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My Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is SO easy and takes only minutes to make. It’s budget friendly, preservative free and will store up to a year in your pantry (if it lasts that long!)
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I can’t believe I haven’t shared my Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix with you all! I’ve been making this for probably three or four years now. Ever since I figured out what kind of yucky, unpronounceable ingredients are in the store-bought kind (MSG, cellulose among other things).
You guys, once you make homemade ranch dressing mix, and then taste the difference in the flavor, you will wonder why you didn’t start sooner. And the great thing is that you can make up a batch and it will last up to a year in your pantry (if it takes you that long to use it all up!) It’s super easy to make up homemade ranch dressing for dips and salad dressing too. When I don’t make up my own, we like to buy Bolthouse Farms dressings from the refrigerated produce section of the grocery store. I like that it is SO much lower in fat and calories than the shelf-stable kind. It’s made with plain yogurt. I’m not going to lie-the first time I tried it at my sister-in-law’s house I was skeptical. But a couple of years later, my whole family loves the taste.
So, based on that when I make my homemade version I like to use my homemade ranch dressing mix and add some plain Greek yogurt and thin it with a bit of milk. You can make up a little or as much as you like for your own needs.
Oh! And I like to buy my spices in bulk from Penzeys (mail order or in store) but you can find all of the spices used in this recipe at the regular grocery store. Go now and make a big batch of the mix now. And be on the lookout in future blog posts for some other non-salad dressing recipes that I like to use this mix in.
I like to make up a batch and usually double or triple the recipe and store it in a labeled glass canning jar. Aren’t these short and squatty jars so cute? (I got mine at Target but have seen them other places too). This way I can scoop out what I need for my recipes and store the extras in my pantry super easily! (By the way I LOVE these reusable labels from LabelOnce! They stay on in the freezer or pantry items, of course, but best of all they are reusable. Did I say I LOVE them? I found mine at The Container Store but you can also order them online through the link here.)
I hope you give this recipe a try! What other homemade mixes do you like to make?
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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried French thyme
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl to blend. Transfer to an airtight container. Makes about four tablespoons of mix.
- To make ranch dressing for your salads or dipping:
- Combine 1 Tablespoon homemade ranch dressing mix
- ½ cup plain (regular or Greek) yogurt
- ¼-⅓ cup milk
- Dash of lemon juice (optional)
- Combine in a blender until well mixed. Store extras in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.