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Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip

Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip was a Denny family favorite long before anyone heard of Ranch Dressing! And this family favorite Ranch Dip is a delicious low-carb and keto dip recipe! 

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(I don’t usually post on Thursday, but today I am in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, and tomorrow morning we are leaving ultra early on a shuttle to go to San Jose! So this is a Friday Favorites post that I’m sharing on Thursday!)

Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip is one of my big memories from childhood! When I was a kid, my Grandma Denny made a fantastic dip that she served with carrots and celery as an appetizer at family dinners. In those days we called Grandma’s homemade ranch dip just *Vegetable Dip* as if there was only one kind of dip that could possibly be served with veggies. This was long before the introduction of Ranch Dressing to the American culinary scene, and obviously my Grandma Denny was ahead of her time, because  now people all over the country are eating Ranch Dip with veggies.

There’s nothing wrong with making Ranch-Style Vegetable Dip using a package mix. But Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip is a bit fresher tasting as well as being low in carbs, and if you usually use the mix but don’t have a package on hand I bet you’ll love my Grandma’s recipe.

Grandma always used full-fat mayo and sour cream, but for anyone wanting lower fat you can obviously make this with reduced-fat products if you prefer.  (If you don’t like mayo, you might prefer my Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, made with Greek yogurt and cottage cheese for a higher protein dip.)

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How to Make Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip:

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  1. My Grandma always used Bon Appetit Seasoning Salt as the secret seasoning in her vegetable dip, which no longer being made (sob!) If you still have Bon Appetite, us it, but now I use Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link), or  Trocomare Herb Seasoning (affiliate link).
  2. Grate a small amount of raw onion into a bowl.  (I use the large side of a box grater; don’t use a microplane grater which just turns the onion to liquid.)
  3. Add mayo and sour cream to bowl.
  4. Then add Beau Monde Seasoning (or Trocomare Seasoning), and dried dill weed (affiliate link).
  5. Mix all ingredients together well with a whisk.  You can use a food processor as well, but the whisk is easier.
  6. Let the dip chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour or two for best flavor.
  7. Serve with raw vegetables like celery, sugar snap peas, bell pepper strips, jicama, radishes, broccoli, or cauliflower.
  8. This is also good with carrots or as a dip for baked sweet potato fries for those who don’t mind more carbs.

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I ate this over the weekend with my friend Robin and we thought the sugar snap peas were especially good with the dip, which Robin gave two thumbs up!

More Tasty Vegetable Dips You Might Like:

Sheila’s Low-Carb Shrimp Dip from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Roasted Vegetable Dip with Tahini from Foolproof Living
Greek Yogurt and Tahini Dip for Tomatoes and Cucumbers ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Beau Monde Dip with Cottage Cheese and Veggies from Farm Fresh Feasts
Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Feta and Mint ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Grandma Denny's Homemade Ranch Dip

Grandma Denny's Homemade Ranch Dip

Yield 8 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Grandma Denny's Homemade Ranch Dip is a recipe everyone in my family loves!


  • 1 cup sour cream (see notes)
  • 1 cup mayo (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. grated onion
  • 2 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 2 tsp. Beau Monde Seasoning (see notes)


  1. Grate onion into a bowl, using the large side of a box grater or flat grater (not a microplane grater.)
  2. Add all other ingredients to the bowl and stir together with a whisk (or you can use a food processor, but it’s not necessary.)
  3. Chill an hour or so before serving.


I only use Daisy full-fat sour cream and full-fat mayo for this recipe. If you prefer to make a lower-fat version of the recipe click Here.

My Grandma always used Bon Appetit Seasoning for this. When that was discontinued I started making it with Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link), which is almost identical in flavor.

This will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks. Nutritional information doesn't include vegetables and is calculated on 1/4 cup serving size.

Recipe from my Grandma Denny, who was a wonderful cook!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 564mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip is great for low-carb diets, but my Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip is better for the South Beach Diet. Eat with low-carb vegetables like celery, sugar snap peas, jicama, bell pepper strips, radishes, broccoli, or cauliflower for low-carb diets. 

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    26 Comments on “Grandma Denny’s Homemade Ranch Dip”

  1. I love fresh Ranch dips.

    When packing lunches or snacks for myself, one of my tricks for adjusting the dip to veggie ratio is to thin a small amount of the dip with milk to make it more like a salad dressing than a dip. That way I can eat more vegetables (with dip) in a less caloric, and moderately guilt free manner. Not so thin that it drips, but not so thick that it's dip. 😉

  2. Knitting Reader, this really helps with the goal of eating more veggies! That's one of the main reasons I make it.

    Maris, I wondered about that too. Haven't tried it, but plan to.

  3. Love the sound of this dip – also, love the Anonymous reader's tip on how to get onion smell off your hands. Wonder if it works with garlic, too?

  4. Thank you so much for the updated recipe! My current goal is to eat more veggies, so this will be a big help.

    I bought Bon Appetit for one of your other dip recipes and really like it.

  5. Lydia and Kath, all three of those seasonings are great when you want a bit of onion/celery flavor in a dish. The Trocomare seasoning is good with eggs and a great addition to soup or stew as well.

  6. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) took the words right out of my mouth! Your Grandma's dip does look great, but I'm excited to learn about the seasonings, especially the Trocomare which is new to me. Thank you! 🙂