One of the easiest ways to eat healthy for cheap is to make your own seasonings, dips and dressings. Starting to do this is easy, cost effective and makes sure that you know exactly what is in your food… because YOU put it there.

Our family loves flavors and so moving away from store bought dressings etc. might have been a struggle if we weren’t so gung ho about making our own seasonings. We are frugal, busy people who love to keep things simple. So homemade spice mixes, here we come!

However, while we’ve been totally hooked on Mexican inspired dishes and even made a super versatile multipurpose Taco Blend, we also like the cooler, creamy flavors of other dips and dressings such as Ranch.


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Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix

Which brings us to this spice blend… probably one of the most easy and versatile seasoning blends that you could have in your pantry. BEHOLD! The Homemade “Ranch” Seasoning Base Mix.

Why did I put “Ranch” in quotations and call it a base mix? Because as-is this tastes a lot like sour cream and onion chips (my weakness!), and you could easily tweak this base recipe by adding peppercorn, red pepper flakes, etc. to make unique new flavors depending on what you are using it for!

This is a perfect base mix to have handy for quick homemade dressings, dips and sauces that can be easily customized for a variety of flavors. Versatility is an absolute MUST for any lazy frugal foodie’s pantry. Why make a bunch of spice blends when you can make a select few and customize as you need to- or just leave as the recipe states!

On that note, we used this blend to make an absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD pasta salad!

Check it out here and be wowed out of your damned mind!

Creamy Ranch Vegetable Pasta Salad Recipe

If you try this let us know how it goes in the comments. And please SHARE!

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Homemade Ranch Seasoning Base Mix
A super easy, crazy versatile homemade "Ranch" seasoning mix. use on its own or as a base for other blends, dips or dressings!
Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix- For Creamy Ranch Vegetable Pasta Salad
Course Spice Blends
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Mason Jar
Course Spice Blends
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Mason Jar
Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix- For Creamy Ranch Vegetable Pasta Salad
  1. Measure all ingredients and add to a wide mouth mason jar. Put on lid and shake to mix well. Use scoops of mix from your jar to use as-is (as a powder seasoning mix) or add to a creamy base for making dips, dressings or sauces.
Recipe Notes

Each time you are going to use this mix, give it a good shake as the salts and powders will settle.


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  1. Mindy July 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    That’s all that’s in ranch?! I have all those things. Ranch it is!

    1. MandiEm July 27, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Let me know how it goes! Like I said it tasted a lot more like sour cream and onion so you may want to customize a bit further for that real Ranchy taste!

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  3. OBM Creations August 4, 2017 at 4:48 am

    That sounds fabulous. I will have to look for bigger packets of the herbs (ours typically come in 55-100 gram packets).


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