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. Teresa M. Avatar
    Teresa M.

    Best:  Having zero PMS after I began cooking exclusively (and liberally) with coconut oil and lard.

    Worst:  Being caught off guard every month because I never feel it coming!

    1. Lucy Avatar

      After having been in Perimenopause for the past 2-3 years with periods skipping several months, then 2-3 weeks apart, then on and off flooding for several weeks, mood swings, oversensitivities, brain fogs, extreme sensitivity to hot weather, no hot flashes yet but feeling feverish in the morning and chilly at night, and so on…
      For 3 months now my periods are back to normal and once a month, no more brain fogs or mood swings or temperature sensitivities.  So…
      Best:  feeling hormone wise more and more like I did 10-15 years ago.
      Worst:  see above…
                   I mean pleeeeeeaaaaaase!!!!  I’m 52!  NO more monthly cycles, please!!  It’s been over 40 years and I’m tired of it. 

  2. Nicole Etter Avatar
    Nicole Etter

    Best: Feeling much more free in eating the things I want (i.e. butter, bacon)
    Worst: Having the responsibility of cooking every meal and finding time to do it.

  3. Tina Basinger Avatar
    Tina Basinger

    Best:  Having more energy
    Worst:  Cooking and cleaning up EVERY.SINGLE.MEAL

  4. Anastasia Avatar

    Best: Feeling great

    Worst: Having to pay $15 for a gallon of raw milk

  5. Cathy Avatar

    Best:  Coconut oil and BUTTER!
    Worst:  Trying to deal with ‘normal life events’–birthday parties, visiting family, church events, etc.

    1. Cathy Avatar

      Wanted to add that NOT being able to get raw milk is the worst as well!

  6. Lene Avatar

    Best: Seing and feeling an improvement in my severe clinical depression which I’ve suffered from in more than 5 years. And be able to face my life again.

    Worst: Choosing between being antisocial or a minor relapse when out with lovely people. Much of our social life is about people caring for others with food/sweets/cake – and often delicius, organic and/or homemade (but still full of unhealthy ingredients). I often choose the relapse if it’s not too often or just very easy to decline it without much attention.

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    Best:  Looking and feeling great and all the wonderful compliments that come along with it.

    Worst:  Having to always plan to make sure I have the right food available.

  8. Kimmi Avatar

    Best feeling healthy and strong
    Worst the battle in my head with all the “healthy” CW stored up through the years,

  9. Michelle Albanese Avatar
    Michelle Albanese

    Best: Not worrying about fat contents of my food.
    Worst: Giving up baked goods. I love to bake!

  10. Carol Avatar

    best Loving what I am eating
    worst- snacks don’t come inconvenient wrappers

  11. Bean Avatar

    Best: feeling like I am 20 years younger than I am.  
    Worst: listening to people whine about their health problems but then look at me like I am nuts because of how I eat (while I am running circles around them). 

  12. Christy Avatar

    Best: not catching every little cold that passes by!

    Worst: the time it takes to do everything from scratch

  13. Jennifer Avatar

    Best: being much more hormonally stable and being able to be creative in the kitchen and share that with others! (www.unrefinedkitchen.com)
    Worst: not being able to eat french bread and raised doughnuts… P.S. if anyone has a great doughnut recipe, let me know! 🙂

  14. EllieMae Avatar

    Best: knowing that I am giving my unborn baby the best possible start in life
    Worst: navigating family get-togethers and all of that unhealthy food that all my family members so lovingly prepared

  15. Amy Avatar

    Best: Teaching my girls to treat their bodies with respect and watching them learn to love “weird” food.
    Worst: Not being able to eat out (convenience).

  16. Melissa Avatar

    Best:  I LOVE BUTTER!  Now I know it’s a healthy fat, as long as I consume pastured!

    Worst: No more chocolate chip cookies.  🙁

  17. Karyn Avatar

    Best: knowing I’m feeding my kids well and giving them a good health foundation.
    Worse: Trying to figure out how to afford this way of eating!

    1. Rhea Avatar

      RIGHT!!!!???? If there is a Kroger in your area go there ASAP. It has been a LIFE SAVER with my $$$$$. Their Simple Truth Organic line is AMAZING and AMAZINGLY affordable. In a lot of cases CHEAPER than the conventional stuff. exp… Organic balsamic vinegar dressing $1 CHEAPER than the hidden valley ranch dressing!!!!!

  18. Balmi Avatar

    Best:  It’s a tie between butter and coconut oil.
    Worst:  Trying to convert my kids to a healthy way of eating.

  19. vick Avatar

    Best: Not throwing up everything I eat (turns out my body can’t digest gluten, who knew! )
    Worst: Having to justify all the healthy things I buy to my very not-interested-in-health-but-very-interested-in-our-budget husband. (Sometimes one income households suck!)

    1. Amanda Avatar

      I have finally got the hubs not comparing a handful of items, he will grab the organic when I ask.

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