If you’ve never thought of making homemade ranch dressing, now’s the time to give it a try! You’ll find yourself using this ranch on absolutely everything once you make it. This recipe is so simple and it tastes a million times better than the bottled stuff.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
There are two things that we BLAZE through at our house: sriracha and ranch dressing. To be honest, we go through more ranch dressing than I care to admit.
If you are a ranch dressing fan like us, you know that the ranch dressing from the bottle at the store does not taste anywhere NEAR as good as ranch dressings that you get at a restaurant. that is because most restaurants don’t use the bottled stuff. Instead, they make their own homemade ranch dressing.
If you are still buying ranch dressing from a bottle at the store, you have GOT to give this homemade ranch dressing recipe a try. See for yourself and compare. You will see what I am talking about!
What to Use Homemade Ranch Dressing For
It might be easier to say what you can’t put it on, because we use it for pretty much everything at our house. Here’s a quick list of what we use homemade ranch dressing with:
- chicken tenders
- tortilla chips (so good!)
- raw veggies
The list goes on and on. Try it and see. 🙂
Ranch Dressing Ingredients
Making homemade ranch dressing is simple! All you need are a few simple ingredients:
- Mayonaise – I recommend using the brands Best Foods or Hellmann’s
- Buttermilk – don’t have any on hand? No problem – find our easy buttermilk substitution here
- Parsley – dry
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
The final ingredient you’ll need for homemade ranch dressing is a particular type of seasoning salt. “Accent” is one brand and “Spike” is another. Be forewarned that Accent seasoning contains MSG, which many people are sensitive to. For that reason, we recommend using Spike seasoning.
Another option is to make your own seasoned salt. A reader was kind enough to share these two recipes with us that she has used for homemade ranch dressing before. She also recommended using it as an accent for meats, poultry, and seafood, as well as grilled or roasted veggies.
Homemade Emeril’s Essence Seasoning
1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp cayenne pepper (like it spicy, use more)
In a small bowl, add all of the above ingredients and mix well to combine. (use the back of spoon to mash/grind the ingredients together.) Transfer to a 4-ounce mason jar or clean recycled spice jar.
No-Salt Seasoning Mix
1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
1 1/2 tsp dried parsley 1 1/4 tsp dried savory
1 1/4 tsp ground thyme 1 tsp ground mace
1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried sage 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Mix garlic powder, basil, parsley, savory, thyme, mace, onion powder, black pepper, sage, and cayenne pepper in a bowl; store in a sealed jar.
Recipe for Light Ranch Dressing
Yes, you can make a light homemade ranch dressing! Instead of making this recipe with mayo and buttermilk, use greek yogurt and 1 1/2 cups of skim milk respectively. It won’t taste QUITE as good– but you won’t feel as guilty 🙂
More Dip Recipes:
- Chili Cheese Dip
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Easy Spinach Dip
- 5-Minute Dill Pickle Dip
- Homemade Salad Dressing with Fresh Lemon and Basil
- Jalapeno Greek Yogurt Dip
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Mix all ingredients together well using a whisk. Chill for at least 2 hours.
- If you want to make up some dry mix to save for later or for a recipe that calls for "dry ranch dressing packet", just combine dry ingredients and store in an air-tight container. 3 Tbsp of this mix is equal to what comes in your typical-sized ranch dressing packet.