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Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!

Creamy homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is a staple for salads as well as for appetizers, veggies and more. Try this homemade version in King Ranch Chicken Casserole or Ranch Burgers.

Homemade Ranch Dressing in a glass jar.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

I think we can all agree that everything is better with Ranch dressing!! It has become such a staple in our home, and not just for salads – we are talking chicken, appetizers, veggies – you name it. We love buttermilk ranch dressing and are sad it’s taken us this long to share our classic recipe with you.

Yes, you can buy ranch from the store, but homemade ranch dressing made from scratch is THE best!! And you may be surprised to know that you may have most of the ingredients on hand already. We know there are so many varieties out there, but our recipe calls for:

  • mayonnaise (such as Hellman’s)
  • sour cream
  • buttermilk
  • dried chives
  • dried parsley
  • garlic salt
  • dried dill weed
  • onion powder
  • lemon juice
  • pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Check your spice rack before you head to the store because you probably have dried chives, parsley and dill weed in there. And don’t forget to grab the garlic salt (with chopped parsley) – it’s my favorite spice and one we use in so many dishes.

seasonings ingredients in bowl

How to make Ranch Dressing

Making ranch from scratch is simple and takes just about 5 minutes, besides the time needed to set up in the fridge.

WHISK. begin by whisking together the mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s), sour cream and buttermilk.

SEASON. Once that is smooth, add all of your spices, continuing to whisk until smooth. Add your lemon juice and mix until smooth once more making sure to test the ranch. Add more garlic salt, if needed.

CHILL. Cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving.

Homemade Ranch with veggies and wings

Storing + Serving Tips

Buttermilk ranch dressing can last in the fridge for a few weeks, but be sure to STORE covered in an air-tight container or jar and place in the fridge. We do not recommend freezing it.

Buttermilk ranch is perfect for making ahead, just make, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks

As mentioned earlier, there are so many great recipes that are delicious slathered in ranch. Here are some of our favorites:

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe in a glass jar

This recipe is so delicious!! And it’s hard to get store bought after having homemade. We think you’ll agree!

For more dressings, check out:

4.96 from 46 votes

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!
Servings: 12
Prep: 5 minutes
Refrigerate Time: 30 minutes
Total: 35 minutes


  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise Hellman’s
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice


  • Whisk together mayo, sour cream and milk in a large bowl until smooth.
  • Add chives, parsley, dill, garlic salt, onion powder and pepper. Add lemon and whisk until smooth. Add additional garlic salt if needed.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. 



Calories: 89kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 174mg, Potassium: 33mg, Vitamin A: 225IU, Vitamin C: 1.6mg, Calcium: 24mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dressing
Cuisine: American
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About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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      1. Were you able to let it sit in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving? That seems to help thicken the dressing a bit too!