Keep this Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix on hand so you’re ready to make all the best salad dressings and recipes. Forget the Hidden Valley packets, rather mix together a few basic spices with dry buttermilk powder and store a jar in your pantry. Season up some chicken, dip, or toss with your favorite snacks for a simple treat.
Making seasoning mixes at home is so easy, they taste MUCH better, and they’re even healthier for you.
What started with this Taco Seasoning mix quickly evolved into me making ALL of them from scratch. From Chili Seasoning, Burger Seasoning, and Greek Seasoning, to Pumpkin Pie Spice and Apple Pie Spice, it never ceases to amaze me how easy they are to whisk up.
But probably the best to date has been this homemade ranch seasoning mix.
In case you haven’t noticed, the Hidden Valley packets actually contain quite a few additives and even MSG. If these are some ingredients you tend to avoid, then making this DIY recipe is your answer.
The ingredients are easy to find, and you can have it ready in less than 5 minutes!
(And once you’ve prepared it, you’ve GOT to make these Seasoned Ranch Pretzels next!!)
To make this homemade ranch seasoning recipe you need:
- Buttermilk powder. You should be able to find this in the baking aisle near the spices and seasonings section. If needed, sub in a dairy-free milk powder.
- Garlic powder. This is super important and is the base of the flavor in this mix.
- Onion powder. Another essential ingredient, don’t substitute anything else in.
- Dried parsley. Fresh and flavorful, dried parsley adds a nice balance to the savory garlic and onion.
- Dried dill. Ranch gets its unique flavor from dill, so don’t skip out on it.
- Dried chives. This herb is a bit harder to find at the grocery store but adds a lot if you can get your hands on some.
How to Make Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix
The basic steps for making this ranch seasoning mix are simple to follow:
You can either use a small bowl, or simply mix everything up in the jar you will be storing this blend in. Plus, there are less dishes that way.
Add the milk powder and all of the herbs to a bowl or jar.
Mix it Up
Once you have everything in the bowl, it’s time to stir.
Use a fork or small whisk to thoroughly mix everything together.
Storing Homemade Spice Blends
For the best results, keep homemade spice mixes in an airtight container.
Store this blend in a cool, dry space. Avoid areas like over a stove. A spice cabinet or a dry pantry are best.
You do not want too much open space in the container. It is best to choose one that just barely fits all of the spices.
These 4-ounce mason jars are my favorite to store DIY seasoning mixes in.
Ranch seasoning will last for up to 1-2 years if stored at room temperature in a cool, dry place.
Ranch seasoning mix is generally made up of a few pantry staples, like onion powder, garlic powder, dill, parsley, and chives along with milk powder.
Ranch typically refers to the dressing, which is in liquid form, while ranch seasoning is a dry mix used to flavor dips, protein, and snacks.
The main flavor in ranch is buttermilk and dill.
Expert Tips and Tricks
- Don’t sub. Both garlic and onion powder are essential, so don’t leave either out.
- Less is more. When it comes to dishes, at least. Mix this seasoning in the jar you will store it in.
- Know how much. While this recipe makes roughly ½ cup, you only need about 2 tablespoons at a time.
- Cool and dry. Keep the blend in a small, airtight container away from heat and humidity.
- Get creative. This mix is delicious on chicken, potatoes, or veggies, or mixed with sour cream and mayonnaise as a dip or dressing.
Recipes that Use Ranch Seasoning
The possibilities are endless when it comes to ways to use this seasoning mix.
These Ranch Seasoned Pretzels are the perfect party snack.
More DIY Seasoning Mix Recipes
Don’t stop at this ranch seasoning mix, try any of these other recipes next.
Chili Seasoning Mix is perfect to whip up a fall favorite.
Ranch Seasoning Mix Recipe
Keep this Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix on hand so you're ready to make all the best snacks. Forget the Hidden Valley packets, rather mix together a few basic spices with dry buttermilk powder and keep a jar in your pantry.
- ⅓ cup buttermilk powder or a dairy-free milk powder
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. onion powder
- 2 tsp. parsley dried
- 2 tsp. dill dried
- 1 tsp. chives dried, optional
- 1 tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. pepper
Add all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl or the container you will be storing the seasoning mix in.
Whisk everything together until well combined.
Use immediately or store in an airtight container in a cool and dry place for up to a year.
- This recipe makes ~½ cup of seasoning mix. One serving is 2 tablespoons.