Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe

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Ranch dressing has always been one of my first condiment loves (after ketchup, of course). After seeing what was actually in the store-bought salad dressings from the grocery store though, I knew it was time to break up. Thankfully I came up with an even healthier version of ranch salad dressing and now this ranch dressing mix.

The kids and I love it on salads, but it also makes a great dry ranch seasoning for meats and veggies. Plus it’s naturally gluten-free.

Why a Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix?

I probably don’t have to tell you that Hidden Valley Ranch is hiding a whole lot of unhealthy ingredients underneath that delicious ranch flavor. MSG, artificial flavors, and soy to name a few.

It seemed pretty counterintuitive to make a healthy salad and then top it with junk. I found a great alternative to regular ranch dressing (here’s the recipe). But I also wanted an alternative to the ranch dressing mix I use on chicken, roasted veggies, and other dishes.

I figured I could make a better real food option. This was the result and it is lovely. We keep a jar in the cabinet for use on veggies, eggs, chicken, or to make ranch dip.

I order all of the ingredients in bulk so I can whip it up whenever we need it. This way, I can also make any other spices we need any time we need them. You can find my other homemade spice blend recipes here.

Some Things Don’t Change

This ranch mix and the ranch dressing are part of our regular meal rotation. I keep the powder pre-made and always add the other ingredients to my Real Plans Shopping List so I can whip up a quick batch whenever needed.

So many things in the world have changed since my childhood, but my love of ranch dressing seems to be a consistent part of most childhoods. I just love that I can give my kids a healthier (and more delicious) version these days!

Ranch Dressing Recipe

Most of the ingredients for this you likely already have in your pantry. The main ingredient is dry buttermilk powder, which gives it that creamy tang. Unlike the store-bought packets though, it’s not cut with maltodextrin. And if you want an even tangier ranch dressing, you can add just a little fresh lemon juice to the Greek yogurt.

My favorite way to make the dip is with Greek yogurt. This makes it tangy and creamy with a boost of protein. For a more traditional ranch dressing, you could use 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup mayonnaise instead.

Try topping your dip with some fresh chopped dill or chives for the finishing touch!

What to Use Ranch Dressing Dip On

Your family likely already has a list of foods they love with ranch dressing. It makes a great dip for everything from chips to pizza. Serve it as an appetizer with veggies, or drizzle it on a salad. Since this is a dry ranch dressing mix it’s even more versatile. Here are some more delicious ways to use it!


Ranch Seasoning Mix Recipe

Rather than using store-bought packets of ranch seasoning, make your own using simple ingredients found in your pantry.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Calories 50kcal
Author Katie Wells


6 servings



  • Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Keep the dry mix in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to use.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of mix for each seasoning packet of ranch mix called for in a recipe.


Nutrition Facts
Ranch Seasoning Mix Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 50 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.4g3%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.05g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 832mg36%
Potassium 216mg6%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 51IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 139mg14%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • To make ranch dip, add 2 tablespoons of the ranch mix to 1 cup of Greek yogurt.
  • Thin ranch dip with water or milk to make buttermilk ranch dressing.

I never thought I could give up ranch dressing (or thought I would want to). Now I love the real food version even better. What I thought was going to be one of the hardest parts of switching to healthy, real food actually became one of the best.

What are your favorite ways to use ranch dressing mix? Leave a comment and share below!

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 This ranch dressing mix is great on beef, chicken, roasted vegetables or to make salad dressing. Made with herbs and spices not vegetable oil or additives.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


101 responses to “Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Recipe”

  1. Cecilia Powers Avatar
    Cecilia Powers

    Best: being told i have great hair, skin, i look healthy
    Worst: hearing all the comments about my green (or whatever color) smoothies and what they remind people of… and hearing people complain about feeling sick, but choosing not to do anything about it

  2. Jessica Barrus Morgan Avatar
    Jessica Barrus Morgan

    The best: being the same size as I was before we got married, 7 years and two kids ago.
    The worst: people assuming I’m a “dumb nanny” because my belly isn’t flubby (not that nanny’s are dumb, just that people act like *I’m* inexperienced with my own children).

    1. Lily Avatar

      Wow! You should NOT care about that (others thinking you are the nanny).

  3. Kate M. Avatar

    The Best: feeling good and having energy to do things with my family
    The Worst: abstaining from Tollhouse Pie when at my favorite restaurant

    1. Kate M. Avatar

      I’ve thought about it some more, and I think that the actual worst is:

      constantly disagreeing with my husband about what to feed our daughter.

  4. Tasha Avatar

    Best: making a few sandwiches made with juicer pulp “bread”, yum!
    Worst: Making sandwiches for others with fresh tangy sourdough bread….

  5. Lisa Marie Avatar
    Lisa Marie

    Best–eating cocnut oil, and olive oils!

    Worst–no more doritos 🙁

  6. Brittany P Avatar
    Brittany P

    Best: Realizing that my home cooked meals put restaurant food taste and quality to shame.

    Worse: Explaining this concept to family and friends when they ask us out for dinner and we delcine.
    …AND the fact that they just can not seem to understand this concept so they continue to ask, our reasoning for doing it, they think we are strange, they rave about how good the pasta or steak was, and they just refuse to learn the reality of how horrible that food is for them 🙁

  7. Katey Avatar

    Best: it’s a tie between butter on vegetables and being full for a long time after eating healthy meals

    Worst: people thinking you’re crazy for drinking whole milk and saying it’s disgusting

    1. theresa gianna Avatar
      theresa gianna

      i’m sure you could use organic heavy whipping cream on occasion….

    2. Krimson Rose Avatar
      Krimson Rose

      5 stars
      I like to use coconut cream. I have a dairy intolerance, but want the cream in my coffee still! Coconut cream helps fill that void.

      Best: Getting healthy and losing fat with only good food.
      Worst: Learning how to cook all over again. Long learning curve for me!

    3. Tanya Reeder Avatar
      Tanya Reeder

      I’ve been using organic half & half in my coffee with honey to sweeten it – I swear it brings out the flavor of the coffee so much better than what I was doing before. 🙂

    4. Jim Avatar

      Try adding 1 tablespoon Kerry gold butter and 1 tablespoon coconut oil for each 8-10 oz cup coffee. Whip in blender and enjoy frothy cup of coffee. The energy from this cup will last all morning.

  8. Brittany Avatar

    Best:  Feeling great and seeing how much healthier my family is.

    Worst:  Ruining my childhood ‘comfort foods.’  They just don’t taste good to me anymore.

  9. Amanda Avatar

    Best: Feeling great and looking good.
    Worst: Saying no to potatoes and oatmeal.

    1. Vickie Avatar

      Not sure about why you had to give up oatmeal. I eat a delicious organic oatmeal every morning with cinnamon and organic stevia. It’s my AM staple.
      Is oatmeal bad for us? Just asking because I truly don’t know why one would give it up.

      1. Alex Avatar

        No oatmeal is great!!! It is naturally gluten free, and a great fat burner. Also blends well in smoothies.

      2. Barbara Avatar

        Some oatmeal contains gluten. If oatmeal is properly soaked overnight it is much more digestible. See the Warren A. Price Foundation’s recommendations on properly preparing all grains, seeds and nuts. Also, the Nourishing Traditions cookbook by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig is a valuable resource for this.

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    Best: feeling happy, peaceful in mind and body
    Worst: passing up my mother’s cinnamon rolls

  11. Anna Avatar

    Best: Learning to love new (healthy) foods – quinoa, kefir, avocadoes

    Worst: Saying no to sugar

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    Best:  Feeling better than I have all my life,  and never being hungry!

    Worst: Not being able to drink chocolate milk.

    1. Virginia Avatar

      You can make your own chocolate milk.
      I stopped drinking store bought chocolate drinks 10 years ago, due allergy.
      I mix up cocoa powder and suger can not use other sweeters.
      Put a spoonful in cup to taste,add boiling water, stir well, then add a milk of choice.
      Drink hot or let cool in ridge.

  13. Dee Avatar

    Best: bacon drippings!
    Worst: trying to convert my husband on some things

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    Tracy E.

    Best:  Overall feeling better
    Worst: Not being able to eat out at Olive Garden. lol.

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    Best: fewer aches and pains
    Worst: constantly hearing “oh, I could NEVER give up (insert whatever delicious thing everyone else is eating that you decided in not in your best health interest)” while you practice smiling with your jaws clenched.

  16. Pamela Stroud Avatar
    Pamela Stroud

    Best: Being able to look good without really trying.
    Worst: Having to turn down food offered by other people.

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