Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. + chilling


1 cup

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
This versatile ranch dressing mix converts easily into a creamy dip or smooth salad dressing. It's delicious served with fresh veggies or drizzled over greens. —Carolyn Zimmerman, Fairbury, Illinois
Ranch Dressing and Dip Mix Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour cream


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year. Yield: about 6 tablespoons mix (enough to make 6 batches).
  2. To prepare dressing: In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon mix with mayonnaise and buttermilk; refrigerate. Yield: 2 cups.
  3. To prepare dip: In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon mix and sour cream; refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Ranch Dressing Mix Tips

Can you put buttermilk powder in this ranch dressing mix?

Yes, you can always substitute buttermilk powder for regular buttermilk. Just mix the powder in with the dry ingredients and water instead of using liquid buttermilk in with your wet ingredients. It'll keep for the same amount of time on your shelf (1 year). Here are some of our other favorite baking substitutions.

Can you make ranch dressing without buttermilk?

Yes, you can make this ranch dressing without buttermilk! Here's a buttermilk substitute: Use 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice, plus enough milk to measure 1 cup. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes. Or, use 1 cup of plain yogurt, or 1-3/4 teaspoons of cream of tartar plus 1 cup of milk.

How else can you use ranch dressing mix?

There are many ways to use ranch dressing. Some of our favorites are ranch pigs in a blanket, beer cheese dip and bacon-chicken pizza.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 2 tablespoons dip: 252 calories, 26g fat (6g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.