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Homemade Ranch Dressing

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

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

original post republished and updated June 2018

I know the term ‘the best’ has some high expectations and I promise that this {the best} homemade ranch dressing lives up to it. I only refer to something as ‘the best’ when it completely replaces the store bought version for me. This blender salsa is also one that I make homemade instead of buying jarred store-bought salsa. 

This homemade ranch dressing is the newest addition and literally takes 2 minutes (at the most) to mix together. It has so much more flavor than any brand you will buy in the store. Promise!

You mix everything together in a bowl and that’s it! It could not be any easier.

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

If you keep these items on hand it is also really cheap. I always have sour cream, mayo, buttermilk and the spices stocked in my kitchen —> I buy those big jars of spices at Costco. Much cheaper and they last forever!

I have made this more times than I can count and it’s best to use full-fat products. Ranch dressing is not made to be diet food 🙂 . You could get away with using ‘light’ sour cream but that’s about it. It tastes so much better with the full-fat versions of mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk.

Normally I say use the buttermilk substitute; 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar + milk to equal 1 cup buttermilk. It actually does not work well in this recipe. The real buttermilk from the store provides a much richer, tastier ranch dressing. But yes, you can use the buttermilk substitute if needed.

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

Whip up this homemade ranch dressing and use it as a salad dressing, veggie dip, or in any recipe that calls for ranch dressing! I like to use it for my kids’ ham & cheese sandwiches as well. Spread some ranch on the bread instead of plain mayo.

They love ranch on anything! We also love dipping pizza into this ranch dressing. Do you dip pizza into ranch? You should try it.

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. It’s best if you let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. It tastes much better cold once all the flavors come together.

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Tips for making homemade ranch dressing

  • For best results, please use full-fat products for the sour cream, mayo, and buttermilk. If you must use some that are low-fat then I would use the low-fat buttermilk. For best taste, keep the sour cream and mayo the full fat stuff.
  • This ranch dressing thickens up as it sits in the fridge. If it is too thick, simply add some milk (buttermilk or regular) until you reach your desired consistency. 
  • This tastes so much better after letting it refrigerate. You might taste it right after making it and think it’s not that great. But stick it in the fridge for a few hours and it will be so much better. 
  • The recipe does not call for dried chives, as it’s not something that most people have on hand. If I have it, then I for sure add some but if not, it’s no big deal and I leave them out. 

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Only a handful of ingredients + 1 minute is all you need to make your own homemade ranch dressing. Use it over salads, as a dip, or in any recipe that calls for ranch dressing! This stuff is so easy & delicious!
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Prep Time
2 mins
Total Time
2 mins
 
Only a handful of ingredients + 1 minute is all you need to make your own homemade ranch dressing. Use it over salads, as a dip, or in any recipe that calls for ranch dressing! This stuff is so easy & delicious!
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade, ranch dressing, salad dressing
Calories: 54 kcal
Author: Jessica - Together as Family
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup full-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup full-fat 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 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a bowl and stir together until well combined. For best results, let refrigerate for at least a few hours before using or serving. 

  2. If dressing gets too thick, simply add additional milk or buttermilk until desired consistency is reached. 

Recipe Notes

Calorie count is for one serving. The recipe makes about 1.5 cups of ranch dressing and I figure each serving is usually about 1 1/2 tablespoons. So you can get 16 servings from the recipe. 

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

 

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    Diana
    March 21, 2016 at 2:33 pm 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....
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      Together As Family
      March 22, 2016 at 10:44 am 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 :)
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    Tina
    March 25, 2016 at 3:51 am 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.
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      Together As Family
      March 26, 2016 at 8:31 pm So happy you loved it Tina :) I love the idea of adding fresh parsley. Yum! Thank you so much for coming back to leave your comment. Have a great weekend!
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    Madison
    April 13, 2016 at 3:18 pm Hi! How long will this keep in the fridge?
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      Together As Family
      April 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm 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.
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    Janelle
    August 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm 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!
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      Together As Family
      August 18, 2016 at 9:05 am 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 :) Thanks for leaving your feedback.
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    Tamara
    September 12, 2016 at 10:24 am Hi! Thanks for the recipe! Any idea how long it will keep in the fridge? Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      September 12, 2016 at 11:26 am 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 :)
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    Carl Rohrssen
    October 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm I just made this is by far test ranch dressing have ever tasted. And so easy. Thanks.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      October 16, 2016 at 9:42 pm 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.
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    Rebecca
    January 29, 2017 at 11:59 am what kind of mayonnaise do you use?
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      Together As Family
      January 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm 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.
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    Wendy McDonald
    February 3, 2017 at 9:21 pm 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.
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      Together As Family
      February 5, 2017 at 9:51 pm 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 :)
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    Joe Garrett
    June 9, 2017 at 11:03 am Homemade is always the best way to go. This Ranch is our new favorite. Great taste. I can't wait to put it on our garden Romaine lettuce.
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      Together As Family
      June 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm Yes, it is! Especially with ranch dressing. It's so much better than anything you'll buy at the store. Enjoy!
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    Cara
    August 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm I love this ranch! I have always used the substitute of vinegar in milk as a substitute for buttermilk and I think it works very well! I have had it with the buttermilk so I was able to compare. Just FYI if anyone doesn't have it or want to buy a big thing of it :)
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      Together As Family
      August 5, 2017 at 10:00 pm I love the vinegar and milk tip! I use that when I don't have buttermilk in the fridge and I agree, it does work very well. So glad you love this ranch! I could basically drink this stuff :) kidding..... but it is so good!
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    Lisa Spencer
    October 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm Is this recipe thin or like sludge? Every homemade ranch I have ever made has been waaaaay too thick. It is more of a dip. I want thin?
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      Together As Family
      October 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm It is a thinner dressing but not like really thin (watery) dressing. If that even make sense, haha :) The longer it sits in the fridge the thicker it becomes but I don't think it gets super thick. You can also just add more buttermilk or regular milk to thin in out once it's been in the fridge.
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    Pam
    November 28, 2017 at 7:05 pm This is the "Best Homemade Ranch Dressing"!!! I don't like bottled store bought dressing so I've been trying different homemade ranch dressing recipes online and it's true, this is the BEST. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the rest of us :)
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      Together As Family
      November 30, 2017 at 7:53 pm You're so welcome! It makes me happy to hear that others love this too. I don't buy store bought anymore either. This stuff is so much better :)
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    Jennifer
    December 31, 2017 at 5:09 pm There is way too much mayonnaise. Did not have a good taste.
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      Together As Family
      January 5, 2018 at 11:10 am Mayo is a big component of salad dressing. Especially ranch. Make sure you use a mayo that you like, or at least a high quality brand. I mention that in the post as a tip. Sorry you didn't like this ☹️ Thanks for coming back! J
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    Kate
    January 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm Any suggestions for me?...mine tastes way too much like mayo. I really like my mayo, this just tastes funky now. What would you add first to adjust the flavor?
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      Together As Family
      January 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm Oh no! So sorry. The only thing I could think of that's making it taste funky (like too much mayo) is : make sure you are using mayonnaise and not miracle whip. Also, I really recommend using a quality brand of mayonnaise, not the store brand because it does not taste nearly as decent as the name brand. If you're still having trouble with the flavor I would use less mayo and see if that helps.
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    Jim McCarthy
    February 12, 2018 at 1:22 pm I love the flavor. I just wish it was a little thicker, like store bought. Do you have any idea on how to make it thicker? I love the idea of knowing what is in my food.
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      Together As Family
      February 19, 2018 at 4:12 pm If you want I thicker, make sure that you use whole fat buttermilk, whole fat sour cream, and regular mayo. If it's still not thick enough then reduce the buttermilk slightly.
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    Amber
    April 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm This is finger licking good. I have always loved ranch and found that nothing in the store is of good quality. I found that homeade ranches is where it is at and not only that this is a healthier version. In that sense what are the Nutritional Facts?
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      Together As Family
      April 29, 2018 at 8:47 pm Not sure. I would have to add it up in a recipe nutrition app or something. I'll have to do that next time I make it, which seems to be often, and then I can add it to the recipe for everyone.
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    Elesha
    May 10, 2018 at 6:10 pm I love this ranch recipe! And so does my family I doubled it just the last time I made it! Thank you for his contribution.
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    Lisia
    August 25, 2018 at 5:34 pm I am planning on making this ranch dressing. I do have one question. Will I be able to refrigerate what’s left for later and for how long?
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      Together As Family
      August 30, 2018 at 8:05 pm Yes, leftovers refrigerate really well. I find that 2-3 days is a good time for this ranch dressing. Anything longer than that and the dressing tends to separate. I hope that helps. Hope you enjoy it!
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    Andi
    October 11, 2018 at 7:03 pm I added a avacado. Super good
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      Together As Family
      October 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm Oh wow, avocado!! I need to try that. So happy you loved it.
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    Lisa T
    October 14, 2018 at 7:22 pm This recipe is great, and very forgiving! I had all ingredients except buttermilk and dried dill. I took into consideration that you said the buttermilk substitute of milk and vinegar lacked richness in the recipe, so I used half & half instead of milk. Since I didn't have dill, I used a tablespoon of dill pickle juice, and it was delicious!
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      Together As Family
      October 17, 2018 at 9:46 am I love your half-n-half hack. It's brilliant. I've tried making this recipe with the buttermilk substitute and it's SO much better with the real, full-fat stuff, haha :) Thank you so much for coming back to leave your review and I am so happy you love this recipe. It's a favorite of mine.
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    Lorri
    November 6, 2018 at 3:17 pm Hi! I just started experimenting with recipes I've found on pinterest and your ranch dressing is really great! It's got lots of flavor and I'd much rather make this instead of buying hidden valley from the store...hmmm....saving money..taste better and it's healthier! Thank you!
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      Together As Family
      November 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm So happy to hear this. I hope you find more recipes you love. Thanks for being here!
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