Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing has always been a favorite at our house. For many years I made my own. It's easy to make and a good frugal alternative to buying store bought.

I have a couple different ways I want to share on how to do this. 

One is mixing up a batch as you need it and the other is making a powdered mix to have hand when you want a batch. 

For starters here is my basic ranch dressing recipe..

Ranch Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
½ c sour cream
½  cup milk, buttermilk is fine too
1 T lemon juice
1 t. onion powder
½ t. (slightly heaping) minced garlic, I buy the kind in the jar
2 t. parsley
dash dill weed
½ t. salt
½ t. seasoning salt
dash of pepper

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Allow to sit in fridge for a little while to thicken and allow flavors to blend.

When my kids were at home I use to mix this up in bulk. I would quadruple the recipe and make it in my Bosch (or Kitchenaid) mixer.

I would add the mayo and sour cream to the mixer and mix to combine, then add the liquid ingredients and mix until smooth and finally add in all the spices and mix..

A 4x batch of the above recipe would give me 2 quarts of homemade dressing..


The other way to make it is to make a bulk mix of the spices. I took the above recipe and calculated the seasonings to make it into a mix. Here is what I came up with...

Bulk Ranch Dressing Mix
¼ cup onion powder
2T garlic powder
6T parsley
1T dill weed
2 ¼ t salt
2 ¼ t seasoning salt
¾ t pepper

Mix all these ingredients together..


Add 1 (full) Tablespoon to…

1 cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
½ cup milk

Stir (or whisk) to combine well.. 

This will make about 10 batches (approximately 2 cups of dressing per batch) of ranch dressing.

If you would like to make this into ranch dip, just add only enough milk to make it a dip consistency.



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