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!
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
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.
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:
- Chicken bacon ranch pinwheels
- Seasoning popcorn
- Adding flavor to roasted cauliflower or other veggies
- Flavoring pasta salad
- A dipping sauce for sausage balls
- Adding some tang to pizza squares
- Seasoning roasted pumpkin seeds
- Putting a twist on twice-baked potatoes
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.
How long does this ranch seasoning last?
In an airtight container, this ranch seasoning will be good for up to 6 months.