labels of the dressing packet vs. the dip packet and the main difference I see is powdered buttermilk. So my best guess is that to make the dip, you would leave out the powdered buttermilk and keep everything else. The dip packet is supposed to be mixed with 16 ounces sour cream. You’d have to see if my recipe also works with that amount. It probably does, but if it doesn’t, maybe be prepared to double the mix if necessary? I hope this helps. It’s all a guess but probably isn’t too far off (I hope). Good luck! -Meggan

  5. Kelly

    What aisle would you find the powdered buttermilk?

    1. Meggan

      Hi Kelly! It should be in the baking aisle at your grocery store, by the evaporated milk and regular dry milk. I will also link it on the recipe card in case buying it online is easier! :D -Meggan

  6. Karin

    I was wondering if you can make this without black pepper I just found out im allergic. Also I read recipe for dressing can you make that withoit lemon juice as im also allergic to lemons. Also id you know of a great italian dressing without black pepper that would be much appreciated. Thanks

    1. meggan

      Hi Karin, you can definitely omit black pepper anytime. If you want to omit the lemon juice, you could substitute lime juice or white vinegar (or any kind of vinegar, really). I love this recipe for Italian dressing, just leave the black pepper out (you really don’t need it): https://www.culinaryhill.com/the-best-homemade-italian-dressing/
      If you need anything else, just let me know! Thanks! -Meggan

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  8. Kacey Ables

    I work as a rn for hospice care and I’m always looking for quick and easy dinners to fix for my clients! Thank you tons this is a very easy and simple recipe that will go over great! 5 stars

    1. meggan

      You’re welcome Kacey, I hope you like the recipe if you try it! Take care. -Meggan

  9. Nicole

    Could you leave out the powdered buttermilk? If so, what would you have to substitute?

    1. Barb

      I’d like to know this too. I don’t want to make dressing, I want it to add to Greek yogurt for veggie dip. I’m out of the bulk HVR mix and thought I’d make my own. The last time I tried this, I wasn’t able to find powered buttermilk at my local walmart.

  10. Valerie

    No pepper in the bulk recipe?

    1. meggan

      Typo! Should be 1 1/4 tsp. Pepper for bulk. Sorry about that. A pinch is defined as 1/8 so 1/8*10=1 tsp. + 1/4 tsp. I do a lot of culinary math in culinary school. Thank you and sorry!

  11. Sheri

    I’m certainly going to try theses rollups but wanted to say thanks for the ranch dressing recipe also. I’ve been making my own mixes and dressings for a while now also such as taco, chipotle and tarter sauce so i appreciate seeing another one i can add to my list.5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Sheri, you are SO WELCOME! Thank you for the lovely, kind comment. It’s so great when you can make these spice blends on your own. I have a cajun seasoning blend on the blog too if that sounds like something you’d enjoy! Take care and thanks again.

  12. Jeri

    What do you use for liquid in the Ranch Dressing?

    1. meggan

      Hi Jeri, I have never experimented with turning this into salad dressing. I prefer to just make ranch salad dressing from scratch with buttermilk. Here’s my recipe if you want to see it: https://www.culinaryhill.com/homemade-buttermilk-ranch-dressing/

      But, if I were going to make this into dressing, I’d add 1 cup of buttermilk and 1 cup of mayonnaise because that’s what you add to Hidden Valley Ranch’s packet to make salad dressing. Thanks!

  13. Now I need to go hunt that powdered buttermilk down. I can think of so many uses! Thanks Meggan. 5 stars

    1. meggan

      Do it, Kevin! It’s really useful for baking too. Thank you so much!

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