The Best Homemade Ranch: Small Batch Recipe - The Crafty Blog Stalker (2024)

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Homemade ranch tastes better than store-bought, and this ranch recipe is delicious! A simple DIY recipe tutorial idea! A top pinned post on Pinterest!

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Over a year ago I shared The Best Homemade Ranch Recipe. This has been and is my favorite ranch recipe. I was quickly amazed at how popular this post became. This recipe has been pinned 73,931 times! Isn't that crazy?! With the popularity of that post, I have been asked many questions and one of the biggest being if I had a smaller portion recipe. So I thought since it has been pinned that many times, that was the least I could do.

I bought all of my ingredients in bulk. I think bulk spices are so much cheaper than buying them pre-packed or bottled. I also purchased a Plastic Spice Bottle to store my Ranch mix in once it was made.

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Printable PDF version of this recipe.

For the dry ranch mix you will need:

  • ½ TBS Black Pepper
  • 2 ½ TBS Parsley Flakes
  • 1 TBS Garlic Salt
  • ¾ tsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ TBS Garlic Powder
  • 1 ½ TBS onion powder
  • ¾ tsp Dill Weed

How to Make a Smaller Portion Best Homemade Ranch Recipe

Pour each of the ingredients directly into the Spice Bottle and then shake the container to mix. That is all there is to it!

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I have used this dry mix in all sorts of recipes that call for dry ranch mix from the packets, but my favorite and most common use is to make Ranch Dressing.

For the smaller portion of Ranch Dressing mix:

  • 1 TBS dry mix
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 cup cultured low-fat buttermilk
  • ¾ cup light sour cream
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
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To store the ranch dressing, I pour it into a Rubbermaid 2 Quart Bottle. The only difference between this recipe and the original is this recipe makes 6 Tablespoons of Dry Ranch Mix and the original makes 36 Tablespoons.

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We go through a lot of ranch at our house and I make Ranch Dressing close to once a week to make the full portion of Ranch mix. Go to my original The Best Homemade Ranch Recipe post to see the full portion recipe.

So how much ranch does your family go through?

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February 5, 2024

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    • Katie Adams

      Thank you so much for suggesting that. I have added a link in the post for a printable pdf. I hope that helps!

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  1. Heather May

    I LOVE making my own dressings! I make a homemade ranch that is similar only organic. People are always amazed that great ranch doesn't have to come out of a packet!!Thanks for sharing--I will try making this one next time I make it!

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  2. Paula Parrish

    Congratulations on the popularity of your post. ;o) I haven't tried making my own ranch dressing, sounds easy enough. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Vanessa

    That's a lot of Pins! Congrats. You can add another one to that because I need to remember to make this. New follower too. Love your blog.

    Reply

  4. Shannon Thomas

    You can tell I grew up in the era of Beavis and Butthead, because I giggled when I saw "dill weed" in the recipe. My kiddos love ranch! I'll have to try this. Visiting from Tuesday Tea Party

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  5. Kimberly @ A Time to Freeze

    I've never thought to make homemade ranch, but what a great idea! I will definitely be pinning this! I'm also a big Winco shopper. 🙂 Stopping by from the Someday Crafts link party.

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  6. mammy2grammy

    Hi, Stopping by from Lovely Ladies Linky to say Hi. This recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Amber Neal

    Thank you so much for a great recipe! I shared how to make your recipe dairy free today on my blog.

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  8. Heather

    Ranch is definitely one of the main food groups at our house, too! We can never find the ones that taste as good as what you can get at restaurants and I'm not too excited about all the "junk" in commercial ranch, so I think I'll give this a try. I'll let you know if it is a hit.

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  9. thegreatzambini.com

    This recipe is just what I needed in my life, and in my blog too for that matter! I hope linking to the recipe won't bother you?

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    • Katie Adams

      Not at all. Thank you!

      Reply

  10. Meredith

    What brand of mayo do you recommend with this recipe? Thanks for sharing! Excited to try!!

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    • Katie

      I am not brand loyal when it comes to Mayo. To me all mayos tastes the same. So I usually buy what is on sale. I think with all of the spices and everything that is added, any mayo will do. I hope that helps!

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    • Amanda

      I know this comment is old but since I just found this I'll throw my .02 in. I make my own mayo and it's super easy and only has 5 ingredients (pale mayo if anyone's interested) and I bet this would be fantastic to use. I also don't use sour cream so I would sub Greek yogurt for a healthier alternative. We try hard not to use any packaged, processed foods and I've discovered that most little things like ranch dressing are so easy to make! I'll definitely be making this once I get some more dill!

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  11. Alayna

    Hi- Thanks for sharing this. It looks great~

    I am wondering if I could just mix the ranch mix with plain greek yogurt instead of mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk. Do you think that would work?

    Thanks!

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    • Katie

      I definitely think it would change the flavor a bit, but it wouldn't hurt to try it and see if you liked it.

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  12. SaRa

    I am wondering how long this stays good in the fridge?? Thanks!!

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    • Katie

      Go by the expiration date on the buttermilk. I think that is the safest best.

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  13. Kate Nelson

    can you tell me the calorie count in 2 TBS of dressing - it is delicious!!!!!

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    • Katie

      I am sorry but I can't. It all depends on what mayo and sour cream you use, different brands are different calorie counts.

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  14. Jenna

    thanks for this recipe, I really need to start making my own, I use ranch seasoning for so many things!

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  15. Carrie This Home

    We go through a lot more ranch at our house since our kids have discovered carrot sticks. I love being able to offer them a healthy snack option with a little ranch on the side. It makes us all happy! I'm going to pin this recipe since it would save us some money!

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  16. Missy

    I just made my second batch, I will never buy ranch again. It will now be a passed down family recipe, thanks!!

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  17. Hilary

    Oooo, I LOVE this! Especially the dry mix. I'll have to try! Going to share on my social media.

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  18. Stephanie

    The way we go through ranch at my house this is perfect!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  19. Helene

    I have been making mine with fresh garlic and onion and dill but winter is around the corner up here in the mountains and I'll be keeping this in mind!

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  20. Brittany

    My daughter LOVES ranch dressing...on everything. So we go through it pretty quickly. This looks pretty simple, so I think I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Katie

      I would love to hear what you think of it Brittany!

      Reply

  21. Debi @ Adorned From Above

    Looks great. Thanks for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party. Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  22. RaY-Ray

    Thank you SO much for sharing both Large and small batch recipes. The small batch is perfect for my family but the large is perfect for parties! We are trying to weed out preservatives , but who doesn't like a good ranch? Now we can have the best of both worlds! Making a batch as soon as I submit this for our veggie tray for dinner tonight! Can't wait ! Also, I did use the dry seasoning mix on some homemade French fries that I made for a friend....RAVE reviews about how yummy they were!!! I just mixed the dry mix into some olive oil and tossed my raw fries in them. So delicious and smelled great ! Found you on Pinterest and sooooo happy I did 🙂

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  23. lulu

    If a recipe calls for 1 packet of a ranch and I substitute your ranch recipe would I use just 1 tbsp or all 6 that this makes?

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    • Katie

      A store bought package has about 3 tbsp. Great question, thank you!

      Reply

  24. Susan Z

    Did you use the coarse or fine grind sea salt?

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    • Katie

      I used the fine.

      Reply

  25. Alisa

    I often use the Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dips Mix (the one that you just mix with sour cream)
    Is this similar to that? If I wanted to make a dip instead of dressing would I just mix this with only sour cream or do you recommend adding buttermilk as well?

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    • Katie

      I have never tried using this ranch recipe as a dip, but now I must! I should work just the same as the packaged stuff so 16 oz sour cream - or substitute that with Greek Yogurt and 2 Tablespoons of the Dry Ranch Mix.

      Reply

  26. Brittany King

    Could I substitute extra garlic powder instead of garlic salt? My son has kidney disease and I try to limit his sodium.

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    • Katie

      Yes, Brittany, I think that would be just fine.

      Reply

  27. Janet

    I got to this page from a link someone shared on a recipe,
    we don't get ranch here, but I have had it in the US and love it, my question is the shop bought ranch in the recipe looked like it may have some dried milk/Mayo or other dairy as it appeared a lot whiter than your mix, so if adding this mix to a recipe should I add some dairy.
    Are there ranch mixes there that just add liquid it looked a bit like that.
    Maybe I could make a big batch of it up and freeze dry for instant ranch.

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    • Katie

      Hi Janet! No ranch where you live? WHAT!! LOL!

      To make the ranch dressing from the mix, the recipe does call for buttermilk and sour cream which are all dairy products, as well as mayo and lemon juice. I have never worked with Powdered mayo but I assume it would work fine. Buttermilk is a much thicker and creamier product than regular milk, and is what helps give the ranch that thick creamy texture. I suggest experimenting and finding what works best. Sorry I'm not more help with this one.

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      • KAtie

        I have been living in New Zealand for the past 4 years and have found the ranch sold here not nearly as good as in the US, so I thought I would try your recipe. THIS IS THE BEST RANCH BOTH MY FIANCE AND I HAVE EVER TASTED!!!! (even though I didn't have buttermilk and used regular milk to make the dressing instead). I also couldn't find Garlic salt here so used garlic powder plus a bit extra salt. This is seriously so good!!! Thank you so much! I'm never buying store bought ranch again, even when we move back to the states!

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        • Katie

          Thank you so much Katie!! I am so glad that you like it and you made it work for what you had available.

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  28. Cathie

    What kind of mayo do you use to make the dressing? I tried miracle whip. My husband hates it and refuses to eat.

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    • Katie

      Miracle Whip and Mayo are actually different and have a completely different taste. Try the recipe made with mayonnaise. I usually use the generic brand and it tastes great!

      Reply

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