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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, or see below for a lower-fat variation made with blended cottage cheese and fat-free Greek yogurt if you prefer that version!

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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. Or if you don’t like mayo, you might prefer the variation below for Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, made with Greek yogurt and blended cottage cheese for a higher protein, lower-fat dip.)

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

Can you make this dip with onion powder?

I love the flavor the grated onion gives to my Grandma Denny’s dip. But if you prefer, just use 1 tsp. onion powder.

Can you make this dip with Greek Yogurt?

I sometimes make a variation of this that I call Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip that’s lower in fat and higher in protein. For that variation follow this recipe but replace the sour cream with one cup of cottage that’s blended in the food processor until it’s nearly smooth and replace the mayo with one cup fat-free Greek Yogurt.

Want a version of this dip with more texture?

You can make a variation of this recipe with a little chopped red onion, finely diced cucumber, and finely diced red pepper if you’d like a chunkier dip. I would use about 2 T of each.

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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, but it’s no longer being made (sob!) If you still have Bon Appetite, use it, but now I use Beau Monde Seasoning (affiliate link). If you’re in Europe you can also use Trocomare 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 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 quicker.
  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.
  9. I tested this out on my friend Robin and she gave it two thumbs up!

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More Tasty Vegetable Dips You Might Like:

Sheila’s Low-Carb Shrimp Dip 
Greek Yogurt Dip (with Tahini)
Roasted Red Pepper Dip with Feta 

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a 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 but if you prefer to make a lower-fat version of the recipe you can definitely use reduced fat sour cream and mayo.

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 if you’re making this for the original South Beach Diet the Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip variation above is better for South Beach. 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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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
Kalyn was making this dip recipe long before the existence of the internet, and it was first posted on this site in 2005 (probably without a single photo in those days.) The recipe was last updated with more information in 2021.

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    17 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. Lydia and Kath, those seasonings are great when you want a bit of onion/celery flavor in a dish.

  3. 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. Thank you! 🙂

  4. 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.

  5. The dip looks wonderful, of course, but what's even more interesting to me is that you're suggesting spice blends I've never tried before. Going off to my supermarket today to see what I can find!

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. I promise, anyone who's been making the package mix type of Ranch Dip, you will love this version from my Grandma!

  9. Cannot wait to try. I've been looking for a simple Ranch recipe that is inexpensive to make like this one. Those Ranch packets can be pricey. Thanks!

  10. Sounds great! Yummy!


  11. Love homemade dips and this looks delish! Cheers!

  12. Yummy 🙂 Love the updated version. My kids are crazy for dip so I think this would be awesome.

  13. I'm so glad I found your blog! My sister and I have joined up to start SB in a week, so I'm sure I'll be visiting frequently. Thanks for providing great recipes!

  14. Anonymous, I did not know that! Great tip, thanks for sharing.

  15. You mention in the recipe that grating the onion can get your hands pretty smelly. As it has been quite some time since you posted this….you might already know this. But when you go to wash your hands, rub stainless steel. It takes the smell away. Works great with seafood smells an hands as well. They actually make a stainless steel bar of “soap” now.

  16. Jan, I hope you will get this reply. Bon Appetit is a mixture of seasonings which has salt, Msg., celery seed and onion. Something else you can use is Beau Monde seasoning, it’s very similar. I know some people are anti Msg, but I am hooked on using it in this dip.

  17. This looks like a yummy dip but what is Bon Apettit?