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How To Make The Best Homemade Ranch Dip

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Last Modified: April 2, 2024
Published: April 2, 2024

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With A Packet Of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning

Homemade ranch dip

When my mama passed away in January, my dear friend Dawn brought us a feast of pizza, salad, and an entire quart of her homemade ranch dip! She is one of the most generous people you will ever meet and a fabulous cook, too!

The meal was such a gift! We slathered that thick, heavenly mixture on our salad, and I hoarded what was left in the jar for myself. I begged her for the recipe, and finally, weeks later, I made my own batch. It is simply amazing!

How To Make Dawn's Hidden Valley Ranch Dip

Combine Duke's mayonnaise, sour cream, onion powder, garlic powder, dry Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning mix, salt, and pepper in a bowl and blend the ingredients together well.

I used an immersion blender, but you can use a whisk, a food processor, a blender, or a hand mixer. Just make sure you combine the ingredients thoroughly.

This recipe makes a generous quart of thick dressing or dip; you decide how to use it!

Store it in the refrigerator in a wide-mouth mason jar for easy spooning and pouring! With careful handling, the dressing should stay fresh for two weeks or longer. Please, always refrigerate it promptly after using it!

Suppose you want to transform the dip into a dressing; you can thin it to a more pourable product by gradually adding small amounts of buttermilk or regular milk until you reach your desired thickness. Start with a tablespoon at a time and mix well, then continue adding until you're happy with the consistency.

Taste the dressing. If it needs a little more tang, add a small amount of lemon juice or vinegar. Start with just a teaspoon and adjust to taste, mixing well after each addition.

If you need to adjust the seasoning, you can add more ranch seasoning, salt, or pepper to taste. Pour it into a container and keep it refrigerated. If the ingredients separate, shake it well before using.

What Can I Do With Homemade Ranch Dip

Ranch dip is perfect on crudite of all kinds, but don't stop there! You can use it in so many ways!

  • Salad Dressing: Of course! Use it on your favorite greens or tossed salad! See the instructions above for how to thin the dip.
  • Sandwich Spread: Ranch dip adds a creamy tangy flavor to sandwiches, wraps, grilled chicken, and burgers, replacing tiresome old mayo!
  • Marinade: Ranch dressing is a great marinade for chicken or pork. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight to help tenderize the meat and add a fabulous layer of flavor!
  • Potato or Pasta Salad: Use as the salad dressing instead of plain old mayonnaise to kick your potato or pasta salad up a notch!
  • Baked Potatoes: Drizzle ranch dressing over baked potatoes instead of sour cream and chives. Boring! That's so last year!

Everybody Loves Nebraska-Born Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing is by far the most popular salad dressing in America, with a nearly cult-like following. Ranch Dip is essentially the same recipe but thicker. It depends on how you plan to use it! Here's what’s in it; buttermilk, dill, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, chives, and parsley.

Nebraska native Steve Henson, a plumber by trade, was from the tiny village of Thayer, Nebraska. In about 1950, he worked in construction in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a part-time cook for the crew and created the recipe for them while working there.

The story goes that he and his wife, Gayle, relocated to California to operate a dude ranch. They named it "Hidden Valley Ranch" and started hosting guests and making homemade meals for them.

Steve pulled out the dressing recipe he created while working in Alaska, and it was a huge hit with their customers. Everyone who visited the ranch liked it so much that they began asking for a jar of the tasty dressing to take home.

The Hensons saw the potential of Steve's recipe, so they decided to package and sell their dry ranch dressing mix. First, they sold it in local markets, and eventually, they expanded the distribution to grocery stores.

In 1972, the Hensons sold the Hidden Valley Ranch brand and recipe to the Clorox Company, which still owns the brand. This really surprised me! Steve Henson's invention of ranch dressing has become a culinary icon, and his creation has left a lasting legacy in American cuisine.


Yield: One quart or 16 servings

Homemade Ranch Dip

homemade ranch dip

Here is a recipe for a thick, tangy, creamy dip that is perfect for many applications. It can be thinned to make a pourable ranch dressing.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups full fat sour cream
  • 2 cups Duke's mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder or to taste
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder or to taste
  • One packet of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning or 2- 3 Tbsp from their bulk jar
  • 1 tsp salt, optional
  • 1-2 tsp pepper, or to taste. **


  1. Blend all ingredients thoroughly and store the dip in a tightly sealed container—a glass container is preferable. Keep refrigerated. It stays fresh for two to three weeks.


** To avoid black specks in the dip, use white pepper. White pepper also has a more earthy flavor and subtle heat than black pepper.

We've just turned the page to spring, but already, our thoughts are leap-frogging ahead to graduation parties, Mother's Day, and weekends at the lake! This dip will always be welcome on your table, and so will these wonderful recipes: Best Lemon Cake, Egg and Cheese Salad Sandwich Filling, and Yummy Pistachio Dessert!

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