Close view of ranch dressing mix in a bowl with a metal whisk.

Whether you’re a salad enthusiast, a dip lover, or just looking to add a burst of flavor to your dishes, this powdered ranch dressing mix has got you covered. We love this mix because it’s super versatile—you can use it to flavor popcorn, add ranch flavor to casseroles and soups, or quickly mix it up with some mayo and sour cream to make the best-ever homemade ranch dressing!

Keep a stash of this ranch dressing mix in your pantry, and you’ll find a million ways to use it. Let’s mix some up!

Small jar of dry ranch dressing mix with baby carrots and snap peas alongside it.

What is dry ranch seasoning?

Dry ranch seasoning, also known as powdered ranch dressing mix, is a blend of dried herbs and spices like garlic, onion, dill, and parsley, typically mixed with buttermilk powder. Use it to make ranch dressing and dips, or as a flavorful seasoning for various dishes, adding a tangy, herby kick to your meals. It’s a kitchen essential for anyone who loves that classic ranch flavor!

What is ranch dressing mix made of?

To make this ranch seasoning, you’ll need:

  • Buttermilk powder
  • Dried herbs: parsley, dill, and chives
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper
Overhead of an open jar of ranch seasoning mix with a scoop in it with a plate of baby carrots and snap peas alongside.

What is buttermilk powder?

Buttermilk powder is a dried dairy product made by drying liquid buttermilk. It retains fresh buttermilk’s tangy and slightly creamy flavor while remaining shelf-stable. It’s a versatile ingredient, often used in baking, cooking, and making ranch dressing mixes. You can buy it in the baking aisle of most major supermarkets.

How to make homemade ranch seasoning mix

Gather up your ingredients, mix them together, and you’ve made yourself some ranch seasoning. That’s really all it takes!

How much ranch dressing mix equals a packet?

The store-bought packets of ranch mix contain about three tablespoons of dry ranch seasoning mix.

A hand holds a heaped tablespoon of homemade ranch dressing mix.

How to store this seasoning mix

This recipe makes a little under a cup of seasoning mix, which is the equivalent of about five grocery store packets. Unless you are having an all-out ranch party (and if so, can I come?), you’re going to have some leftovers! Store unused ranch seasoning mix in an airtight container, and it will be good at room temperature for up to six months.

How to use your homemade ranch mix

Other than using this seasoning mix to make an easy homemade ranch dressing, we love to use this mix for:

A hand dips a baby carrot into a small bowl of ranch.

How to make ranch dressing

To turn this seasoning mix into a homemade ranch salad dressing, whisk three tablespoons of mix into one cup of mayonnaise, 1/2 cup of sour cream or Greek yogurt (the plain kind!), 1/3-1/2 cup milk, and the juice of half a lemon.

We give a range for the amount of milk because it all depends on your desired consistency—more milk will thin out the dressing, making it easier to pour over a salad. But if you want it to be a little thicker to make it more dippable, use a lighter hand when adding the milk.

How to make ranch dip

For a thicker homemade ranch dip, just leave the milk out—blend three tablespoons of seasoning mix with one cup of mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt, and some lemon juice. If it is too thick for your liking, add milk a tablespoon at a time until the ranch feels perfectly dippable.

Protip: Swap smart!

Not a mayo fan? You can also mix three tablespoons of ranch mix with two cups (16 ounces) of sour cream to make a great dip for veggies, chips, or chicken tenders.

How long does this ranch seasoning last?

In an airtight container, this ranch seasoning will be good for up to 6 months.

Close view of ranch dressing mix in a bowl with a metal whisk.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Yield: 1 scant cup of mix (about 15 tablespoons)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Mix up a batch of this Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix to have on hand for quick and easy salad dressing or seasoning popcorn, sandwiches, and more!


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a medium size bowl. Mix until well combined. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.


  • Approximately three tablespoons of this mix equal one package of store-bought ranch dressing mix.
  • To make ranch dressing, combine 3 tablespoons of this mix with 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/2 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 to 2/3 cup milk (depending on how thick you’d like your ranch), and juice of half a lemon (optional). Stir well, and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving.
  • If you aren't a fan of mayo, you can mix 3 tablespoons of this mix with 2 cups of sour cream instead!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 20Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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