Ranch Dressing Mix

We’re a ranch dressing family. It goes on salads (of course), steak and chicken wraps, baked potatoes, and sometimes even in cheesy potato casserole.  It’s also a dunkin’ must for the snack lunch tray.

Ranch dressing mix is one of those DIY cooking projects that can be thrown together so quickly and tastes so good, you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with the bottle!


What do you put your ranch on?

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  1. You could use fresh herbs in this for a fresher taste. 🙂 You could add them not to the mix but to the individual bottle. You could use freshly minced garlic too.

    • Oh, I know. I’m just not a fresh herbs girl right now. That’s on my “maybe someday” list. And I really like the convenience of having the mix ready to go in the freezer. Not sure how that would work with the fresh herbs.

      • You would just run out to your garden and grab a handful of herbs everytime you made a fresh bottle. 🙂 I cannot grow things. I am not a gardener. But I can do herbs.

        My husband is ill if I use dried garlic or onions, so I have to find other ways to add flavor, and I found I like the other fresher ways better.

  2. @MandieD79 says:

    I need to try this! Not a mayo fan, so I think all sour cream plus milk would be good for me. I’ve used the packet ranch before that way & love it. Thank you!

  3. That sounds so good! One of my aunts uses part mayo, part sour cream, and part cottage cheese. It has been her secret ingredient for years and she finally told us. Once she had it all smoothed out, we couldn’t tell what it was. I don’t keep dill weed in my spice cabinet, I guess now there is one more thing to add to my shopping list! 🙂 Thanks for your recipe Amy.

  4. I used lots of ranch dressing and dip as a spread in deli meat sandwiches, especially turkey or chicken ones, when I was sending them out for lunches. It makes for a nice change from mayo. Like you, I also love it as a veggie dip.

  5. My recipe is a lot like yours! I mostly just use sour cream to make it. I like that it’s a little thick plus if you let it chill out in the fridge awhile before serving, makes it so much better!

  6. Carrie Ann says:

    Fresh dill is $$$$. This year I grew it from seed without any trouble but it does not handle this southern climate very well…..think next summer I’ll harvest it mid June and dry it for later use so I don’t waste the plants.

  7. Melissa says:

    I love to use the powdered ranch mix in my ground beef for hamburgers (mix it in before making the patties). I wonder how this would work with that – anyone?? May have to try it. Hmm….

    • I’ve done that, too. Yum. 🙂 Not sure how this would work, though. I’d have to look at the powdered stuff to see what ingredients are in there that aren’t in mine.

  8. Love this! Will do it…so many store-bought ranch dressings have MSG in them!

  9. OK. YUM.

  10. When I was going dairy-free for David, I just thinned out mayo with a little water and dumped in homemade ranch dressing mix. It made a great dressing or dip without me worrying about it hurting him!

  11. Has anyone tried this using vegenaise? I do not use mayonaise.

  12. Do you think you could substitute Greek Yogurt for the sour cream? I think I need to try this!

  13. This sounds great and I LOVE the convenience of having the mix in the freezer. Do you think the measurement of 2.5 -3 tsp. would equal that in the packet? For example, if a recipe calls for a packet of ranch dressing mix.. could you use 2.5-3 tsp of this mix and call it even?

    Nice to be able to PRONOUNCE every ingredient in this recipe– as opposed to the “blue and green packet” 🙂

    • Good question. Do you know how much mayo/sour cream the packet calls for? I would compare that to this (1 1/2 cups) to see if it’s similar. I bet it’s close.

  14. I am adding this to my favorites in my recipes folder. This looks so easy and my kids LOVE ranch. But both Owen and Ben have red skin around their mouths after eating it. I am going to try this homemade version and see if I can get rid of the reaction. Thanks!

    • Oh, ouch! Let me know if it works… and if it does, that’s almost a little bit scary to know there’s “something” in the processed stuff!

  15. I am a ranch lover, i put it on my baked potatoes, steak, salads, fries, pizza, everything/anything pretty much!
    what you compare the taste of this ranch recipe too? lol…longhorn? perkins? {i love those restaurant ranches specifically} {and even have gone as far as asking them how/where they get it/make it}…
    i like kens salad dressing in the stores, and hidden valley…

  16. judy holdsworth says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe for ranch dressing. I have, however, tried looking everywhere for how long you can keep the homemade (or even powdered mix) in the refrigerator and can’t find the answer. Do you have one?


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