The Quick Guide To: Homemade Ranch Dressing

I don’t know about you, but I like ranch with just about anything—veggies, salad, pizza, burgers, fries, nachos, chicken wings, tacos, hot dogs, breadsticks, steak, chips, eggs…the list goes on. It’s a wonderfully adaptable dressing.

My dad used to make it for my sister and me when we would visit in the summer as kids. Since then, I could never eat the bottled stuff like Hidden Valley, Kraft, Wish Bone, etc.

Once you’ve tried homemade ranch it’s nearly impossible to go back. That’s why I absolutely hate it when I’m eating at a nice burger joint, pizza shop, or bistro and find out that they use bottled ranch. What a waste! The taste difference is unbelievable. It’s not at all hard to tell…and it’s quite disappointing.

So, since I started making my own Homemade Mayonnaise, I figured that I should be making my own ranch dressing as well. Much like the mayo, I came to find that there is a multitude of recipes out there and just about every single one of them was different. Instead of spending hours preparing each recipe to discover which one I liked, I merely picked a handful of ingredients from several posts that I thought were most promising to test.

And, after a few batches, I whittled down the options to create this version of homemade ranch dressing.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Dry Ranch Mix

  • Dried dill
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried chives
  • Onion powder
  • Granulated garlic
  • Powdered buttermilk
  • Salt and pepper

Everything else to make dressing

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Milk


First, combine all of the dry ingredients…

Powdered buttermilk

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Granulated garlic

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Onion powder

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…and mix.

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Note: You can make a big batch of dry mix and store what you don’t use in a zip-lock bag or airtight container for later use. That way, the next time you want to make ranch, you have already cut out a step!

Next, add the mayonnaise and sour cream. Mix thoroughly.

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Then, to finish, add milk until you reach your desired consistency.

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This recipe might be another drop in the bucket, but I think it’s pretty straightforward and (more importantly) delicious. I can now make homemade ranch from scratch whenever I want!

Until next time, take care.


(Here’s the recipe for Homemade Mayonnaise if you missed it above)

P.S. I don’t know how many of you were familiar with the old blog layout, but I have completely revamped the look and feel of That Guy In The Apron! Check it out and let me know what you think.

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