Skip the store bought packets of ranch dressing mix and whip up big batch of this dairy-free and paleo Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix with spices you already have on hand. Store it in a mason jar and use it for dressing, dips or seasoning on chicken or veggies!
I L-O-V-E ranch dressing! It’s great drizzled on a big garden salad loaded with fresh tomatoes and to use as a dip for veggies. When I’m looking for an afternoon snack a little ranch with some sliced red peppers, broccoli or carrots is one of my favorite go-to snacks. It’s so good and satisfying! I often pack some veggies and dip if I’m on the go or out and about with the kids so I always have a little snack to munch on if a craving hits.
Have you ever looked at the list of ingredients on the back of one of those little packets of ranch dressing mix? If you haven’t you need to take a look. Some of the ingredients scare me! It’s time to skip the store bought packets and make it fresh at home. Once you do you’ll never want to use the store bought packets again! Not only is making it yourself super easy and better for you but honestly I think it tastes much better too!
This Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix is something I always have on hand. I make a big batch of it so it lasts for awhile and I don’t need to gather all the spices together ever time I need to make dressing or dip. It’s super easy to make and you can easily store it in a mason jar to be able to use anytime!
Not only is this great as a dressing or dip but it’s so good tossed on with roasted veggies, chicken or pork too! I actually have a recipe coming up for my Ranch Pork Chops so I figured I’d share my recipe for my ranch seasoning mix ahead of time. If you love ranch dressing as much as I do then this is one you definitely want to try plus probably have most if not all of the spices already on hand.
Unlike many ranch seasoning mix recipes that call for dry milk or dry buttermilk this recipe is simply dried herbs and spices. That’s it! Perfect if you are paleo, Whole30, or dairy-free!
I worked awhile testing and playing to get the ratio of spices just right to make this Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix perfect! One batch of this tasty mix will yield roughly about 3/4 cup of spice mix to store and have on hand anytime you need it!
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All you need is to grab some spices from your spice cabinet to whip up this recipe. Before you do make sure you’re not using old spices that have maybe been pushed way in the back of the cabinet for awhile. Now is a good time to restock your spice cabinet and toss any old ones. Using a good blend of spices is also recommended to get the best results. I personally like Simply Organic spices. I think the quality is superb and fresh. You can find them at many grocery stores, Amazon or Thrive Market. I often toss them into my Amazon prime orders since they’re usually an add-on item but the cost is super reasonable and a great way to grab good quality spices.
Once you gather all your spices ready together it’s time to mix it up! Simply but all the spices in a medium bowl and give it a good toss. I like to get my hands in there and massage the spices with my fingers to really get them blended together. I know that sounds corny but it’s just what I do and I think helps. You could also pulse them in a food processor a few times but I usually don’t want to get more dishes dirty so I just stick with my hands and bowl. You could even skip that part all together and just put all the spices in a medium mason jar give it a good shake and your done. I like to take that one extra step of really mixing them together with my hands in a bowl then I pour the spice mix in a mason jar and it’s ready to go.
When you’re ready to whip up some dressing take 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I’ll be sharing my homemade mayonnaise recipe next week) with 1/4 cup canned coconut milk (yes, coconut milk). Trust me with the coconut milk! I know it might sound like an odd combination in ranch dressing but it really works! I absolutely love this stuff! I’ll be honest with you it does and doesn’t have a slight hint of coconut flavor. Why I say that is when I first make the dressing I don’t get any hint of the coconut milk. When I toss it with a salad I get the slightest hint of coconut. I’m sure most people wouldn’t even notice it plus it beats using the other stuff and it makes it dairy-free! Just try it and you’ll see for yourself! It’s super creamy and delicious! If I didn’t think it was amazing I would never even recommend it.
To complete the dressing add 1/2 tablespoon – 1 tablespoon of the ranch mix along with the mayo and coconut milk in a mason jar. Give it a good shake and you’re dressing is done! I recommend starting with 1/2 tablespoon of the seasoning mix and add a little more depending on how herby you like your dressing. I usually use just about 1 tablespoon. Everyone’s tastes are different so just customize it to how you like it.
Not only is this good for a tasty dairy-free, paleo ranch dressing and dip but it’s also a great seasoning to toss with veggies, on potatoes or any recipe ranch seasoning mix is used!