Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing – a staple for salads as well as for appetizers, veggies and more. This simple recipe is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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
  • dried dill weed
  • garlic salt
  • 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.

Ranch dressing ingredients in bowl

How to make Ranch Dressing

Making ranch from scratch is simple and takes just about 5 minutes. It does need time to set up in the fridge, but to make it, begin by whisking together the mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s), sour cream and buttermilk.

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.

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

Can you make ranch ahead of time? Of course! Just make, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks

Homemade Ranch with veggies and wings

How to store ranch dressing?

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

What to serve ranch with?

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

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:

Ranch Dressing Recipe

5 from 11 votes

Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing - a staple for salads as well as for appetizers, veggies and more. This simple recipe is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!

Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Refrigerate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 89 kcal
Author Kristyn Merkley


  • 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
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice


  1. Whisk together mayo, sour cream and milk in a large bowl until smooth.

  2. Add chives, parsley, dill, garlic salt, onion powder and pepper. Add lemon and whisk until smooth. Add additional garlic salt if needed.

  3. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. 


Kristyn Merkley

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. 5 stars
    My boys love dipping just about everything into ranch! I’m sure they would love this homemade version so much better, thanks.

  2. Can i use just whole milk or a home made buttermilk recipe(milk with lemon curded for a few minites) ? thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my word. Thank you so very very much!! We recently moved to the UK and I couldn’t find a ranch that tasted like home (USA). It made me so very sad. And then I made your recipe!! I am so happy!!! Thanks you!