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Restaurant Ranch Dressing Recipe

Creamy, tangy, herby and perfect with EVERYTHING, you KNOW resistance is futile!  Not only is this recipe for restaurant ranch dressing easy, it is clinically proven to improve the flavor of any dish you serve it with (at least here in the south).

Do you ask for a side of ranch dressing with nearly everything you order at a restaurant? I hate to admit it, but I do too! Okra? Check. French fries? Yes. Any cut of fried chicken? Yep! Baked potato? Hello!

Now, this extremely addicting forever favorite, restaurant ranch dressing,  is perfectly in your reach and you won’t believe how simple it is, too. Seriously, just three ingredients and a good whisk and you are on your way! No need to crack open that bottle of second rate ranch dressing! Make the REAL thing!

Silver bowl pouring restaurant ranch dressing onto green salad on grey plate

Restaurant Ranch Dressing

WHY THIS RECIPE FOR Restaurant Ranch Dressing Recipe  WORKS

  • Easy to use packet is ready for you to whisk it together.
  • Uses ingredients you already have in your fridge
  • Real mayonnaise and whole milk make it creamier!
  • It’s the REAL thing!


There’s a lot of things in that little packet that make it so good, but to start with…

  1. Real Mayonnaise
  2. Whole Milk
  3. Using the name brand dressing mix.
  4. Flavorings and Seasonings that are added to the mix packet.


You can buy restaurant quality ranch dressing at ANY local grocery store, the thing is, you have to mix it up yourself and it is EASY to do!

Just like how you can’t buy premixed and ready coffee in a canned drink, you can’t buy fresh delicious ranch dressing. You just have to mix it up yourself. It’s EASY though, just follow the recipe card below.

Simply purchase the Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing packets and follow the recipe at the bottom of this page!

There’s even a video!

Creamy white restaurant ranch dressing pouring onto a green salad with orange carrots and green broccoli on a grey plate

Restaurant Ranch Dressing


If you mix up a batch of this dressing and keep it in the refrigerator with a lid on it, it will last about a week to 10 days.

No worries, you will use it up long before it goes bad!


No, you can’t freeze it. It has mayonnaise in it. When mayonnaise is frozen and then thawed, it separates into a yucky, unappetizing mess. Ewww. It’s gross.


You will need…

  • A bowl
  • Whisk
  • Measuring cup.

In the video (check out the recipe card below to see), I mention my baby spatula, here’s a link to that. (I’m an amazon affiliate and this photo is an amazon affiliate link. It won’t change your price but will share some commission. Click the photo to go through to Amazon to compare prices (Thank you!). 


Oh man, ranch dressing is good on literally everything! Try it on…

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LET’S SEE HOW Restaurant Ranch Dressing Recipe IS DONE!

(There’s a video down in the recipe card, check out Wendi making this dressing!)

First you want to measure out a cup of mayonnaise into a large bowl

a photo of a cup measure with mayonnaise pouring into a glass bowl with a whisk to the right

Restaurant Ranch Dressing

Then you want to add a cup of whole milk 

A photo of pouring milk into a cup measure for Restaurant Ranch Dressing. Large glass bowl and whisk to the right.

Restaurant Ranch Dressing

Add the packet of ranch dressing to the mixture

A photo of adding a ranch packet to the milk and mayonnaise mixture in a glass bowl

Restaurant Ranch Dressing

Then whisk well until it is all mixed together well

Whisking the mayonnaise, milk and ranch dressing together in a glass bowl

Restaurant Ranch Dressing



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How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing

How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing From Mix

Perfect, creamy wonderful and delicious on everything, you'll love knowing how to make hidden valley ranch dressing
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Course: dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to make hidden valley ranch dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 209kcal


  • 1 Packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk


  • Mix all the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl and whisk briskly.
  • Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes and mix will thicken slightly.
  • Pour into the container you wish to keep the dressing in, cover tightly and refrigerate.


  • You can use mayonnaise substitute if you desire, but the end results will not be the same.
  • Any kind of mayonnaise will work but do not use miracle whip salad dressing as that is a different flavor.
  • Substitute skim, 2% or 1/2 % milk if that is what you feel you need to do, but the resulting ranch dressing will not be as thick and creamy.
  • If you want to add more flavor, use buttermilk instead of milk in the recipe.
  • Kick up the final recipe by adding some chopped fresh chives. The color and flavor is beautiful.
  • Allow the whole thing to sit in the fridge for about an hour or more to thicken.
  • If the resulting recipe is thicker than you prefer, simply add more milk to the recipe to thin it.
  • Always mix it well or shake well before using so that the ingredients get a remix and any settling is shaken up.
  • Ranch dressing is literally wonderful on everything! Use it on pizza, eggs, meats, veggies, breads, everything.


Nutrition Facts
How to Make Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing From Mix
Amount Per Serving
Calories 209 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 199mg8%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 68IU1%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Rating

Betty York

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Making it as a surprise for our thanksgiving meal put on this year by my talented dtr in law who had it one year as dessert in a Mt restaurant in NC & loved it. Praying it turns out well. Will give 5 stars if it does.

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 22nd of November 2023

Hi Betty! I'm thinking that maybe you meant to leave this comment on a different recipe, but either way, I'm glad you found what you were looking for and that it was good!


Thursday 16th of March 2023

Do you have a recipe for a seasoning packet? Trying to make that home made.

Wendi Spraker

Friday 17th of March 2023

Hi, I don't currently have a good substitute recipes for the packet. I've tried many.


Tuesday 5th of July 2022

I can't wait to try this out! The closest I've come to "restaurant style" ranch is the Ken's brand, but even that doesn't quite cut it

I was wondering though, how long would you say this dressing is good for after it's made?

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 6th of July 2022

I think you won't be disappointed.

Tammy C Hunt

Friday 3rd of June 2022

Was wondering do you use the packet that says Restaurant style?

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

If you see that one in the grocery, give it a try!


Saturday 30th of April 2022

Yes!!!!! I’ve been searching for a good copycat that tastes like Denny’s ranch or any other really good restaurant ranch. This is the absolute closest recipe I’ve found, usually they’re too think or a weird consistency or just don’t taste right. This IS IT! And it’s sooooooo easy!! Thank you!!!!! And cheaper than the bottled stuff!

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

So glad you found me!


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