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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.)

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

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

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

  3. 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!

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

  5. Sounds great! Yummy!


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

  7. Kathryn, the food lists have changed a bit in the updated book (South Beach Diet Supercharged) so that's probably why you see conflicting information. (The lists in the new book are more liberal.)

    As far as I know, all dried beans are allowed for phase one, but the serving size is limited to 1/3 to 1/2 cup cooked beans, so I'd eat dishes that contain beans but not a huge serving of something like refried beans.

  8. Hi Kalyn – I have a question about beans – specifically pinquitos or more broadly pinto beans. Are these beans allowed in Phase I or not? The pinquitos are a small bean, supposedly a cross between a pink bean and a small white bean (Wikipedia). Since the kidney bean is much larger and fleshier, I don't see how the pinquito wouldn't be ok but I see some sites allowing only the black bean and the kidney bean. Any thoughts?

  9. Danielle, you got me curious, so I looked around a little on the web and found this:


    It appears that sour cream is not that limited from what it says here.

  10. Danielle, sour cream isn't listed on the food lists, but low-fat plain yogurt is on the list of foods for phase one (and sour cream is not on the list of "foods to avoid.") But if you look in the little "Good Fats, Good Carbs Guide published by South Beach Fat Free and Low Fat sour cream are both rated "good." The serving size is only 2 T though, so you might want to make this with plain fat-free yogurt for phase one, which has a serving size of 8 oz.

    I think I will edit the recipe to make that more clear, thanks!

  11. Are we allowed to have sour cream on phase one? I am doing a month long phase one and need something other than peanut butter to have with my celery 🙂

  12. 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!

  13. MelRae, yes I've used the dry ranch mix many times (check the package to make sure there is no sugar.) Many of them do have MSG, which I personally am not sensitive to. The package mix isn't quite a fresh tasting as this dip my grandma used to make, but it's pretty good!

  14. Hi Kalyn! I am so glad I found your blog. I am starting SBD in a week (have done it before years ago with good success). I have a question: Are you saying that it is OK to use the dry ranch dressing mix from the grocery store for Phase 1? I guess as long as it has no sugar in the ingredients? And that I should mix it with light sour cream? Thanks!

  15. I’m looking at that page and it says Fat-free or reduced fat sour cream is rated “good” and imitation, non-dairy, or regular sour cream is “limited.” Personally I hate fat free sour cream, which often has added sugar. I always buy reduced fat sour cream (often called “light” sour cream.) Definitely you could eat this on phase one with light sour cream and light mayo, just use some judgement on the portion sizes.

  16. i’m pretty new to sbd so just in phase 1, but i’ve been religiously studying and following what i’m supposed to eat and not eat. I have a question, in “Good Fats good carbs” book it says to eat fat free sour cream and avoid regular, so I’m confused. i can’t find fat free anyway, so if i can use regular i will love this recipe, just not sure what is ok. thanks….

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

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