Ranch Dressing

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Did you know that Ranch is America’s favorite salad dressing? And while there are great store-bought options, NOTHING beats creamy, fresh Ranch dressing.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Ranch dressing

Did you know that store-bought Ranch dressing is the bestselling recipe in the United States? While I am not above picking up a store-bought bottle of Ranch (this one is our favorite), I think this recipe is better.

It’s fresh, creamy, and has that subtle tang we love so much on salads or for dipping our favorite veggies.

Thankfully making homemade buttermilk Ranch dressing is incredibly easy to make. With just a few, fresh ingredients, you can make this rich and creamy dressing. And chances are you already have most if not all of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry.

This buttermilk Ranch recipe is just perfect for salads. But it’s also one of my secret ingredients. The other secret ingredient is our homemade Alfredo Sauce. Together they are the perfect combination for one of my family’s favorite comfort foods – Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta.

Fresh dill, parsley, and garlic really bring this Ranch dressing to life. Adding fresh garlic takes it over the top.


  • Buttermilk Or use a buttermilk substitute. (see below)
  • Sour Cream. Use plain whole milk yogurt if you’re in a pinch.
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed
  • Garlic, fresh
  • Dill, fresh
  • Parsley, fresh
  • Sugar. You can use substitute sweeteners like Stevia or Coconut Sugar.

How to Make Ranch Dressing

Adding fresh cracked pepper to the dressing
  1. Chop the parsley and dill. Peel and mince the fresh garlic cloves.
  2. Use a medium bowl to combine sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, and lemon juice, and sugar.
  3. Add the fresh garlic, parsley, and dill, and red onion. Whisk until well combined. Season with salt and fresh cracked pepper

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Notes and Substitutions

Creamy buttermilk Ranch dressing is perfect for salads, dipping your favorite veggies, chips, pretzels, fries and even comfort foods like pizza or sliders.

Simple Buttermilk substitutions

  1. If you don’t have fresh buttermilk on hand, you can substitute buttermilk powder.
  2. Combine one tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of milk. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes. This is my favorite method because I pretty much always have milk and fresh lemons in the house.
  3. Add 3 tablespoons of milk to one cup of plain yogurt or sour cream.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing

Fresh ingredients make this the best Ranch dressing – EVER!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dip, dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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  • Chop the fresh parsley and fresh dill. Peel and use a garlic rocker to mince the garlic cloves.
  • Combine the buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise in a medium mixing bowl. Add fresh lemon juice and sugar.
  • Add chopped parsley, dill, and minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper


Calories: 123kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 3.5mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe
Updated: November 20, 2019

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