Homemade Ranch Dip and Dressing Mix Plus How to Use It

Who wants to give me a dollar? If you’re buying certain things in the store instead of making them on your own, you’re basically giving your money away. We love ranch dressing and dip, and go through tons of it. Is there a better way to eat a carrot than dipped into creamy ranch? But those little packets are expensive, and they have ingredients liked carboxymethylcellulose. I have no idea what it is, but it sounds scary.

A few years ago, I started making my own ranch dip mix based on a recipe I found on Pinterest. I bought the cheapest possible ingredients, mixed them up, and stored them in a mason jar. When Miss H had carrots or salad, I just grabbed a little of the mix and whipped up a dip or dressing with mayonnaise and yogurt.

But then Pinterest ate my account. Once I opened a Pinterest account for My Little Robins/Less in the Nest, I could not get onto my personal account for the life of me. That perfect ranch dip recipe was gone forever. I tried lots of other recipes, but I just couldn’t find The One.

So I quit looking.

I decided I could figure ranch dip out on my own.

And on my first try, I did. I love how quick, easy, and inexpensive this recipe is, but I also really love how it tastes. And after being the taste-tester for all of my other ranch recipe fails, Miss H really loved this one too.

Besides delicious dips, you can use this mix in place of a packet of ranch mix in any recipe. At the end of this post, I’ve rounded up some yummy recipes using ranch mix.

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Price Breakdown:

Dry Mix: $2.41 for the entire recipe (based off of Amazon prices)

or $.40 for 2 tablespoons

The packets of Ranch mix are about $1.59 in stores.

Prepared dip: about $1.20 for 6 ounces of dip(ish) 


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Ranch Dip and Dressing Mix

Keep some of this pre-made Ranch dressing mix for dips, chicken casseroles, and salad dressing. 

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author leahbmartin


  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 2 tbsps dried parsley leaves
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp dehydrated onion flakes
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

For Dip

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (whole milk yogurt tastes best!)
  • 1 tbsp milk (add more milk if you'd like to make a dressing)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise (optional)


  1. 1. Combine ingredients for dry mix: powdered milk, parsley, garlic salt, onion flakes, dill, and pepper. 

    2. Store in a Mason jar or another airtight container. 

    3. Give it a good shake before using, as the garlic salt will settle to the bottom. 

To make the dip

  1. 1. Place two tablespoons of the dry Ranch mix into a small bowl. 

    2. Stir in yogurt, milk, and lemon juice. 

    3. Put the dip in the refrigerator and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before serving so the flavors can mingle. Add more milk, tablespoon by tablespoon, to reach a dressing consistency if desired. 

    4. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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Recipes with Ranch

You can use this ranch dip mix pretty much any time a recipe calls for the dried packet mix.

One Pan Ranch Pork Chops with Veggies

Chungah from Damn Delicious confirms that  you can use you own DIY mix in this delicious pork chop recipe.

Ranch Cheddar Chicken from Damn Delicious

This might be the most perfect meal I could dream up.

Ranch Pull Apart Bread

I made this recipe from CopyKat Kitchen for a Favorite Things party once, and it was so good!

Ranch Beef Tacos from Swanky Recipes

Skip the cola and cotija cheese for a more frugal version.

 Ranch Chicken Strips

This recipe would make everyone in my family happy.

Ranch-Sausage Wantons

I discovered this recipe in college, and it was so delicious and easy. I looked super fancy bringing it places (compared to other college students, at least!)

Ranch Crescent Pizza

This is always a much-celebrated appetizer. There’s veggies on it so it’s health food.

Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix

Chex Mix is always something I forget about. This one looks very memorable.

Vegetable Ranch Cracker Dip

I would use fresh or frozen corn instead of canned corn in this one.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Taquitos

I’m definitely trying this one from Six Sister’s Stuff. ASAP.

Happy eating!

Making your own ranch mix is simple, saves you money, and is healthier. #ranch #recipes #savingmoney


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