Homemade Ranch Seasoning (Dairy-Free)

Have you ever read the ingredient label on ranch mix?  Just for fun, I checked the ingredient label of Hidden Valley Ranch mix.

Ingredients: maltodextrin, salt, momosodium glutamate, dried onion, dried garlic spices, modified food starch, less than 3% of: buttermilk, calcium stearate, natural flavor (soy)

Not only is that not allergy-free, it is disgusting! Have no fear!  I have a recipe that is a fraction of the cost but tastes multiple times better. This recipe is so easy and so good, you’ll never buy that HiddenValley stuff again!

This ranch seasoning works exceptionally well on Bacon and Ranch Roasted Cauliflower.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning


  • 5 Tbsp Dried Minced Onions or 5 tsp Onion Powder
  • 7 tsp Parsley Flakes
  • 4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dill


  1. Add all ingredients to an air tight container and shake well.

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Photo Credit: Bala

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18 Responses to “Homemade Ranch Seasoning (Dairy-Free)”

  1. can’t wait to try this with not only your cauliflower recipe, but some old school recipes from my youth that used the hidden valley packets. No way I would ever touch the stuff today, so this is great!

  2. daisy says:

    How does that pass for food? Geesh…
    Thanks for the healthy version. Can’t wait for hubby to try it!

  3. This is great! I see the recipes from time to time about dumping all the ingredients (including the HV Ranch mix) into the crockpot and letting it go. Obviously with the dairy issue, we could never do that (nor have I really desired to). Now you’ve opened up another option to me. Thanks!

  4. Laura says:

    I love this recipe Nancy. I would have no guilt at all throwing this homemade seasoning into a recipe or on top of a salad!

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  7. Not to be stupid, but do I then add the Ranch seasoning to something like mayo and almond milk? How do I make this into the dressing? Thanks.

    • Nancy says:

      That’s not a stupid question! My favorite thing is to mix it into sour cream and use it as a veggie dip. Sometimes I thin the sour cream with milk to make a dressing. Anyway, I never found a good whole food, top-8 free solution. You could use a soy based sour cream alternative if you are OK with soy, or you could try a vegan mayo and rice milk. I posted the recipe to be used with Bacon and Ranch Roasted Cauliflower which is to die for and completely free of the top-8 allergens. You could also sprinkle it on popcorn or mix into mashed potatoes. Hope that helps!

  8. Thank you SO much – -NOW I remember.As I read your answer it all came back to me, but prior to that I was totally mystified. So much for my 66 year old brain.

  9. Angela says:

    Thank you for this!! My daughter is allergic to soy and when I started reading the ingredients I also noticed how horrible the ingredients were. Now I don’t have to worry about that! Now I can go back to some recipes and use this instead of the packet. Thanks!!

  10. Megan says:

    Hey there! I just whipped this up in 2 minutes and it tastes just like HV ranch mix! Thank you so much for this recipe as my son is allergic to milk. I will be using it to make this recipe: http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.com/2013/11/one-dish-chicken-veggie-bake.html


  11. Kelly says:

    I’m excited to use this for a friend who is severely allergic to dairy. Does this recipe replace the 1 oz. Hidden Valley packet? Or no?