Homemade Ranch Dressing

Only a handful of ingredients + about 1 minute is all you need to make your own made-from-scratch ranch dressing. Use it over salads, as a dip, or in any recipe that calls for ranch dressing! This stuff is so easy & delicious!

THE BEST HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING | so much tastier than store bought and only take 2 minutes to make! www.togetherasfamily.com

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you have seen a few of ‘the best….’ posts come up.

The Best Enchilada Sauce

The Best Bean Salad

The Best Homemade Salsa

I know the term ‘the best’ has some high expectations and I promise that these recipes live up to it. I only refer to something as ‘the best’ when it completely replaces the store bought version for me.ย This homemade ranch dressing is the newest addition and literally takes 2 minutes (at the most) to mix together, and it has so much more flavorย than any brand you will buy in the store.

If you keep these items on hand it is also really cheap. I always have sour cream, mayo, buttermilk (if not I use the easy substitute… see below), and the spices stocked in my kitchen —> I buy those big jars of spices at Costco. Much cheaper and they last forever!

Whip up this homemade ranch dressing and use it as a salad dressing, as a veggie dip (perfect for Thanksgiving), or as a spread. I like to use it for my kids’ ham & cheese sandwiches as well.

This gets thicker as it sits in the fridge. Not too thick for our liking, but if it is, just add a few drops of milk or buttermilk until you reach your desired consistency.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk substitute: pour 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar into a 1/2 cup measuring cup and then fill the rest of the way with milk.

You can use low-fat sour cream and/or buttermilk but I would use the full-fat mayo. If you use all low-fat ingredients, keep in mind that the final dressing will not be as thick, rich, & creamy.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until combined well.
  2. If dressing is too thick, add a small splash of buttermilk until you reach your desired consistency.
  3. Use right away or keep in the fridge.
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As I was making this dressing the other night I realized my onion powder was expired….. 3 years ago!! Not sure why I had never noticed that before?!?!

Have a great Monday everyone! I will be posting one more new recipe tomorrow and then I will take a break for Thanksgiving. Plus, my kids are out of school, and they are ultra demanding and attention hogs ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a good thing I love them!

You will need a whisk, mixing bowl, and of course measuring spoons

I have these exact same colorful measuring spoons and I love them! So bright & colorful.

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  1. Diana says

    I use this same recipe and it really is the best I’ve found. Your suggestion to keep dry ingredients on hand is excellent. You can buy powdered buttermilk. Not expensive. Takes a second to mix a Tb with water…you can mix enough for one recipe and always have it on hand. Bob’s Red Mill is one brand. I use it for biscuits also….

    • Together As Family says

      Just the other day day I pulled out my buttermilk powder because I forgot to buy some at the store. I love that stuff! I’ve never used it before this ranch dressing but now I make sure I always keep it on hand. Thanks for stopping by Diana ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Tina says

    Thanks I made this dressing tonight. Fanastic I added fresh parsley because it’s in the yard. I also added the dressing to my macaroni salad. Love it. I could make this often.

    • Together As Family says

      So happy you loved it Tina ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the idea of adding fresh parsley. Yum! Thank you so much for coming back to leave your comment. Have a great weekend!

    • Together As Family says

      This will keep in the fridge for as long as the ingredients will. I would say because of the milk and sour cream, it would only be good for up to 2 weeks?? When I make it, it seems to keep well for up to 2 weeks. I hope that answers your question.

  3. Janelle says

    This is the best ranch recipe ever! I made it the first time and we gobbled it up so fast! I haven’t Purchased store bought ranch yet:) Thanks for sharing!

    • Together As Family says

      Hi Janelle! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I love this ranch dressing too and always *try* to keep it on hand in the fridge ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for leaving your feedback.

    • Together As Family says

      With the sour cream and buttermilk in it, I would say up to 7 days in the fridge. It never ever lasts that long in my house ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Together As Family says

      That makes me so happy to hear! We love this stuff and I am so glad that others are loving it as well. Thanks for coming back to let me know.

    • Together As Family says

      Hi Rebecca! I prefer the regular, whole-fat mayo because it has much better flavor than the low-fat or light mayos. I like the Hellman’s brand but any brand would work. Hope that helps.

  4. says

    I absolutely LOVE this dressing! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve made this many times and it’s now pretty much a staple in our refrigerator.

    I hope you don’t mind but I shared it on my blog.

    • Together As Family says

      Hi Wendy. So happy you love this dressing. And I don’t mind at all that you shared it on your blog. I love sharing recipes ๐Ÿ™‚


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