Homemade Ranch Dressing. Cold, creamy and loaded up with fresh herbs this dressing can be drizzled over your salads or served as a dip. 

Homemade Ranch Dressing. The perfect salad dressing and dip! Loaded with fresh or dried herbs this dressing is tangy, fresh, and creamy. Use as a dip with some fried pickles or even pizza. Or drizzle all over your freshly made salads. 

How to make Homemade Ranch Dressing:

  1. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk: this allows you to control the consistency of the dressing. 
  2. Add herbs & seasonings: this recipe can be made with fresh herbs or dried seasonings. Both amounts are included below.
  3. Stir in lemon juice: a little bit of acid from the lemon juice completes the flavor! Can also substitute with vinegar if needed. 

Ingredients Breakdown:

The base of ranch dressing is made with a combination of the following:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Buttermilk 

The herbs and seasonings used in ranch:

  • Parsley
  • Dill Weed
  • Chives
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt

To add a bit more flavor and tang to the dressing use a splash of fresh lemon juice or vinegar.


  • Chipotle: blend some chipotle peppers and adobo sauce to add to the ranch for a spicier version.
  • Greek Yogurt: replace the mayonnaise/sour cream mixture with greek yogurt for a lighter version.
  • Avocado Ranch Dressing: this version includes avocado, cilantro and lime juice.
  • Salsa Ranch: replace a portion of the buttermilk with salsa. Perfect for using on Taco Salads.
Small hand with chipped nail polish dipping a baby carrot into a jar filled with homemade ranch dressing.

Pro Tips: To make a thicker dip leave out the buttermilk and create the sauce using mayonnaise and sour cream. For pourable dressing add buttermilk! 

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Jar filled with homemade creamy ranch dressing topped with additional chopped herbs. A spoon is dipped in the ranch and fresh veggies are on the counter around the jar.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

5 from 13 votes
Homemade Ranch Dressing. Cold, creamy and loaded up with fresh herbs this dressing can be drizzled over your salads or served as a dip. 


  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk, add to preference
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp fresh dill, Chopped, (¼ tsp dried dill)
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, Chopped, (1 tsp dried parsley)
  • 1 tsp fresh chives, diced,(½ tsp dried chives)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed, or apple cider vinegar


  • In a small mixing bowl combine the mayonnaise and sour cream. Add the buttermilk as needed to get desired pourable consistency. If making a dip replace buttermilk with more mayo/sour cream.
  • Add the herbs and seasonings. Mix together.
  • Stir in lemon juice.
  • Cover and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.


Storage: Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Stir before serving.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 15mg, Sodium: 190mg, Potassium: 45mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 163IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 33mg, Iron: 1mg
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