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. Zoey Avatar

    How much of this mix would I use if I wanted to use it in a recipe that called for one envelope of ranch salad dressing mix?

  2. Leslie A. Avatar
    Leslie A.

    Can I equally substitute “granulated” garlic onion for the “powder”?

  3. Samuel griffin Avatar
    Samuel griffin

    5 stars
    I don’t really ever make stuff, but this looks good. I am going to give it a shot and let you know how it turns out.

  4. Aly M Avatar

    just wondering how i would use this as a substitute in a crock pot recipe. should i add the yogurt and coconut milk or just the dry ingredients? thank you.

  5. Mary Avatar

    Equal parts of cottage cheese and plain Fat Free Greek Yogurt will also work. Use 1 cup of each and put in a food process and process until smooth and mixed then add what is equal to one packet of dry ranch dressing mix. It is delicious but the store bought has unwanted ingredients. That is why I emailed you and asked for a dry seasoning mix and you gave me what you use. Thanks again.

  6. Sonja Avatar

    Any dairy free alternative to coconut milk? I loathe coconut and can taste the tiniest bit in anything. It also seems to bother Hubby’s stomach but he needs dairy free!

  7. Kathie Arias Avatar
    Kathie Arias

    I can’t believe all the unnatural ingredients dressings have. Homemade ANYTHING beats everything at the grocery store. I tend to make it with only Greek yogurt but I like the idea of using coconut milk as well. I will be giving this a try very soon! Thank you for the recipe and tips!

  8. Eddie Avatar

    Thanks so much for this powdered ranch mix recipe! But I’m not clear on the mixing instructions:
    To make into Ranch Dressing, mix 1 Tablespoon of this mix with 1/3 cup homemade mayo or Greek Yogurt and 1/4 cup Coconut Milk. Does that mean mayo or yogurt, and coconut milk? Or mayo, and yogurt or coconut milk?

  9. Tara Avatar

    Best: Having more energy, feeling “lighter”
    Worst: Not being able to get my family on board

  10. Jade Avatar

    Worst: Giving up wheat and all foods containing gluten and still having allergic reactions, and dreading to know what else I love that my body now rejects….

  11. Theresa Kelliher Avatar
    Theresa Kelliher

    Is there a substitute for coconut milk? My husband notices anytime I use coconut, even when I cook meat in coconut oil and use a lot of spices. He swears he can taste it and refuses to eat whatever I cooked.

  12. Julie Avatar

    I’d like to begin eating this way but it’s overwhelming. Where should I start?

  13. Carri Avatar

    What happened to the powdered Buttermilk in the Ranch dressing mix??

  14. Mary Beth Avatar

    5 stars
    This is so much better than the store version! I can’t stomach that anymore. It just tastes like chemicals to me. Sharing this with my mom that is addicted to ranch….

  15. Lori Ann Avatar

    A few questions about the recipe… on the last line, do you use the coconut milk whether you’re combining with Greek Yogurt or mayonnaise, or only with the Greek yogurt?

    Is the dill leaf fresh? I don’t know that I’ve ever seen that; is it with other fresh herbs?


    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      I use the coconut milk with either one to get the desired texture. Fresh or dried dill will work and I usually use dried unless fresh is growing in the garden.

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