Ranch Dressing Mix

A good ranch dressing recipe is something every home cook should have in her recipe box.  This is the one I have in my box.  And it is GOOD!

It’s is a ‘bulk’ recipe, so you’re making up a big batch that can be used as a seasoning in many other foods, as well as making a mean ranch dip and dressing…among other things.  It’s very versatile! (But I also give you an itty-bitty “try it out” size to run by your taste buds first.)

I’ve layered in all of the dried herbs, and I’m ready to shake and blend!

I’ve been working on this recipe for a couple of years, as I really want to avoid MSG and fillers…and fresh is just SO much tastier!

Well, theoretically.  It should be tastier, you know?  But I had a lot of trouble finding a really good ranch dressing recipe.  They seemed to kind of fall flat or hit spicy or odd notes that didn’t even come close to the twangy goodness that we all know and love.

But I’ve finally landed on a blend that is just totally delicious.  It has received a unanimous thumbs up by the National Association of Picky Children.  (I happen to know several of the board members personally.)  And on top of that, I’ve recently been informed that a jar of this spice mix is the birthday present of choice by some of my favorite cooks.

Oh, and also, this is TOTALLY Trim & Healthy approved…I’ll even give you a recipe for my fat-free Ranch Dressing for Fuel Pull or E style salads in the printable below.

This is the mix, before blending

All that’s in my mix are herbs and spices.  I’d much rather stock up on some good herbs, and toss this spice mix together than buy the (now way more than) $1 each packets of commercial spice blends.  Because I make it in bulk, it doesn’t take long, and I get at least 3-6 months worth of spice mixes out of this big batch.  Pretty much, all you do is just measure the herbs and spices all into a jar and shake!

Just yesterday, I pulled out all my herbs and spices and made up big batches of:
-Greek Seasoning and Dressing Mix
-Ranch Dressing
-Steak Seasoning
-Taco Seasoning
(and I already have a nice big bottle of chili seasoning mix ready to go when cool weather arrives!)

It took me about an hour to make 2-3 cups of each spice blend, but your time may vary…I had a toddler hanging from each leg.  Totally worth that time to get a stocked pantry full of delicious ‘convenience’ spice and seasoning mixes!

Bulk batch in a pint jar…I write the how to use directions on the lid.
I have found that running it through the blender to powder it allows the flavors will blend in quickly in dip mixes and recipes.  It’s easy to do with this spice grinder blender trick!

One of my other favorite ways to use the Ranch dressing recipe (besides making dressing and dip) is as a seasoning blend.  I store about half of the batch in a shaker bottle, and sprinkled on baked potatoes, french fries, roasted veggies, and all over our favorite baked potato pizza recipe. It’s become our house blend that I reach for when I want a fresh, oniony, zesty flavor.

On the printable recipes, below, you’ll find many other great ways to use this delicious and versatile ranch dressing mix, including how to make your own…

Tarter Sauce!
tarter sauce recipe

mmm…pickley!

I want to hear if you try it…let me know what you think by rating the recipe below!

Ranch Dressing Mix
 
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Ranch Dressing Mix that comes straight from herbs and spices is SO much tastier than the MSG laden packets. This creamy, zesty blend makes amazing dip, dressing, and has become our house seasoning of choice on fries, popcorn, and more. The directions include FP or S versions of this yummy Ranch Dressing Mix for all of you Trim Healthy Mamas.
Author:
Cuisine: Condiments & Spice Mixes
Ingredients
Mini-Mix Test Batch
Yields about ¼ c. of mix; enough for 2-4 cups of dressing or dip.
Combine in a half pint (jelly) jar:
1T of each of the following:
  • dried chives
  • dried parsley
  • garlic powder
    1½ teaspoon of each of the following:
  • onion powder
  • salt
    And finally, add ½ teaspoon each of:
  • pepper
  • sugar (optional) or can sub 1 shakes stevia extract, or 1 t. ground Truvia

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe: In Bulk
Yields about 2½ cups of unblended mix...but it's a little less bulky if you blend it. I keep some of mine in a shaker jar and the rest in a pint jar.
Blend the following in a standard mouth quart jar:
1/2 c. each of
  • dried chives
  • dried parsley
  • garlic powder
    1/4 c. each of
  • onion powder
  • salt
    1 T each of
  • ground black pepper
  • sugar (optional) or sub with 2 shakes of stevia extract, or Truvia
Instructions
  1. Directions:
  2. Shake spices together in a jar.
  3. If you’d like to create a "fast blend", then powder your mix by screwing your blender base onto any standard mouth canning jar, and blend your herbs until powdered. This will make the flavors blend in a lot faster when you use it in recipes.
Notes
Recipes Using Ranch Dressing Mix
Using full fat mayo or sour cream will really dull the flavor of the spices, so you'll want to use the larger amount of mix in that case. If you use light sour cream or mayo, then use the lesser amount called for. All the measurements can and should be adjusted to your taste. If you don't powder your spice mix, then use the larger amount. If you do powder it, then use the smaller amount and adjust to taste.

Ranch Salad Dressing -S
2 tsp-1½ Tbl. mix
1 c. sour cream
2 T.-1/4 c. cup buttermilk (adds only up to 3.5 carbs for the whole batch of dressing)
salt, to taste
Blend spices and sour cream, and add enough buttermilk to thin to pouring consistency. You may sub ½ cup of mayo for ½ cup of sour cream if you prefer. Salt to taste.

Fat Free (FP) Ranch Dressing or DipUse only 1 t.of Ranch blend seasonings and sub 0% Greek Yogurt for sour cream. Use unsweetened almond milk instead of buttermilk. Thin to pouring consistency for dressing, and adjust flavors to your liking. To create Fuel Pull for any recipes here, simply follow these substitutions, and start with very small amounts of the seasonings/spicy ingredients, as there is no fat to blunt their intensity.

Ranch Dip-S
2 tsp-1½ Tbl. mix
1c. sour cream
salt to taste
Blend and serve. You may sub ½ cup of mayo for ½ cup of sour cream if you prefer.

French Onion Dip
2 tsp-1½ Tbl. mix
1 t. Worcestershire sauce
2 T very finely diced or grated fresh onions (or 1 T dehydrated onion flakes, and let sit for at least an hour)
1 c. Sour Cream
Blend all ingredients and serve.
You may sub ½ cup of mayo for ½ cup of sour cream if you prefer.
For a richer onion flavor, saute finely diced onions 1 t. butter until slightly carmelized in a small skillet. Add Worcestershire sauce into the skillet, and then dump/blend into the sour cream. *swoon*

Tarter Sauce:
2 t. mix
¼ c. mayo
¼ c. sour cream
1 T or more chopped dill or sweet pickles
¼ to ½ t. prepared horseradish (to taste)

Yellow Ranch Rice
Here's an easy way to cut out yet another MSG product with the flavored rice mixes!
3 cups rice
1-2 T ranch mix
2 t. turmeric
1 T dried minced onions
Water
Add ingredients and water, according to your rice cooker directions or favorite recipe/method for steamed rice.

 

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  • KateDansyng

    Going to try this tomorrow, looks wonderful and very versatile. Thanks

    • hi_itsgwen

      Hope you enjoy it! It’s our favorite here. It’s become our “house” seasoning. :)

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  • Liz Roddey

    How many TBS of this equals one packet or store bought ranch dressing mix?

    • hi_itsgwen

      Good question! The storebought packets have 1 oz. of mix, which is approx. equal to 3 T of mix. But I think there is PLENTY of flavor in just 1-2 T of my spice blend for an equivalent amount of dressing or dip. I think this is because it’s pure flavor/herbs and no fillers. :) Does that answer your question?

    • Its_Gwen

      Hi Liz! I thought I’d answered this, but it must have gotten lost in space. :)

      A packet of storebought Ranch mix contains almost 3 Tablespoons of mix. My recipe would only use 1 Tablespoon of herb blends to make the same amount of dip or dressing, since it’s just pure herb flavor and no “fillers” (read MSG).
      Is that what you needed to know?

  • Deanna from Idaho

    DELISH! My hubby and I are total ranch snobs (or is it just me) either way this is tasty and quick! The other great thing about this recipe is that these are all herbs on hand. I don’t want to have to go to a specialty store to get herbs no one has heard of! Last night we had taco salads.. added a lil jalapeno to our ranch.. Jalapeno ranch.. we are fancy like that! :) Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Its_Gwen

      Love it, Deanna! Another seal of approval from a “ranch snob”…can’t ask for better than that! :)

  • Katey

    In your first picture, one of the ingredient layers appears to be red. Just curious as to what spice that might be?

    • Its_Gwen

      That was an experiment I did with paprika…didn’t care for it. :) It turned the Ranch pink, and made it too spicy.

  • Katey

    Sorry, I guess it is the second picture. I’m referring to the picture where the ingredients are layered in the jar. :)

  • Tawny

    Best ranch dip EVER! Hands down! Thank you so much for a terrific recipe :)

    • Its_Gwen

      Thank you!!! SO glad you are enjoying it!

  • http://twitter.com/ToBeMrsCollier Mrs. Collier

    I linked back to you on a future blog post on ranch turkey burgers as an alternative to store bought! Thanks for the great tutorial! Sarah @ Tobemrscollier.blogspot.com

  • Kisha

    This was delish!

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  • Stacy

    Homemade knocks store-bought out of the water…every time. Every. Time.

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  • Sarah

    This is SO GOOD!!! I wanted it to be for an E and tried 1% cottage cheese with a little 0% Greek Yogurt to thin. Our two year old tried it and said “delicious, delicious.” Thank you for sharing!

    • Its_Gwen

      Thank you, Sarah!

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  • Heather Bailey Stucker

    I can’t wait to try this! So glad you figured this one out!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Its_Gwen

      Hope you enjoy!

  • Rachel Biesbrock Kasinger

    Just so you know…… I love this site. All of the recipes I have tried out so far are delish. I am going to head out to GFS this week for bulk seasonings just so I can make all these wonderful recipes.

    • Its_Gwen

      Thanks, Rachel! Hope you enjoy. :) I make big giant batches to share and enjoy, so I only have to make them a couple times per year.

  • Nicole

    This sounds great. I do not care for buttermilk.Is there anything else I can use that would make it a THM S dressing? Thanks

    • Its_Gwen

      Half & half or even a bit of cream would be lovely to push you into S mode. :) Or just use regular sour cream and unsweetened almond milk.

      • Nicole Bowman

        Thanks :)

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  • Kelley

    So glad I found this! I enjoy ranch dressing, but am not a fan of the MSG in the store bought stuff. Thank you for sharing. I am on Day 2 of THM and I so thankful for your website.

    • Its_Gwen

      I hope you love this! It’s still a favorite for our family. :)

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  • Kimberly

    I just made some before lunch. Thank you! It is yummy! I used greek yogurt to make the dressing a FP. This is just what I needed to add to my kitchen because i LOVE ranch dressing.

    • Its_Gwen

      So glad you enjoyed it! I ended up using it as a dry sprinkle/rub so much that I put half of the batch in a shaker jar now. :) We love it!

  • 1merrie1

    This is a five star recipe! It’s the best ranch dressing I’ve ever made, and I’ve been cooking for 35 years for a family of 10.

    • Its_Gwen

      Wow! Thanks bunches, Merrie!!!

  • Jennifer ‘Benson’ Heath

    Could I make up a double batch of the Ranch dressing and keep it in the fridge for easy access, or would it go bad?

  • Becky

    Gwen, this looks great! But, I want to try the test batch first… how much sour cream and buttermilk should I use to make a dressing?

  • Linda Dixon Taylor

    Love this recipe. Tried to Pin this and a couple others of this site and received an error.

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  • Mandy Derocher

    Trying this today! Thanks Gwen. LOVE your blog!!!

    • Its_Gwen

      Thank you! Hope you like the Ranch Dressing!

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  • Laura

    This is awesome!!! If you were here in my kitchen in Kentucky I would hug you! I have never made ranch that tasted this close to the bottled dressing before. Love it!!!

    • Its_Gwen

      (((hug))) back. :)

  • Marjie

    Is there something I can use other than buttermilk?

    • Its_Gwen

      sure! If you’re going carb-smart, you can use half & half or cream (S). Or you can use unsweetened almond milk if you want it lighter.