For years I made all our salad dressing from scratch like this Italian Dressing. Then I started buying those handy packets of ranch dressing mix. However, I recently remembered that I used to make my own ranch dressing mix. This inspired me to get all the right spices out and made up a quick batch. I had forgotten how simple it was and the convenience of having a jar of this mix ready to go. It’s great for salad dressing, dip, a topping for popcorn, or a seasoning for roasted potatoes. So many ways to enjoy it!

Ranch Dressing Mix

  • 3 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dried parsley
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
  • 1/3 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder

I like to set all the spices for a spice blend out on the countertop and double check that I have all of them on hand. As I measure each one into the jar or bowl I put it back in the cabinet. Not only does this keep my workspace tidy it helps me make sure I didn’t miss anything.

Measure each spice and seasoning into a bowl. You don’t have to make separate piles of each ingredients but I like to give myself extra points when I do. Mix the spices and seasonings really well and pour them into a jar. Be sure to label the jar. I also write the recipe to make salad dressing on the back of the jar so I don’t have to look it up later. This is handy for any mix or blend you use as a recipe.

Spices for Ranch Dressing Mix.
Ranch Dressing Mix in jar.

Make Your Dressing

To make a batch of Ranch Dressing with the mix, combine 2 tablespoons of mix, 1 cup of mayonnaise, and 1 cup of milk or buttermilk. I like to use half a cup of mayonnaise and half a cup of yogurt in mine. This cuts down on the fat, adds some extra tang, and give you the benefits of yogurt. Buttermilk isn’t something I always keep on hand so when I’m making the dressing with plain milk I use the yogurt swap.

Making Ranch Dressing from mix.
Mixing Ranch Dressing.

Be sure to scoop down to the bottom of the jar of mix because the spices can settle underneath the dried parsley. Another tip I have is to combine the dry mix with the mayonnaise before adding the milk or buttermilk. Then slowly add the liquid to thin down the mayonnaise mixture. I often use a wide mouth mason jar for mixing and storing the dressing so I can easily seal the jar for storage.

Adding buttermilk to Ranch Dressing from mix.
Ranch Dressing from mix.
Ranch Dressing from mix in jar.

Customize Your Mix!

This recipe is perfect for customizing! If you love dill in your ranch dressing, then add some dried dill! In the summer you can substitiute fresh parsley, dill, or any other herb you might be growing. Change things to your taste, take out or reduce one of the seasonings. Add some Dijon mustard or fresh lemon juice. Stir in some crumbled blue cheese if you want. The possibilities are endless!