Homemade Ranch Dressing

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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
  • fries
  • sandwiches
  • pizza
  • tortilla chips (so good!)
  • raw veggies
  • salads

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
  • Pepper
  • 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
Ingredients
1 Tbsp paprika 1 Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 ½ tsp onion powder
1 ½ tsp dried oregano 1 ½ tsp dried thyme
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp cayenne pepper (like it spicy, use more)

Instructions
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
Ingredients
1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 ½ tsp dried basil
1 ½ tsp dried parsley 1 ¼ tsp dried savory
1 ¼ tsp ground thyme 1 tsp ground mace
1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp dried sage ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Directions
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 ½ cups of skim milk respectively. It won’t taste QUITE as good– but you won’t feel as guilty 🙂

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Buttermilk ranch dressing in a bowl

Homemade Ranch Dressing

5 from 6 votes
You are going to love this Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe! We use it all the time and it tastes a million times better than the bottled stuff!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Refrigeration 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 32

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients together well using a whisk.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours.

Dry Ranch Dressing Mix

  • Combine dry ingredients and store in an air-tight container.
  • 3 tablespoons of this mix is equal to what comes in your typical-sized ranch dressing packet.

Notes

*See post above recipe for homemade versions of Accent and Spike seasonings.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 109kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 105mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I only like to use homemade ranch for salads & dips. It is the easiest to make & so much better than store bought!

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! It’s really helpful and really flavorful! Will make this again!

  3. 5 stars
    Homemade Ranch is the absolute best! It is so simple to make to! We use it on/with everything.

  4. This Ranch Dressing Mix is good
    Dry Ranch Mix
    Ingredients
    1 cup dried parsley 2/3 cup garlic salt
    1/2 cup crushed saltine crackers 1/2 cup dried minced onion
    1/2 cup onion salt 1/4 cup onion powder
    1/4 cup garlic powder 2 Tbsp dried dill weed
    2 Tbsp ground black pepper (optional)
    Directions
    Combine the parsley, garlic salt, crushed saltines, minced onion, onion salt, onion powder, garlic powder, dill weed, and black pepper in a sealable container; shake

  5. This is close to accent seasoning.

    Homemade Emeril’s Essence Seasoning
    Ingredients
    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)
    Instructions
    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.
    This seasoning mix is not only a great accent for meats, poultry and seafood, but is also delicious on grilled or roasted veggies

    I use this in a lot of dishes

    No-Salt Seasoning Mix
    Ingredients
    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
    Directions
    Mix garlic powder, basil, parsley, savory, thyme, mace, onion powder, black pepper, sage, and cayenne pepper in a bowl; store in a sealed jar.

  6. Hi can we have another substitute for the accent or spike seasoning as we cannot find it in middle east

      1. I have the hardest time finding Accent at my local Walmart or grocery store. What section do you find it at? I always look by the spices and seasonings. Thanks!

        1. Hi, just a warning. Are you aware that Accent is just pure MSG? Have you ever had a bad reaction to it? It is terrible…the worse for me is the horrible migraine that comes withing 20 minutes of just starting my meal. Vomiting, throbbing pain, swirling eye blinding light, just shaking for at least 24 hrs. So, use wisely, and always ask before you order Chinese food as they use it freely! Unless it states on the menu that don’t.

          1. You can substitute the Accent for any kind of seasoning salt. We mostly will use “Spike” to cut out on the MSG