Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix



I am a little ashamed (but only a little), to admit that I have become something of a dressing snob. This recipe is partly to blame. I got it from a friend a few years ago and have never looked back. The stuff in the plastic bottles just doesn’t cut it anymore, it tastes bitter to me.

It is creamy and flavorful and tastes, well, fresh. It is not as thick and gloppy as store bought ranch dressing, so it coats your salad more evenly. Every time I serve it to people who are used to bottled dressing, they comment on how good it is. Every time. That says something people! Give it a try. You won’t be sorry. And your salad will thank you.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

2 Tbsp black pepper
2 Tbsp dry minced garlic
2 Tbsp dry minced onion
2 Tbsp garlic salt
2 Tbsp onion salt
6 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
1-2 Tbsp Accent (optional)

Mix all ingredients together and store in a small bowl or Ziploc bag. Makes enough for about 12 batches of dressing.
To make dressing, whisk till smooth:
1-2 Tbsp of dry mix
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream (I use fat free)
3/4 cup buttermilk

-You can use all buttermilk in place of the sour cream/buttermilk mix, but the dressing will be pretty thin.
-I rub the parsley flakes between my hands to smash them into smaller pieces. You could use a mortar and pestle, but I don’t have anything fancy like that.
-I use light mayo for some recipes, but not this one! I tried it one time and thought I was going to puke was not happy with the results. Also, DO NOT substitute Miracle Whip for the mayonnaise. Ever. Trust me, you will be very sorry.
-I realize that the thought of ingesting Accent (MSG), causes some people to go into respiratory failure. I know it’s not good for you, but it really does make the dressing taste better. (It’s a flavor enhancer for crying out loud.) If I do add it, I only use the 1 Tablespoon. To be honest, I almost always leave it out, and I just add a little more of the dry mix to the dressing recipe. Even without it, this homemade ranch dressing beats the tar out of the bottled stuff.


  1. Thank you….can’t say it enough for this ranch recipe. I too will never, ever use anything with MSG beca use of migraines. Package ranch mix all have it, except health food store and that was tasteless. I’ll be trying this recipe along with the crockpot pork chops this week!

  2. Hi! This looks yummy! I just realized I dont have dry minced garlic…can i use the minced garlic kind that comes in a jar? Thanks!

    • No, it has moisture in it, so the mix would clump together, and probably get moldy. You would be better off using 1-2 tablespoons of garlic powder instead. Hopefully you have some of that on hand. 🙂

  3. Hi! I found this recipe on Pinterest (surprise, surprise…hahaha) and made it tonight. Oh my goodness! I will NEVER buy bottled dressing again! My husband, who is very picky about his ranch dressings, LOVED it! In fact, he said if he could, he would just drink the stuff. LOL! I doubled the recipe and was able to put it all in a quart sized mason jar so it should keep for awhile. Thanks for such a great recipe!

  4. Sarah Blair says:

    I love the idea of making my own ranch dressing mix, so thank you for sharing.
    I just wanted to point out though, that MSG is not only bad for you (very, very) for many people (myself included) it will send them into a major migraine or other health episode. There is a reason that all the Chinese restaurants now post “NO MSG” signs on their menus. It is, of course, your choice if you want to use it in your own cooking, but if you make this and serve it to others, you should always let them know that you added MSG. If I were eating homemade salad dressing, I would assume that it was MSG free and therefore safe for me to eat. I actually have never even heard of anyone keeping MSG at their home and using it to cook with. But, I guess there are always surprises!

    • Thanks Sarah! I actually hardly ever add the Accent, but definitely not when I will be serving it to people outside my family. You just never know who has food sensitivities, so I’m always careful!

  5. Anonymous says:

    There are many recipes (on Pinterest, of course 😉 for homemade “cream of _____” soups that are healthier. Wondering if I could use powdered instant buttermilk (although I haven’t looked at the ingredients, might well be horrifying?) in the mix??

    • Years ago I tried mixing it up with the powdered buttermilk. It didn’t thicken up. It might work if you used more sour cream, less liquid, but I’m not sure. I recommend using real buttermilk for the best results! 🙂

  6. I was wondering how long the prepared dressing will keep in the fridge. I am excited to try it 😉

  7. Do you know the calorie count for your home made Ranch Dressing?

  8. By the way, tried the Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops, but with chicken–AMAZING! 😀 We eat more chicken than we do pork, and it was REALLY delish!! Also… I could drink this dressing, it’s so darn good! THANK you, thank you, thank you!

  9. Just found your site through Pinterest! GOT to try this!! I’m also going to have to scan through the rest of your recipes. So far, you seem to be of the same mindset as me. Yes, eat healthy and whole most of the time, but it’s not going to kill us to eat a can of cream of … soup from time to time!! 😉 Everything in moderation! I’m trying the pork chops next week! I wonder how that recipe is with chicken breasts?? Thank you!!

  10. I love your comments preempting all those who have nothing better to do than criticize what you (and other recipe/home bloggers) work so hard to put out. Love them!

    I’m going to try this, with and without the Accent. I use ranch mix quite often for crockpot recipes, so this is right up our alley.


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