Homemade Ranch Dressing

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.

And yet….

I’ve never really been a fan of the ubiquitous bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch. Those seasoning packets of it? Sure, on crackers or in taco soup or wherever.

But as a salad dressing? It just has all the wrong flavors.

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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Where did you get that bottle?

Looking for the bottle in the picture? You can find it on Target.com or on Amazon.com.

5 from 2 votes

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword ranch, salad dressing
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Calories 81kcal
  • 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.

Recipe Notes

Looking for the bottle in the picture? You can find it on Target.com or on Amazon.com.

Nutrition

Calories: 81kcal

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  1. Hello Meggan, Do you happen to have a Delicious Copy Cat Orange Chicken Dressing from Cheese Cake Factory or one that is similar? I love there Orange Chicken Dressing. I order there Chicken Littles and toss them in the Orange Chicken Dressing. It’s Delicious!!! There Chicken Littles are spicy with a Cajun seasoning. Really Yummy!
    I’m going to make your Cajun seasoning and your Homemade Ranch Dressing.
    Thank you for sharing your recipes.
    Have a blessed day.
    Peace

  2. Rachel

    Where did you get that jar that looks like it would fit canning lids?

    1. Hope

      Hi where did you get that pretty sajeped jar with the lid ? Not the pitcher … which you gave the link for 

  3. Dave

    Don’t forget chicken strips. 5 stars

  4. Linda Ehlinger

    Is there anyway to make this “LITE” low-cal home made Ranch dressing?

  5. Amy

    Ok sounds great! Thanks!

  6. Amy Blystone

    How long will this last?

    1. meggan

      Hi Amy! 4 days in the refrigerator per standard CDC guidelines for leftovers. It’s possible it would last longer, maybe a week, and if separation occurs you can just shake or stir to recombine. However, I feel most comfortable saying 4 days. Thank you!

  7. Keena

    Can I ask where you got this pitcher? Thanks! :)5 stars

    1. meggan

      Amazon.com of course – that’s where I get everything! :) Here is a link if you want to check it out! http://amzn.to/1T0zft3
      This is an affiliate link. If you’d rather not shop through an affiliate link, just search for “Anchor Hocking Cruet” and you should be able to find it! :)

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