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.

A dish of homemade ranch dressing mix ingredients.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe

Recipe ingredients

A dish of homemade ranch dressing mix ingredients.

Ingredient notes

  • Powdered buttermilk: This ultra-convenient dry milk product keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator. You can find it at nearly all grocery stores, Walmart, and on Amazon (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered buttermilk, dried parsley, dried minced onion, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, and salt (I like ¼ teaspoon). Use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator.
A dish of homemade ranch dressing mix.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes ¼ cup dry ranch dressing mix or the equivalent of 1 store-bought packet.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator or freezer indefinitely.
  • To make salad dressing from the mix: Whisk together 1 cup milk, 1 cup mayonnaise, and the full recipe of dry ranch mix. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill and blend flavors.
  • To make ranch dip from the mix: Whisk together 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream and the full recipe of dry ranch mix. Cover and refrigerate for 60 minutes to thicken and blend flavors.
  • Standard salad dressing: Looking for the real thing? Try my Ranch Dressing made from buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, red onion, and fresh herbs.
  • Recipes that use ranch dressing mix: Try this ranch mix in Veggie Pizza, Vegetable Tortilla Roll Ups, Taco Soup, Cucumber Sandwiches, Beer Cheese Dip, and Ranch Oyster Crackers.

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A dish of homemade ranch dressing mix ingredients.

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.
5 from 26 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 12 servings (1 tsp each)
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Calories 7

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk (see note 1)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • Salt

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together powdered buttermilk, dried parsley, dried minced onion, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, and salt (I like ¼ teaspoon). Use immediately or store covered in the refrigerator.

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Notes

  1. Powdered buttermilk: This ultra-convenient dry milk product keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator. You can find it at nearly all grocery stores, Walmart, and on Amazon (Culinary Hill may earn money if you buy through this link).
  2. Yield: This recipe makes ¼ cup dry ranch dressing mix or the equivalent of 1 store-bought packet.
  3. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator or freezer indefinitely.
  4. To make salad dressing from the mix: Whisk together 1 cup milk, 1 cup mayonnaise, and the full recipe of dry ranch mix. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to chill and blend flavors.
  5. To make ranch dip from the mix: Whisk together 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream and the full recipe of dry ranch mix. Cover and refrigerate for 60 minutes to thicken and blend flavors.
  6. Standard salad dressing: Looking for the real thing? Try my Ranch Dressing made from buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, red onion, and fresh herbs.
  7. Recipes that use ranch dressing mix: Try this ranch mix in Veggie Pizza, Vegetable Tortilla Roll Ups, Taco Soup, Cucumber Sandwiches, Beer Cheese Dip, and Ranch Oyster Crackers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tspCalories: 7kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 28mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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  1. This recipe is PERFECT! I thought you had a bulk version listed somewhere??? It was a large batch with about 10 servings and you listed how much to scoop out per serving. Maybe I dreamt it, lol!! Thank you for sharing5 stars

    1. Hi Sheila, I’m so glad you love this! I used to have the build on the site before the recipe cards would allow us to slide to more or less servings. Here it is, though!
      To make a large batch of Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix (equivalent to 10 packets), combine the following:
      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

      Enjoy! Take care! – Meggan

  2. Super yummy ! used this recipe as part of my loaded Ranch Bacon potato salad , Thank you !5 stars

  3. Just wondering. Are you saying the DRY powdered ranch mix (before you add sour cream) has to be stored in the refrigerator? Or am I misreading your instructions? Aren’t all of the ingredients shelf-stable?

    1. Hi Annie, sorry for the confusion! The powdered buttermilk listed in the recipe is NOT shelf-stable at room temperature. It needs to be refrigerated after opening. It lasts indefinitely in the refrigerator, but not at room temp. So that’s the issue here. Thanks for the question and sorry for the confusion. I’ll fix up the post so that is very clear. Thank you! -Meggan

  4. Am I dense? I don’t see what liquid this is added to. Dressing is not powder. Is it milk? Sour cream would be too thick I think. This is a strange recipe. Are we supposed to buy a packet of hidden valley ranch dressing To know what to add it to?

    1. Hi Louise, 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/. If I were going to make this into a 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! – Meggan

  5. Delicious! I didn’t have buttermilk powder on hand so used dry milk powder and it turned out just fine… wIas using in a slow cooker recipe as a dry powder and it was delicious! Thank you.5 stars

  6. 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. 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

  7. 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.

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