Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing
Homemade Ranch Dressing

Guest Post by Cheryl Siens

I have a daughter who has type 1 diabetes, and my husband has heart issues.  It isn’t always easy finding healthy, tasty foods that they can both eat.  I stumbled on a recipe for homemade ranch dressing many years ago that works for both of them.

It has less than 1 carbohydrate in the whole recipe (good for the diabetic), and even though it has about 4 grams of fat per tablespoon, when I use either canola oil mayonnaise  or olive oil mayonnaise I feel good about serving it to my husband. It really is the best ranch dressing I’ve ever tasted, and it is inexpensive to make.  We use it on so many things: salads, hot wings, chicken nuggets, raw veggies and even dunking our pizza crust.  My youngest daughter likes to dip crackers in it for a snack.  The mix makes about 5 or 6 pints of dressing.  Enjoy!


Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix


  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced or powdered garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 8 teaspoons dried minced powder onion
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2-½ teaspoons paprika
  • 2-½ teaspoons parsley flakes


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to distribute evenly.
  2. Place mixture in dry container with tight fitting lid.
  3. You can store the mixture for up to 6 months.
  4. Shake dry mix before measuring for prepared dressing.



Mix 1-tablespoon mix with 1-cup buttermilk and 1 cup mayonnaise (not miracle whip).

Refrigerate for several hours before eating.  (I keep my prepared dressing in an old blueberry syrup bottle, but you can store it in any plastic or glass jar.)

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3 thoughts on “Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix”

  1. I can’t wait to try this! I’m fussy about my ranch dressing flavor, so am eager to give this a “go”. I prefer Hidden Valley Ranch dry dressing mix that is prepared with sour cream, but HATE that it has MSG (like 9/10 of most bottled ranch dressings). I LOVE that this doesn’t have MSG and look forward to trying it! THANKS!

  2. The original recipe called for MSG, but like you, I don’t like to use it, so I just omitted it. I hope you like it as much as we do.

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