You’ll never buy a store-bought packet again after trying my mom’s easy Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix! Stir up with 4 ingredients for homemade ranch dressing!
I don’t know about you, but I grew up always buying those rach dressing mix packets from the store. They were easy to get and mixed with some sour cream became my favorite poolside dip with potato chips. Then I found out you can make your own homemade ranch dressing mix and my brain exploded. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I had no idea!! This mix is great for seasoning your meals, making ranch dressing (obvs), and it doesn’t have any weird ingredients you can barely pronounce.
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So what’s up with this ranch dressing mix recipe? We went over to my mom’s a couple of months ago to hang out and say hey. Mom was making an easy dinner, and for the salad, she busted out this ranch dressing mix she had. She gave me to container and told me to follow the directions to whip up a batch of dressing.
You guys. It was so good! I couldn’t believe it! I’m a ranch with my wings, carrots, and pizza type girl so I know my ranch dressing. I can’t wait to use this ranch mix as a rub for some chicken and potatoes later this week.
What is ranch seasoning made of?
Homemade ranch dressing mix ingredients are really simple. Ready?
- Dried Parsley Flakes
- Garlic Salt
- Parmesan Cheese – the shelf stable kind
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
- Black Pepper
- Dried Dill Weed
Boom, just 7 simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. There are no big surprise ingredients, just spices you know and love.
How to Make Ranch Dressing Mix
- Add parsley, garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and dill to a mixing bowl.
- Stir until completely combined.
- Transfer to an air-tight container and store until ready to use.
If you REALLY want to use fresh parmesan, you can. Substitute fresh grated Parmesan and make sure to store your ranch seasoning mix in the fridge instead of the pantry.
I love making a full batch of this ranch mix and sharing half with a friend or replenishing my mom’s supply. There’s plenty to go around. The best part is you can easily half this recipe and pop it in the fridge for longer storage time. I’ve used it to season wings, make snack mix, whip up homemade ranch dressing, and it’s the secret ingredient in one of favorite cheesy crock pot dips. (recipe below!)
How do you make homemade ranch dressing?
- Whisk together sour cream (or Greek yogurt), buttermilk, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and dry ranch dressing mix in a large mixing bowl.
- Transfer to an air-tight container and store in the fridge until ready to use.
While this mix is great for buttermilk ranch dressing and seasoning your favorite meals, you can also make ranch dip with it. Just stir 3 tablespoons homemade ranch seasoning into 2 cups of sour cream and you’re in business!
This ranch dressing is thinner than say Hidden Valley Ranch, but I like the flavor profile a lot. I usually make a half batch of the dressing, since I’m the only ranch lover at my house, and put it on my salads at lunchtime. It’s great to have on hand and will keep in the fridge for at least a week.
My Favorite Salads and Dressings
- Easy Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe
- Chopped Wedge Salad
- Apple & Feta Chicken Salad
- Blue Cheese Dressing
- Homemade Italian Dressing
- Honey Mustard Dressing
- Garlic Parmesan Croutons
Tasty Ranch Recipes
- Buffalo Ranch Snack Mix
- Loaded Bacon Ranch Potato Salad
- Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Dip
- Crock Pot Bacon Ranch Cheesy Chicken Hash
- Cheesy Ranch Crackers
- More Side Dishes
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 3/4 cup buttermilk, no substitutions here!
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
- Mix parsley, garlic salt, Parmesan, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, and dill in a bowl until well combined.
- Store in an airtight container - in the fridge for fresh cheese or in the pantry for shelf-stable cheese.
- Combine sour cream, buttermilk, mayo, lemon juice, and ranch mix in a medium bowl until combined and smooth. Makes 2 cups of dressing. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.