homemade ranch dressing mix

Yesterday I smelled football in the air.

There’s nothing like it.

When I got married….my limited knowledge of football included yelling for touchdowns and planning out super cute outfits to wear to the game.

Isn’t it funny how life changes? 


How you fall in love with a football fan and year after year you sit on the couch with a pair of sparkling brown eyes and cheer your team to victory.  And before you know it you understand two point conversions and pass interference and off-sides and out kicking your coverage and you cringe and hold hands when the ball is inches away from a first down.

And all of a sudden you’re a football expert.

And wearing a fan shirt with a matching necklace.


The things we do for love.

homemade ranch seasoning mix

And normally at our house…..football = snacks.  

Really, really, really good snacks.  Like queso with rotel and chips and lil’smokies in barbecue sauce and chicken salad sandwiches and brownies and caramel and cheese popcorn…..and are you hungry yet?

But this year I’ve turned the corner and I’m traveling down the healthy journey road and I wanted to try to stick to the plan during football season (which just between us….almost seems like an insurmountable task).

Enter my wonderful friend Robin.

She suggested this amazing mix.  You make it ahead of time and store it in a glass jar and then you can add it to whatever base you want in order to make your own homemade ranch dip.  I made it with low-fat sour cream, but you could also add yogurt or mayo to the mix.

It’s perfect for dipping cucumbers.

Or tomatoes.

Or broccoli.

Or carrots.

And it’s even more delicious when you are curled up on the couch watching football and cheering your team to victory…..

….in a pair of size 12 jeans. 🙂

homemade ranch dressing mix recipe

seasoning ranch dressing mix


1 cup dried parsley, crushed

2 T dill weed

1/2 cup onion powder (purchase in bulk from Sam’s)

1/2 cup garlic powder (purchase in bulk from Sam’s)

1/2 cup Real Salt (or sea salt)

1/2 cup dry, minced onions

seasoning diy homemade ranch dressing mix

1.  Mix all ingredients in a blender (I didn’t blend mine super fine because I like the texture of a few flakes).

2.  To make ranch dip use 1 T. to 16 oz:  sour cream, mayo, yogurt (you decide how much of what) and thin with milk, etc.

You can also use buttermilk as the thinner and get a buttermilk/ranch dressing.

(Robin suggested half sour cream/half mayo thinned with milk).

3.  Store mix in glass jar with lid.

homemade ranch dressing

PS  This mix would also make a really cute Christmas gift.  

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  1. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Sounds wonderful. It would have been handy to have when I made my Cole Slaw Southwestern Style -- I ended having to buy the Ranch Dressing. Congrats on the size 12's -- makes shopping fun doesn't it and the mirror no longer seems to be your enemy :-) Super cute outfits are so much fun to buy. You've inspired me to remember tomorrow is actually today and to just "Do It" and stop thinking about it. Big Hugs,

  2. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

    Sounds wonderful but not as much as wearing size 12 jeans! Woohoo so proud of and for you!:) trying harder but man then my husband pulled into a Dairy Queen! Not that I told him to do it or anything!:)

  3. Image for Sylvia Marie Sylvia Marie

    The blender is patiently waiting for me to start this recipe, but first I needed to tell you thank you for the recipe, my SWEET hubby will love me forever,oh wait he already does. 55 years in Oct. Have a blessed day!

  4. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    For me it's hockey, but I totally get what you're describing...the transformation into a call-the-offside-before-the-ref-does fan. This looks like a great recipe to add to my arsenal, pinned....and congrats on those size 12 jeans!!

  5. Image for Peggy Zortman Peggy Zortman

    It's in the air. That football feeling! Thank you for the Ranch Dip recipe! My family will think I am a wonderful football Mom. We have been trying to get rid of additives, so this will be a real pleaser, especially with Labor Day right around the corner. Now, do I add it to my Football board or my Salad board on Pinterest? :)

  6. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Congrats on the size 12 jeans...that's fantastic! Sounds like a great recipe for one of my favorite times of the year...football season! ;)

  7. Image for Susan Susan

    Love this recipe! I make lots of Italian style salad dressings. My husband won't eat bottled anymore. This is the first time I've seen a ranch dressing mix I would like. The bonus is I have everything in my pantry/spice drawer. Thanks for sharing this one!! Please share more healthy recipes that you are using!!

  8. Image for Gee Gee

    You ma dahling are a life saver!!!!! Whew! I am saved. My son was telling his girlfriend that I used to make everything from scratch (true story) but over the years some things have fallen by the wayside. EEKKK! I lost this recipe in a move and have not been able to find it. Other variations, yes, but not this one! Thanks... a million times thanks!!! You rock those size 12 jeans beautiful!!! Biggest hugs! Gee

  9. Image for GinaE GinaE

    Many thanks for this recipe! I always make my ranch dressing with the dry packets and do the same as Robing with sour cream/mayo/milk. Those dry packets are fairly pricey for the amount inside. I'm going to make a batch of this mix and not worry about having to buy those packets again. The bottled salad dressings just never tastes as good.

  10. Image for michelle michelle

    Oooh size 12 jeans!! You go girl! The other day I came out from a very long appointment right about lunch time. I could smell the grease from a neighboring burger place and thought "what will one little hamburger hurt?". But then I thought about you and the Pringles and how you won so I went home and ate chicken and veggies! Thank you so much for your inspiration!!

  11. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    I can't wait to try this recipe! I'm obsessed with eating raw veggies w/dip and I've always used the brand name packets to make my dip. Love the idea of making my own using real ingredients! I've always made mine using plain greek yogurt instead of sour cream, which lightens it up a lot and increases the protein (I still add the mayo because . . . well, because mayo just makes it yummy!)

  12. Image for Marijean Marijean

    Sounds great . Can't wait to try it. We should all be eating more of these kind of snacks. Some times hard to stick to though, especially when those around you are eating nachos ! Congrats on your weight loss.

  13. Image for Regina Regina

    When Taco Soup became one of our favorites, I started making my own Ranch Dressing Mix, and it is AMAZING!!!! Since then, I've branched out (almost typed RANCHED out! LOL) to dried soup mixes and seasoning mixes. I figure we get enough chemicals on a daily basis without eating it intentionally! Ah football- I was a marching-band mom, so I could get away with leaving after half-time! LOL!!

  14. Image for Janis Janis

    I can't wait to make this. If it is anywhere as good as the grilled corn tip you had a few weeks ago it will be fabulous. I've made the corn four times since seeing your post and it is absolutely the best way to do corn!!! And WELL DONE YOU for the size 12 jeans.

  15. Image for Kimbrtones Kimbrtones

    Hello, I've looked over several of your recipes posted and for the life of me can not seem to find a "print" button or option. Am I missing it? Thanks, kd

  16. Image for Acucure.in Acucure.in

    You really make it seem so easy along with your presentation however I find this topic to be really something that I feel I would by no means understand. It seems too complicated and extremely vast for me. I'm having a look ahead in your next post, I'll attempt to get the hold of it!

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