The Best Homemade Ranch Recipe

Ranch is a staple around here, and in fact it gets it’s own spot on the food triangle.  Because Ranch is so important we have become Ranch Snobs.  We spend a lot of money on that white creamy goodness because we want the good stuff.  I have always preferred homemade dressings to store bought but have also bought plenty of bottles in my day.

 
Last week I came across a BYU Creamery Ranch Dressing recipe from “One Good Thing” by Jillee.  I have lived in Utah for almost 10 years and I had never had BYU’s Ranch.  But it looked pretty good so I thought I would give it a try.

WOW!

This ranch is AMAZING and has quickly became our new favorite.  We used LITE buttermilk, LITE sour cream and LITE mayo and it was STILL really good.  It didn’t taste at all like the lite version in the stores.  So much yummy ranch flavor!

Ingredients:
Black Pepper ¼ C
Parsley Flakes 1 1/2 C
Garlic Salt ½ C
Kosher Salt 2 Tbsp
Granulated Garlic ¼ C
Granulated Onion 3/4 C
Dill Weed 2 Tbsp

Procedure:
1. Combine all ingredients, store in an airtight container. Makes about 3 ½ cups of dry mix
2. To Make Dressing, whisk together 2 Tbsp of mix with 2 Cups each of mayonnaise and buttermilk 1 ½ Cups sour cream, & 1 tsp Lemon Juice. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Makes 1 ¾ Quarts
 
We bought all of the spices in the bulk section at WinCo (love that store) and spent about $2.50, THAT’S IT!
 
Start by putting all the dry ingredients into a gallon size zip bag
 
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I started with the bowl but found the zip bag made it much easier to mix all of the dry ingredients together.  Next time I will just put all the ingredients into a large mason jar and then just shake it.
 
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Put all of the wet ingredients in a bowl with  2 Tbsp of dry mix (This recipe makes a huge batch of dry mix so it will last a long time! BONUS!)
 
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Whip with a whisk till well combined.
 
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The recipe says to let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours but it is already nice and thick.  We tried to put it into a half gallon milk jug with a funnel but it was taking FOREVER because it was so thick.  So just carefully poor into jug (or whatever you are going to store it in.
 
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Now this picture is a little deceiving because it is not all the way full, I just shook it after we poured the ranch and so it looks full.  It was a little less then 2/3 full.
 
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But the dry mix did almost fill this mason jar.  I told you it made a ton!
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For dinner the next night we made homemade chicken nuggets (a family favorite) to really put the ranch to the test. It passed with flying colors.  This ranch is nice and thick (but not too thick – it still pours).
 
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So yummy!

UPDATE:  I have been asked a lot how long the ranch is good for, and I would go off of the expiration date of the buttermilk.  I have also been asked quite a bit for a smaller portion recipe.  You asked and I listened so here you go.  Click on the picture for a Smaller Portion Recipe of the Best Homemade Ranch!

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi there! Visiting from Flour Me With Love. So happy I dropped in. I’m a total ranch-a-holic. I can’t wait to make this. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with all of us. I would like to invite you to our Fabulous Friday link party. Starts on Friday & goes through Thursday. If you can make it I’d love to have you. Have a great week!

  2. says

    I’ve never made homemade ranch, but I think I may have to give it a try. Just pinned this for future reference. Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays. Rachel
    adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

    • says

      I don’t know exactly this is my first time making it. But the dry mix nearly filled a mason jar and it only take 2 Tbsp so I figure it will last quite a while.

  3. Anonymous says

    This ranch mix is the “BEST” I made it and now i make it all the time. I will never buy ranch dressing in the store ever again.

  4. says

    I have a recipe that calls for the powdered ranch packets, do you think I can just use this? I don’t like that the store ranch packets use MSG. Thanks! can’t wait to try it!

    • says

      I have used this seasoning mix instead of the packet with a couple recipes and I think it works out just fine. I stick to the 2 Tbsp. I hope you have good luck with it too!

      Thanks!

  5. Anonymous says

    I have the same question as stated above (How long does it last?) with a twist…I’d like to know how long it lasts once the dry mix is mixed with the wet ingredients…We have just a little bit left from our first batch (kids loved it)…the buttermilk I used would have been the first to expire…should I go by that date or does it not matter? Thanks.

    • says

      I have heard of substituting Yogurt for mayo before but I have never tried it with this particular recipe so I can’t say 100% yes but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I say try it and I would love to here if it worked!

    • Jenny says

      I tried it with a “buttermilk substitute” recipe (lemon juice and milk) because all the buttermilk from the store expire so quickly…it tastes just as good, it’s just really thin. I’m going to try making it with half and half to see if it gives it a thicker/similar feel while keeping the same taste as the buttermilk…

  6. says

    Uhm.. this is AMAZING!I love ranch, but once you’ve had the good stuff it’s hard to have the tangy, not very creamy stuff from the bottle. And it’s hard to spend that much on ranch mix, the good kind (;

    I love this! I wasn’t sure it would be very good, I mean it’s basic, simple ingredients but it is DELICIOUS! I’ve given out the recipe to everyone at work after they’ve tried it.

    I’ve also subbed it for ranch mix in recipes (like cheddar bacon ranch pasta, etc.) and it works great!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Anonymous says

    My family eats a lot of ranch, so I will give this recipe a try. My family has certain ones they will eat so I will see if they like this one.

    • says

      I found it in the bulk section at my grocery store. I think it is pretty much the same as garlic powder just a little bit more coarse. If you can’t find it I would substitute garlic powder. Thanks!

  8. Anonymous says

    I love the creaminess of the finished product. However, I think it is a bit heavy on the dill weed. I’m cutting it down to 2 tsp. in the mix.

  9. Dee Pelekai says

    This recipe is super yummy. I used minced garlic and chopped dehydrated onions. Also I read someone was gonna shorten the amount of dill cause it sounded like to much. I was thinking the same thing and I was even thinking the lemon juice would make it to tangy but I decided to first make it the original way I read it. Well I was wrong this is a awesome recipe and I wouldn’t change a thing.

  10. Anonymous says

    We are a family of 2. How can I cut the finished prouduct down. Your recipe makes a huge portion, it would last us a year! Recipe sounds wonderful. I could keep the dry ingredience for a long time.

  11. Anonymous says

    This recipe sounds great, I can’t wait to try it on my kiddo and see if she notices that it’s not Hidden Valley :) A tip for funneling it into a milk jug; cut a 20oz soda bottle in half and use the end with the lid (lid removed of course) to funnel thick liquids. the opening is bigger and it allows thick liquids to flow more freely :) Works great for pancake batter made ahead too!

  12. Anonymous says

    I have several recipes that use the Dry Hidden Valley Ranch Mix…One is for a cheeseball, another is for the marrinated oyster crackers..Have you tried anything like that with this mix???

    • says

      I would say to go by the date on the container of Buttermilk. But honestly one batch of this Ranch doesn’t last longer then 2 weeks in this house so no worries there. :)

    • says

      I would say to go by the date on the container of Buttermilk. But honestly one batch of this Ranch doesn’t last longer then 2 weeks in this house so no worries there. :)

  13. Anonymous says

    I made this today and LOVED it! I used small mason
    Jars and my daughter has already eaten half of one with some carrots! I loved t so much I decided to make another batch to give as gifts with the recipe card and two T of the mix for the recipient to make at a later date!

  14. Anonymous says

    Came across this recipe on Pinterest…I made it today and it is fantastic! I don’t think it really needs to chill as I thought it was great just freshly made. This is a keeper!

  15. says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe! I came across it on Pinterest. We are a family of 2 and I didn’t need quite that much dry mix made up so I made the recipe smaller. I also made it a lighter version. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out using the light ingredients but it was amazing…and this is coming from a RANCH SNOB! Here is the smaller quantities for those asking:
    1/2 TBS Black Pepper
    2 1/2 TBS Parsley Flakes
    1 TBS Garlic Salt
    3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
    1/2 TBS Garlic Powder(didn’t have granulated but this works fine)
    1 1/2 TBS onion powder(didn’t have granulated but his works fine)
    3/4 tsp Dill Weed

    Mix 1 TBS dry mix with:
    1 cup light mayo
    1 cup cultured low fat buttermilk
    3/4 cup light sour cream
    1/2 tsp lemon juice

    • Anonymous says

      I just made the recipe as first stated, but I don’t think we’ll be able to finish it in time ( we are a family of two as well ).Thank you so much Amanda for doing the math for me.

    • Anonymous says

      Yes, thank you!! I didn’t want to commit to making the full recipe off the bat and your recipe is perfect – delicious & just the right amount for 2 people! Thanks!

  16. says

    Hello again! I FINALLY managed to add your button to my blog post! Hurray!

    Also, so far my kids love this recipe! I mixed some up for a gluten free friend and she was so excited! I shared some mix with her and also the recipe!

    This recipe is like paying it forward with food! I love it!

    THANK YOU!!!

  17. says

    oh my goodness oh my goodness!!!!!! I am a huuuuge Hidden Valley ranch fa, but first off, I am lactose intolerant which means the dried buttermilk in it is a no-go, and I live in the UK so my only feasible ways of obtaining ranch powder are a. get my sister in law to bring it back when she visits family in the states or b. order it online. you’ve not just made my day, you’ve made my whole WEEK!!!!!

  18. says

    My kids are soooo picky about *only* Hidden Valley – but I am inspired! I’m going to give this a try and see if I can convince them it’s better. Wish me luck! :) ~Erika~

  19. Anonymous says

    If I can’t find the granulated garlic or onion. If I use the powdered versions what amount of each should I use or would it just be the same? We love good ranch and I can’t wait to try this recipe:) Celeste

  20. says

    I’m really curious to try this, because the *only* ranch I like is the semi-homemade Hidden Valley Ranch (the dry seasoning dressing packet mixed with mayo and I use plain milk instead of buttermilk). Wondering how it compares to HVR packet-made. I wonder why HVR pre-made ranch in the bottle doesn’t taste as good as the semi-homemade stuff!

    • says

      The packets of HV have a powdered buttermilk additive to make their product more sellable…meaning, it keeps people from having to buy buttermilk when most people have regular milk in the house. The only time I buy buttermilk is when I make fried chicken, so I get why they do that. When I tried this dressing, I had enough to make myself and my sister a jar – so I recommend making one for a friend or family member unless you go thru that much dressing, or you use buttermilk often. I suspect the needed preservatives, lack of fresh ingredients and mass production alter the taste :/

  21. says

    Made this mix. In my personal opinion, I definitely recommend blending it in a spice grinder otherwise the dill and parsley sit on top and you don’t get an even blend of spices. It’s worth trying. It tastes different than Hidden Valley, but it is just as tasty and worth the value! Very fresh tasting dressing…although I make 1/4 of the serving at a time…which still makes a 12 ounce mason jar of dressing!!! That’s plenty for my small family :) Thanks for the recipe!

  22. says

    This is WONDERFUL!! I love good ranch dressing, but hate all the bottled stuff at the grocery store!! BLEH!! This dressing is fabulous!! I now eat ranch on everything… dunk chips, veggies, sandwiches… have even poured it over pork chops and rice (yes, I am now addicted)!! I wonder what additions could made to make other variations; for example, I LOVE Litehouse brand jalepeno ranch dressing. So, need to play with how much jalepeno, taco seasoning, green onions, etc. to add to come close to that flavor.

    Thanks for sharing this recipe and totally changing my life!! :-)

    • Sam says

      Haven’t tried this recipe yet but saw someone comment on wanting to make it truly homemade by making homemade Mayo: Homemade Mayo is super simple! Just mix 1 cup of light tasting Olive Oil (or any oil really, but the stronger the oil the more it tastes like pure oil), 1 egg, about 1 tbls of lime juice (or more for flavor), 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Mix it all with an immersion blender (or mix by hand for about 30 minutes) and VOILA! Instant Mayonnaise! The ONLY downside is that homemade mayo is a thinner consistency than the jar stuff but this could probably be solved with some gelatin… This recipe looks great and I can’t wait to try it!

  23. says

    I’ve tried lots of homemade ranch recipes and until some ground thyme is added in it might taste good, but never quite right. Try adding a tsp of ground thyme to the mix (usually just a dash to make a cup of dressing so I am totally guessing for a dry mix) and it will take something this good and push it over the top!

  24. says

    I made this mix a couple months ago and forgot to bookmark the page. So glad I found it again! I hate bottled ranch, but this stuff is awesome! I’ve actually been using the dry mix with sour cream for baked potatoes, and my new favorite is to add it to a mashed avocado and use it as a spread for a veggie wrap. I’ve also made a chicken salad with mashed avocado and the dry mix. This stuff is so versatile and is now one of my favorites!

  25. Pattie W says

    We have been eating “real” foods for over a year now. cutting out highly processed foods. Dropped 50 points on my cholesterol YEA! The hardest to give up is the Hidden Valley ranch dressing and flavored creamer. I have tried many ranch recipes, but nothing was close to hidden valley. This is by far the best. YUMMY!!! Thank you so much. I found it on Pinterest. Now off to find a great flavor creamer recipe

  26. Anonymous says

    Found this recipe on Pinterest, going to try it SOON. LOVE LOVE LOVE ranch dressing on just about everything. If it’s as good as everyone is saying I will be making this and giving it to the girls at work for Christams with a little container so they can make a few more batches themselves, can’t wait! Thank you for posting :-) Milette

  27. Anonymous says

    I am going to try this, I have been using the Hidden Valley packets to make low fat low cal using fatfree greek yogurt and skim milk and it is really good, so this is a big plus to be able to save money on the packets.

  28. says

    Newest follower here, I found your blog through the blog hop! You have a wonderful blog, I can’t wait to read more.

    You can find me at meandmr.com

    -Melanie @meandmr.com

  29. says

    Another Winner Post :)
    I received a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing from an american friend once and I loved it, so thank you very much for this recipe – I will definitely be using it!!
    Thank you so much for linking up on Tutorial Thursdays over the last week.
    Congrats – This was one of the most viewed posts from the collection, and as such I will be featuring you tomorrow in this weeks Linky Party!
    I do hope you will be joining in this week again :)
    x
    Natalie
    http://www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

  30. says

    Wow- so simple and way better for you without all of the additives in store bought dressings! I’m definitely going to try this recipe, so thanks for sharing!

    Jess @ Clean Lean Mommy Machine

  31. says

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe; we go through so much Ranch dressing, and I’d love to make it homemade. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday! Featuring you in this week’s issue.

  32. says

    I just posted this on Facebook and pinned it!!! Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays Blog Hop and thank you for being one of my Five Faves!!

    Have a totally awesome day!!!

  33. Anonymous says

    Everyone keeps on asking how long can u keep in the fridge……. Pepl don’t forget how long original store bought ranch stays first on the shelf and then in the fridge

  34. Anonymous says

    My daughter loves the flavor of ranch but is allergic to eggs so no mayo. Can I use just sour cream or is there something else I can sub for the mayo?

  35. says

    I have tried SO many homemade ranch mix recipes, and have never found anything as good as the store-bought packet that we like. SO, i was hesitant but hopeful to try this one. . . I even halved te dry mix in case it was another fail. BUT!!!! This is it!!! This is SO good! It has no weird after taste, and actually tastes even better than the packets- more like a really great restaurant ranch! Thanks so much! I stumbled upon your blog searching for this recipe, and I’m excited to check it out more:)

  36. says

    My family loves this and they love ranch on everything!! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us. I will be blogging it this week to share as well. :)

  37. says

    This is by far the best thing i have found on pinterest! Delish, and money saving, and the recipe is spot on for flavor.

  38. says

    I look forward to trying it. I have a person in my house that does not eat eggs, so I’ll be experimenting with yogurt and/or vegan mayo (I ;like the idea of getting some yogurt in). I’ve been doing mason jar salads for lunches and going through a LOT of dressing- something to make it cheaper and better is a blessing.

  39. says

    I am a bit confused about the garlic salt. I dont think i can find it easily here (europe). I could substitute it with salt and garlic powder? Or is there another ingredient in garlic salt? What is the ratio salt-garlic? Thanks!

  40. says

    I have to tell you that I’ve tried SO many ranch dressings, both dry mixes and fresh ingredients put together. We are Hidden Valley Ranch addicts, and nothing tasted quite as good. But, THIS recipe is awesome! We love it, and there’s no junk in it! I think that it definitely needs to sit a while before eating, but it’s so good and I always have the ingredients in my pantry and fridge! Thanks!

  41. says

    I have been making my own Thousand Island dressing and my own concoction that I like to call Hunny’s Sauce, but I’ve never been able to pull this dressing off. I’m so glad you decided to share with the rest of us. Happy cooking, and bountiful eats.
    Kudos,
    Hunny

    • says

      This ranch is SO much better! I used to really like Hidden Valley ranch (in the bottle and also making it from the packet) but it doesn’t even begin to compare with this. I’ve made it several times, and also have used the dry mix in other recipes that ranch mix is called for in.

      I’ve also found that it freezes very well! I put 1-2 cups into a quart bag and freeze it flat. Thaws overnight in the fridge and just needs a quick stir. We don’t use ranch more than once or twice a week, so I freeze that amount we’d use each week in separate bags and thaw as needed. :-)

  42. says

    Just found you/this recipe. I’m going to make it right after I stop pinning stuff! LOL! I’ve been looking for a dry mix for ranch dressing, and am anxious to try yours. I have a canister of dried buttermilk in the fridge (seldom buy/use regular buttermilk). Since I live alone, will be making this in smaller quantities, as needed. Also will experiment with using a bit less salt. Thanks for sharing this!

  43. says

    I went into this recipe thinking it would fail on me, but when I finally tasted it, I was blown away. This is the best ranch I have ever eaten. I will never be able to go back to store bought. It’s just that good.

  44. Karen says

    This is now a staple in my pantry. It’s excellent. I sometime add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and love it. Thanks for a new favorite recipe.

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