Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

The BEST ranch dressing Mix

Ranch dressing is a multifaceted mistress of sorts. You either like it and can enjoy it on a salad, LOVE it and dunk everything from pizza to shoe leather in it, or think it’s an epicurean abomination all together and are lobbying to remove it from the shelves of grocery stores.   If you’re of the last camp, feel free to stop reading now. I love you, but this post is just not for you.

If you fall somewhere in between the realm of LIKE and LOVE, you’re in for a treat. I happen to think that bottled ranch dressings are an atrocity, but love a nice, freshly made ranch. In the past I’ve made it with a packet of ranch dressing mix, but hated paying over $1 for half of an ounce of salt and garlic powder.

Making your own mix is super easy, really fun (think sand art), and is significantly less expensive than buying the packaged mixes. Another bonus is that you’ll always have a stash of it in the pantry as one recipe makes enough mix to keep your salad, pizza and hot wings well dressed for quite sometime.

You’ll start with a mason jar, parsely, black pepper, garlic salt, kosher salt, granulated onion and garlic, and dill weed. Be as artistic as you want to be and layer all the herbs and spices into the jar. Screw on the jar lid and mess up your beautiful layers by giving it a good shake. You’re done!

When you’re ready to make some dressing just add 1 tablespoon + 1 tsp of the mix to 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup milk, 3/4 C sour cream, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Stir, stir, stir!

This mix works interchangeably with other recipes that call for a packet of ranch dressing mix. Use 1 tablespoon for every packet needed. I’ll be back on Wednesday with an awesome recipe using this mix, but in the meantime if you need to get your ranch fix, try these Slow-Cooker Cilantro Ranch Chicken Tacos, or this BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
This recipe make a ranch that is a pour-able consistency. perfect for salads. If you like your ranch thicker, add a little bit of milk at a time until it's the consistency that you like.
  • ¾ C dried parsley
  • 2 tbsp black pepper
  • ¼ C garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp granulated garlic
  • ¼ C + 2 tbsp granulated onion
  • ½ C dill weed
  1. Combine all herbs and spices in a jar and shake to mix.
For dressing:
  1. Combine 1 tbsp + 1 tsp mix with 1 C mayonnaise, 1 C milk, ¾ C sour cream, and 2 tbsp lemon juice.
  2. Use mix interchangeably in recipes calling for ranch dressing mix. Use 1 tablespoon mix for every packet needed.


  1. Michelle says

    very similar to a recipe used at a bar I worked at. we used buttermilk in place of the milk/sour cream. gave it the zing sour cream does. it was best dang ranch anywhere! of course we made it in 1 gallon batches or so! :)

  2. Courtney says

    How long does this keep in the fridge? It seems to make a large amount. Have you ever halved the amount to make less?

    • Heather says

      I’ve kept it for up to 2 weeks in the fridge with no problem. One batch does make a lot and I have halved it before.

    • Heather says

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  3. Susan says

    Way too much milk. Came out like water. I am going to have to throw it out which I hate cause it is so wasteful :(
    Maybe modifying with 1/4 cup milk would be better.

    • Heather says

      I ran into the kitchen to make a batch after seeing your comment and it turned out well as written. I know that some sour creams are thicker than others and that could cause it to be too thin. Also, it does set up a bit after making so if it’s not too late you can try that or add a bit more sour cream any mayo to thicken it up. Sorry!

  4. says

    I just made this mix and salad dressing… Totally awesome for my ranch lovin’ family who loves Ranch dressing on just about everything! Also made a batch and added fresh salsa for a south of the border taste and subbed out dill for fresh cilantro…This mix is so easy and inexpensive to make I think I will be making these in small canning jars, putting a label on them and giving them as hostess gifts from now on!

    • Heather says

      Awesome, so glad you and your fam liked it! I love your idea on using it as hostess gifts, I might have to steal it! :)

    • Heather says

      I would replace the sour cream with yogurt and keep the mayonnaise if you didn’t want to make it fully yogurt. Otherwise you can replace both the sour cream and mayo with yogurt but you’ll likely have to adjust the salt and maybe the lemon juice so it doens’t get too tangy. Hope that helps!

  5. Tara H says

    This is FABULOUS! We absolutely love it. I’ve been making ranch for a while with a different mix. My husband didn’t love it so I decided to try yours. He’s hooked!! Thank you!


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