Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Mix in a clear glass Weck jar. A silver spoon rests neatly inside the jar with two spears of fresh green onion sitting next to the jar.

Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing

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Make Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing in just minutes with ingredients you already have on hand! This is the perfect recipe to use for dips, dressing, rubs, and more!

This recipe is easy to make in small or large batches and is perfect for gifting too. Because the recipe uses all dry ingredients, it can be stored in your spice drawer without the worry of it going bad.

Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Mix in a clear glass Weck jar. A silver spoon rests neatly inside the jar with two spears of fresh green onion sitting next to the jar.

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Why make homemade dry ranch dressing

I use to buy powdered ranch dressing mix at the store. Over the years I have slowly eliminated the need to buy these things pre-made and have chosen to make them from scratch instead. They taste so much better, they don’t contain ingredients I can’t pronounce and I know the quality of the ingredients I am using are just better.

A womans hand is holding a packet of store-bought dry ranch dressing seasoning mix in the grocery store. The ingredients on the back of the store-bought ranch mix have been circled to show the harmful ingredients.

Ingredients and Supplies

Ingredients you’ll need for this recipe

  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Parsley
  • Dill Weed
  • Chives
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • see the variations and substitutions section for alternatives to this recipe. The chives were added to this recipe later. They add a bit of extra flavor but it’s ok to omit.

Most grocery stores carry these items in the spice section. If you shop in some of the big box stores, you can buy larger quantities for a much better price. The brand of ingredients you choose is up to you. I don’t have a preference, but I do try to always buy organic.

Another option is growing your own herbs and dehydrating them. I use this option in the summer since my herb garden explodes and I want to preserve the harvest the best I can.

A white plate with small neat piles of freeze dried herbs and spices used for making homemade dry ranch dressing. A wooden tablespoon sits onto of the plate with minced chives sitting inside.


  • Bowl
  • Measuring spoons (small batch)
  • Measuring cups (larger batches)
  • Mixing spoon
  • Storage jar with an airtight lid

Individual Serving Size versus Large Batch

Individual Serving Recipe

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/ teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 chives (optional)

Large Batch Recipe (perfect for gifting or food storage)

  • 1 cup garlic powder
  • 1 cup onion powder
  • 1/2 cup dill weed
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup chives
  • 4 Tablespoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper

Fresh Herbs versus Dried Herbs

Dried herbs seem to have a more concentrated flavor than fresh herbs do. If you decide to make this recipe using fresh herbs, use it immediately. You’ll also want to double or triple the recipe to achieve the same results you’d get with dried.

I prefer to use dried herbs because I like to make a large batch of this at a time so I have it when I need it. But this is a personal preference.

three separate piles of freshly cut chives, parsley and basil from the garden resting neatly on the table. The herbs are a gorgeous vibrant green color.

How To Make Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing

  • Step 1- Combine herbs and seasonings into a glass jar with an airtight lid.
  • Step Two- Once all ingredients have been added, shake the jar to mix.
  • Step Three- Use immediately to make ranch dressing or dip, or store in a pantry or spice drawer for later use.

Find the measurements and full printable recipe below.

This recipe is simple, gluten-free, dairy-free, and keto friendly! Making your own ranch dressing mix makes it easy to customize to your dietary needs.

I also created a how-to-make homemade dry ranch dressing video tutorial.

How To Store Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing

I like to store my spices and herbs in a drawer in my kitchen. They keep longer when stored in a cool dark place and in an airtight container.

Weck jars are one of my favorite ways to store them. They look nice and are multi-purpose. They are also perfect for gifting. The tulip jars are my favorite style for this.

A womans hand is holding an empty clear glass Weck canning jar.


  • Homemade Buttermilk Ranch– Add 1/3 cup of dry buttermilk powder or fresh buttermilk (when mixing to make dressing). If you are adding buttermilk powder, you’ll need to store this powdered homemade dry ranch seasoning in the fridge.
  • Homemade Low Sodium Ranch Mix– omit the salt from the mix recipe.
  • Basil Ranch Dressing Mix– add dried basil.


  • Onion Powder– Interchangeable with onion flakes if that’s what you have on hand. You can also make your own onion powder with dried onion flakes by processing them in a food processor or blender.
  • Garlic Powder– If you don’t have garlic powder but have garlic salt, use that instead. Just eliminate the salt from the recipe.
  • Chives– If you can’t find dried chives at the grocery store for a decent price, it’s ok to omit them. This is something I added to the recipe later on and adds a bit of extra flavor but you do not have to add them. I have also found that dried chives can be quite pricey. So make your own, or leave it out. The taste is amazing regardless.

How To Use Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing

*2 Tablespoons of dry ranch dressing mix is equal to 1 packet of store-bought dressing mix*

Ranch Dressing– Mix 2 cups of sour cream with 1 cup of mayonnaise. Add 2 Tablespoons of homemade ranch mix and whisk. Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup milk and whisk until smooth. Can add up to 1 cup of milk depending on the preferred consistency of dressing. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon and mix again until smooth.

Ranch Dip– Mix 2 cups of sour cream with 1 cup of mayonnaise and 2 Tablespoons of seasoning mix. Whisk until fully incorporated. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon and mix until smooth.

a clear jar with homemade creamy white ranch dressing inside. A tan linen napkin sits nearby.

How To Store When Mixed

After your powdered ranch dressing seasoning has been mixed with wet ingredients for dip or dressing, you will need to store it in an airtight container. This dressing stores great for up to 3 weeks. No remixing is required!



Storage & long-term storage options

Dehydrating fresh herbs

Growing fresh herbs in a small space

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Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing Mix in a clear glass Weck jar. A silver spoon rests neatly inside the jar with two spears of fresh green onion sitting next to the jar.

Homemade Dry Ranch Dressing

Yield: 2 3/4 cups homemade dry ranch powder
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

A delicious homemade dry ranch dressing that is easy to mix up for salad dressing, dips and more! Easy to make large batches for gifts and food storage. Dairy-free, gluten free and keto friendly recipe.


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • *mixed with wet ingredients this will yield roughly 2 cups*
  • 1/2 cup garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup onion powder
  • 1/4 cup dill weed
  • 1/4 cup parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup chives
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 1 Tablespoons black pepper


  1. Mix all dry ingredints together in a bowl.
  2. Transfer to airtight storage container until ready to use.
  3. See notes below for how to mix into salad dressing or ranch dip.



  • Add 1 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup regualr mayonaise to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons homemade dry ranch dressing mix.
  • Next add juice of half a lemon and 1/2 cup of milk.
  • Whisk together until fully incorporated.
  • Transfer to a storage container or squeeze bottle and refridgerate until needed.

To Use for RANCH DIP:

  • Add 1 cup of sour cream, 1/2 cup regualr mayonaise in a mixing bowl.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons homemade dry ranch dressing in to the bowl with wet ingredients.
  • Mix until incorporated.
  • Whisk in the juice of a half a lemon.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


  • Can omit chives (this was added to the recipe later. It adds flavor but tastes great without too).
  • Can substitute onion flakes for onion powder.
  • Use garlic salt and omit the salt that is added sperarately.


  • Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
  • Use homemade mayonaise instead of store bought for an even healthier alternative.


I hope you enjoy this recipe for delicious homemade dry ranch dressing mix. Let me know in the comments some ways you like to use this recipe.


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