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Homemade Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix

Give this versatile mix in a decorative jar with instructions for making dip or dressing. Then tuck it into a gift basket along with a pretty serving bowl and snack crackers or chips. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    1 cup dressing or 2 cups dip per batch


  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced chives
  • 2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Mix seasonings until well blended. Transfer to an airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. Shake to redistribute seasonings before using. Yield: 4 batches dressing or 2 batches dip (about 4 tablespoons mix).
    To prepare salad dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk and 1 tablespoon mix. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour before serving.
    To prepare dip: Mix mayonnaise, sour cream and 2 tablespoons mix until blended. Refrigerate, covered, at least 2 hours before serving.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons dressing: 108 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
1/4 cup dip: 262 calories, 27 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 297 mg sodium, 1 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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  • Tom
    Feb 23, 2021

    Authentic ranch should have dill. I use 1/3 each mayo, buttermilk and sour cream. Makes for a nice texture.

  • chocolatecookies
    Nov 23, 2019

    This is a good mix. I made it as dip, but haven't tried it yet as salad dressing. Good flavor. It was a little "spicy", so I may reduce the amounts of garlic powder and lemon-pepper seasoning the next time I make it. I plan to make this as gifts for friends for Christmas. Thanks, Joan, for the recipe.

  • cowgirltaz440
    May 13, 2017

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  • aug2295
    Feb 9, 2014

    I had no ranch dressing in the house, so used this recipe. It didn't disappoint, great flavor and I had all the ingredients on hand.

  • jmscanlan
    Oct 17, 2013

    Trying this now! I make my buffalo chicken dip with chicken breasts that I cook in the crock pot with beer and usually a packet of the name-brand ranch dip mix. I love the idea of making my own mix to help control the sodium levels! So far the house smells great!!

  • khegeman
    Feb 12, 2013

    Way to spice for dressing. Kept adding mayo (probably 2 cups) and buttermilk (about 1 cup) to make more consistent with typical ranch dressing.

  • AmberrBalazs
    Dec 19, 2011

    Yummm! So easy and delicious. My sister and I decided to do homeade gifts this year for Christmas, she will definetly be receiving this!