Healthy Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix Recipe

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Homemade ranch seasoning mix

Learn How to Make Ranch Seasoning From Scratch

I love this homemade ranch seasoning recipe, it’s so easy to make and I usually have most of the ingredients on hand. There are a few reasons why you may want to keep this homemade ranch seasoning mix recipe around:

  • In case a recipe comes up that requires ranch seasoning but don’t have the store-bought packets on hand.
  • You want to have more control over the ingredients that go into your dishes.
  • You want to save money by making your own ranch seasoning in bulk.

Ingredients for homemade ranch seasoning recipe

Ranch Seasoning Mix Ingredients

The ingredients in this homemade ranch seasoning recipe are all simple and pronounceable. The most popular store-bought Ranch seasoning packets include MSG and other ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Making your own seasoning can definitely be a healthier option.

Also, if you have an allergy or dietary needs that keep you from enjoying store-bought Ranch dressing, this homemade may work better for you. Either way, this seasoning mix recipe is worth saving and trying out!

Blending the ranch seasoning mix

Where to Find Dry Powdered Buttermilk

Dry powdered buttermilk is often found in the grocery store near the dry powdered milk or canned evaporated milk. It comes in handy for making other recipes that call for buttermilk too – just add water!

Once opened, the powdered buttermilk does need to be refrigerated, which is why this seasoning mix needs to be refrigerated as well.

FYI. The 1/3 cup powdered buttermilk is about 16 carbs, so I estimate that it would be less than 3 carbs in 1 tablespoon of the seasoning mix.

How to make ranch seasoning

Getting the Right Consistency

Keep the seasoning mix as is or pulse it for a finely-ground consistency. Either way works. As is has more texture and finely-ground is more of a powder.

Spoonful of homemade ranch seasoning mix

What do you think of this homemade ranch seasoning mix?

This homemade Ranch seasoning mix isn’t exactly the same as the store-bought Ranch dressing that you may be used to, but it is pretty close and still tastes delicious! Plus, if you don’t have ranch seasoning packets on hand, this recipe can save you a trip to the store!

Note: Feel free to leave the dry buttermilk out of the seasoning mix if you would like to use fresh buttermilk or a buttermilk substitute in the dressing, or if you would like to use just the spices and keep it dairy-free.

measuring spoons

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Ranch seasoning recipe

Homemade ranch seasoning mix

Healthy Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix Recipe

Use this homemade Ranch seasoning mix in recipes and make your own healthier Ranch dressing too! No MSG or weird ingredients!
4.58 / 5 ( 7 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 8
Adjust Servings: 8



  • Whisk all ingredients together. For a more finely-ground mix, pulse the mixture in a food processor or high-power blender. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.
  • To Make Ranch Dressing: Whisk together 1 tablespoon of seasoning mix, 1/3 cup mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt, and about 1/4 cup milk. Add more or less milk until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

3 tablespoons seasoning mix = 1 packet of store-bought seasoning mix


Calories: 32kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 321mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
Ingredients: Buttermilk, Chives, Dill, Garlic, Onion, Parsley, Pepper, Salt
Meal Type: Sauces, Spreads, and Dressings, Seasonings and Mixes, #StayHome, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto, Meatless
Categories: Copycat, DIY, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, No Bake

Comments & Reviews

  • I am vegan can you use powered coconut milk

    • I am not familiar with powdered coconut milk, so I’m not sure how different it would be. I suppose it depends on what you intend to use the mix for as well. If you are just using it to season recipes, you could just omit the powdered buttermilk and use the spices. If you want to use the seasoning for a dressing, you could omit it and use a fresh milk of your choice instead when you mix it all together. Buttermilk offers some of that traditional Ranch flavor, but I think it could still be good with a buttermilk substitute like coconut milk! Let us know how it goes if you try it out!

  • I’m excited to have this recipe Melanie! I’ve been wanting a cleaner ranch dressing to enjoy with my salads! Thanks for posting it!

  • Can I use whey protein isolate instead of buttermilk powder?

    • I’m not sure! I did an online search to see if there are substitutes out there for the buttermilk powder, but didn’t see any good options. Might depend on if the whey has flavor too. Maybe powdered milk would work? You can always omit the buttermilk powder and just use the spices. If you try it out with whey, let us know how it goes!

  • Is the nutritional information on this accurate? 33 carbs and 17 g protein per serving? Is a serving one tablespoon? Thanks for your help! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ok, I changed it to show serving size of 1 tablespoon! I was hesitant to do that because the serving size totally depends on what you’re using it for, but it makes more sense for the nutritional info to show it. Thanks, Jan!

  • Adding Milk (to use it as a salad dressing) makes it not Keto – can you use a nut milk like Almond or the like?

  • Instead of dry powdered buttermilk, could I use dry powdered whole milk instead? In the instruction, include using white vinegar to make it like it had buttermilk in it?

    I usually have the powdered milk on hand and would be easy.

    Also, this recipe says 2 tsp onion powder and 2 tsp dried minced onion. I only have the onion powder, could I combine the 2 ingredients using only the onion powder? How much onion powder would it be?
    Thank you! So good that you shared ranch seasoning recipe; love ranch dressing!

    • Hi, June! I haven’t tried this recipe with a powdered buttermilk substitute, but I did find some info online that makes it sound like it should work well!
      Substitute suggestions for buttermilk powder:
      Substitute 1 cup fresh buttermilk for 1/4 cup powder + 1 cup water.
      OR – Use 1 cup sour cream
      OR – For baking use 1 cup milk + 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
      OR – For 1 cup buttermilk you can combine 1/3 cup dry powdered milk + 1 cup of water, then add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes before using.

      Subbing onion powder for dried minced onion will affect the texture, but should be fine otherwise! You can try it out with 1 tsp powder in place of the 2 tsp dried minced onion.
      I hope it turns out well for you! Thank you!

  • How do you store this?

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