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Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! We went to church in the morning and then stuffed our faces with homemade manicotti and chocolate peanut butter pie for dessert (both recipes coming soon!)!

Ranch. It’s my favorite dressing aside from just oil and vinegar. I could eat it on salads, dip pizza or fries in it, use it for a veggie dip, pretty much everything! We go through a lot of the ranch seasoning packets in this house, mostly thanks to bi-weekly crockpot ranch chicken tacos. That stuff isn’t cheap!

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

I have made a few of my own seasonings this year including taco seasoning and pumpkin pie spice. Making your own seasonings is really simple and although it may seem like it costs more up front to buy each seasoning, it will save you in the long run. Being a food blogger, I already have a spice cupboard stuffed with every seasoning known to man. I love making our own seasonings, not just because it saves money, but also because I know there aren’t any unnecessary or weird ingredients.

You can make this ranch seasoning in a couple of ways. If you want to use it like the packet, then you will add powdered milk to the seasoning (as pictured). If you prefer to add your own fresh milk, you can just mix up the spices on their own. Totally up to you!

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Yield: About 3/4 cup of mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk or powdered buttermilk* (see note)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Store in an airtight container. You can also add everything to a food processor and grind to desired consistency if you want a more ground mix similar to the packet version.
  2. To make dressing, combine about 1 heaping tablespoon of the ranch seasoning with about 1/2 cup mayo or Greek yogurt and 1/3 cup milk or buttermilk to thin it out (I recommend using buttermilk flavor-wise).

2 tablespoons of the seasoning = 1 packet of ranch seasoning mix

If you prefer to always use fresh milk or buttermilk, you can omit the powdered milk.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning


13 Responses to “Homemade Ranch Seasoning”

  1. #
    Choc Chip Uru — April 21, 2014 at 5:42 am

    This seasoning would add to any dish any day :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — April 21, 2014 at 9:59 am

    This is genius! Ranch is one of my all-time favorite dressings. I can’t wait for the pb pie recipe.

    • Stephanie replied: — April 23rd, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

      Ranch is the best!

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    Liz — April 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    TERRIFIC recipe! It would make a cool holiday gift, too :)

    • Stephanie replied: — April 23rd, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

      Thanks, Liz! It would totally make a great gift!

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    Ashley — April 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    I love making homemade seasonings like this! We haven’t had ranch in forever since I hate buying the packets – I need to make this!

    • Stephanie replied: — April 23rd, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

      I know, I am trying to phase out all seasoning packets. The ranch ones have MSG in them!

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    Emily @ Life on Food — April 24, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Your little jars look so cute. Functional and decorative. It’s a win, win!

  6. #
    Francesca — April 24, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    This. is. genius. No ranch to be found, really anywhere in Europe, but especially in Holland. IMA MAKE IT NOW!

  7. #
    capturing joy with kristen duke — April 24, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    Just pinned, love this!

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    Ramona — April 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    I am a ranch-aholic!! I love this recipe. That photos with all the ingredients is so well done!! Kudos to you. :)

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    Anonymous — May 26, 2014 at 2:59 am

    I love making homemade seasonings like this!

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    anonymous — August 17, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    In the note reference section it advises the powder milk or buttermilk can be omitted, if preferred, however, if powdered milk is added to the dry mix does the preparation still require fresh milk or buttermilk or water with the mayo? Thanks for the clarification.

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