Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

We'll admit it — we are ranch dressing fanatics. We love it on salads, with chicken fingers, for dipping with french fries, and of course we love to eat it with pizza. Most of the time, a store-bought ranch dressing will do the trick, but every now and then it's worth it to go the extra mile and make some from scratch.

Recipe developer and registered dietitian nutritionist, Kristen Carli, MS, RD, brings us this recipe for homemade ranch dressing. With buttermilk, fresh dill, and a combination of sour cream and mayonnaise, this dressing is leaps and bounds tastier than your favorite store-bought classic. And it's the addition of fresh dill that brings a much needed lightness to an otherwise heavy salad dressing, so make sure you don't skip adding the herb.

Once it's made, drizzle this on top of a classic Cobb salad, mix it with mashed potatoes, or use it to make this copycat Chuy's creamy jalapeno dip. There are virtually endless ways to serve up this homemade ranch dressing.

Gather your ingredients for homemade ranch dressing

To make this homemade ranch dressing, you can start by gathering your ingredients. You'll need sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, fresh dil, fresh parsley, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Add the buttermilk, sour cream, and mayo into a bowl

Pour the buttermilk, scoop out the sour cream, and add the mayonnaise into a medium-sized bowl. If you don't have sour cream, or are looking for a slightly healthier option, feel free to sub in Greek yogurt. Depending on your desired consistency, you can thin out the ranch dressing by adding more buttermilk. Use less buttermilk for a thicker ranch dip and more for a thinner ranch dressing.

Mix in the herbs, lemon juice, and spices

Add the chopped herbs, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder into the bowl. The key to this recipe is using fresh chopped dill. The flavor and aroma that the fresh herb provides is simply unmatched. In a pinch, you could substitute dried dill for fresh, but you'd really be missing out.

Mix well and store in an airtight container

Using a silicone spatula, stir the mixture well. Once all of the ingredients have been mostly incorporated, switch to a whisk. The whisk will help break up the clumps and create an even consistency. That's it! Your ranch dressing is complete. Store it in an airtight jar until you're ready to drizzle it on your next salad.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
5 from 29 ratings
If you're a true ranch dressing lover, it's time to switch from the store-bought variety to this recipe for homemade ranch dressing.
Prep Time
Cook Time
ranch dressing on salad greens
Total time: 5 minutes
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  1. Pour the buttermilk, sour cream, and mayonnaise into a medium bowl.
  2. Add fresh herbs, lemon juice, and spices.
  3. Stir well with a large silicone spatula or a wooden spoon. Once combined, stir again with a whisk to remove the clumps.
Calories per Serving 114
Total Fat 11.4 g
Saturated Fat 3.4 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 14.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 2.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Total Sugars 1.6 g
Sodium 121.4 mg
Protein 1.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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