Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix

Make your own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix for dressings and dips. No MSG. foodiewithfamily.com When I shared my Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos recipe two weeks ago, I suggested using homemade dry ranch dressing mix in the seasoning. I then received several kind but confused emails from readers asking just where on  FWF they could find this recipe. Um, oops? I hadn’t published it yet. Today, I make it right by giving you Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix.

Our family has an annual bunny bread tradition for Easter Sunday. The day before Easter, I bake a bread shaped like a bunny. When we get back from church, I cut the belly of the bunny out, put a bowl in filled with Ranch dip, and surround the bunny bread with ‘bunny food': carrot and celery sticks, broccoli and cauliflower florets, cucumber slices, olives (do bunnies eat olives? In my world they do.), green onions, and snow pea pods. The boys rip off pieces of the bunny bread and dunk the pieces (and vegetables) in the dip with great enthusiasm. They anticipate this even more than their baskets. It is entrenched tradition, people.

I’ve spent a small fortune on Ranch dressing mix over the years. Yes, I’m familiar with the canisters of the mix which are far more economical than the little paper packets, but still, the volume of Ranch my family goes through is a little indecent. I caught one of my boys trying to drink Ranch dressing with a straw once, if that’s any indication…

Our not-so-little family is blessedly free of food sensitivities, but we have some dear relatives and friends who are not and they love Ranch, too. Ranch dressing mix presents some problems for them so I started playing around with homemade Ranch. Making Ranch dressing from fresh herbs is a no-brainer. It’s delicious and nutritious and a decidedly summer indulgence. Making Ranch dressing from scratch in the winter months when fresh herbs are scarce and/or expensive purchases at the grocery store is another story. Besides this, my kids just plain favour the dressing and dip made from dry mix. They insist it’s ranch-ier. I aim to please.

The beauty of Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix is that it’s always ready… waiting for you. All you need is a jar, a cup of milk, a cup of mayonnaise, a little whisking, and VOILA!… you have a jar full of the good stuff. A whole two cups of Ranch dressing mix that’s indistinguishable from it’s commercially purchased counterpart.

“BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!” as the trustworthy British infomercial salesman says… This mix does more than just dressing! It may not slice and dice for you, but it is fantastic in Ranch dip, added to bread dough (for Ranch seasoned bread and then croutons from the aforementioned bread), on homemade Cool Ranch Doritos, and mixed into sour cream to top a baked potato, among other things. It’s like the little black dress of the kitchen.

Anyone for  a salad?

Make your own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix for dressings and dips. No MSG. foodiewithfamily.com

Cook’s Notes:

  • Dried Buttermilk is the trickiest ingredient to find for this recipe and it’s not all that hard to get. You can look at local bulk foods or baking supplies shops, health food stores, King Arthur Flour, or (amazon affiliate link) from Amazon.com. You can use buttermilk powder in baked goods, too, so don’t worry about it being a culinary one trick pony.
  • If you’re dealing with folks who don’t like to see visible flecks of anything recognizable as an herb in their dressing, you can pulverize all of them when you blend the powder together. I like to replicate the little flakes of parsley in the commercial mix because that’s what my kids like, so I reserve some aside and whisk them in at the end. Either way, it’s all good.
  • Store your mix in a tightly sealed container at cool room temperature in a dark place (inside a cabinet) where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate wildly for optimal storage. If it clumps in storage break it up with a fork before blending with mayonnaise and milk.
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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
For the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix:
  • ⅓ cup dry buttermilk powder
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes, divided
  • 2 ½ teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 ½ teaspoons granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill weed
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher or sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked or ground black pepper
For Dressing Made from the Mix:
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
To Make the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix:
  1. Put the buttermilk, 1 ½ tablespoons of the parsley flakes, granulated garlic and onion, onion flakes, dill weed, chives, salt, and pepper in the carafe of a blender. Pulse about 8 to 10 times, or until the onion flakes, parsley, and chives are broken down very small and almost powdered like commercially available ranch dressing mix. Stir in the remaining parsley flakes and transfer to a jar with a tight fitting lid. Store the mix in a tightly lidded container at cool room temperature in a dark place for up to 6 months. You may need to break up clumps from time to time. Shake the closed container to do so, or use a fork to break apart especially tenacious clumps.
To Make Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:
  1. Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients until smooth and refrigerate for 30 minutes prior to serving. Use this dressing within 1 week of being made.

Looking for an easy way to get all the ingredients for this dressing delivered to your door? My darling Amazon.com can get it to you pronto. (These are all Amazon affiliate links.)
Buttermilk PowderParsley FlakesDill Weed Granulated GarlicGranulated OnionMinced Onion FlakesDried ChivesKosher saltBlack Peppercorns



  1. MaryG says

    Love the idea of making my own mix – those packets are crazy expensive. Once questions though – the buttermilk powder I have says to store in the refrigerator once opened. Is that just this brand, or are they just being extra cautious? Can I actually store this at room temp?

    • says

      Close, Chris… They’re close! Granulated garlic and onion are a slightly coarser grind which I find preferable to garlic and onion powder. It’s still “ground” and still disappears into things but I think the flavour is better!

  2. says

    I’ve never seen buttermilk powder, but then I’ve never looked for it either. I love the idea of having recipes like this tucked away because you never know when a recipe is going to call for a quirky ingredient like ranch dressing. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. Rie says

    Think I will make a batch up and then gift some to my niece and brother. They love ranch.
    For people looking for dried buttermilk, check out the BAKING aisle, near the baking powders/sodas. Mine, like MaryG’s, says to store in refrigerator after opening, but states for “maximum shelf life”. If you with be using it up quickly (within a few weeks) I would think it would be ok out of the frige.

  4. says

    I love making my own dressing and mixes. It’s so much fun, like science class or something. I need to give this one a whirl. I can imagine so many uses for it. Love all the photos.

  5. Lisa says

    I make this all the time with homemade yogurt, which is incredibly simple to do for those of you who are where I was a few years ago!! You can do it!

  6. says

    Okay, now I want to make ranch dressing. I always stay away from it as it is loaded with sugar, and oozes out of a bottle. Thanks for making it easy for me! Now I need to bake a pizza to dip into this heavenly delight.

  7. T says

    I use Penzey’s ranch spice mix; I bet this would save me a ton of money!! I sub plain nonfat greek yogurt for 1/2 the mayo to help even further with calling it healthy.

  8. says

    Thanks for this! I’ve made a couple different versions but mostly it’s just the herbs and garlic. I hope I can source the dried buttermilk. We definitely don’t have ranch packets (or even good prepared bottles) of ranch here in Australia so it’s either make it from scratch or carry it back in luggage after a visit to the US hoping that Aussie customs doesn’t take it away. Making it is just so much simpler!

  9. says

    Excellent, although Hidden Valley hates you now :)

    I like to make my fire roasted chile ranch dressing and dip from scratch but never even thought about trying to make a dry mix. Great idea. I’d have to dehydrate the chiles after roasting and peeling but that’s not a big deal.

    Great post! Have a great weekend.

  10. Kathy's says

    This is GREAT! Just made it, and I will never buy the other kind ( highly processed with too many ingredients i don’t need) again! Thank you!


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