This is THE Homemade Ranch Dressing you've been waiting for your whole life. Thick, creamy, tangy, and full of fresh herbs! Store-bought? Never again.
I am one of those weirdos who love ranch dressing on everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. Salads - yes obviously. But burgers? Pizza? Bread sticks? Pasta salad? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
But as a salad dressing? It just has all the wrong flavors.
How do you make your own ranch?
The secret is this: Fresh buttermilk.
To fresh buttermilk, add mayonnaise, sour cream, plenty of fresh herbs, garlic, and some s&p (salt and pepper). That's it!
What are the herbs in ranch dressing?
Homemade Ranch Dressing contains fresh dill and fresh parsley. I also add red onion, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and a pinch of sugar.
It's better because I can make it whenever I want and I can make as much as I want. And I can eat it with anything, and I'm not in a restaurant where people can judge me.
Dried vs. Fresh Buttermilk
I LOVE the little containers of everlasting-powdered-buttermilk, but don't use that here. Use the real buttermilk from the milk section at your grocery store.
The Knudsen brand comes to mind. Save the buttermilk powder (totally a great, legitimate product!) for all your baking needs.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 6 tablespoons sour cream
- 1 tablespoon red onion minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of sugar
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate at least 10 minutes to blend flavors. Whisk to recombine before serving.