Are you looking for how to make ranch dressing? I love a good salad dressing, and this ranch recipe is one of my favorites! Just mix mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk together with the perfect blend of spices for this oh so delicious dressing.

homemade ranch dressing in mason jar by plate of salad

I do love salads! Do you? This make-ahead salad is perfect for entertaining, and my go-to salad dressing recipe is this Mandarin Salad Dressing recipe. If you have a go-to homemade dressing recipe, please share it in the comments.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe Ingredients

Here is what you need to make this fresh and tangy ranch dressing that is for sure better than store-bought ranch. You’ll be asked to make this again and again so be sure to keep these ingredients on hand. I bet your kids will be the first to tell you the jar is empty.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour Cream (try Greek yogurt if you like)
  • Buttermilk
  • dried dill
  • dried parsley
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Worcestershire sauce

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Why buy store-bought bottled ranch dressing when you can make your own homemade dressing? Simply mix all the ingredients together for a delicious salad dressing. For even more flavorful dressing, chill for a couple of hours or overnight.

With this easy homemade ranch dressing recipe, you will know exactly what is in it and it tastes way better! So say goodbye Hidden Valley Ranch. And say hello to homemade freshness.

If you have ever wondered how to make ranch dressing, try this recipe. In a bowl whisk together mayonnaise sour cream, and buttermilk together with dried herbs and spices. You can serve this dressing in a nice bowl or pour it into a jar for easy storage (affiliate link).

spoon dripping homemade ranch salad dressing on salad

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe Tips

Feel free to experiment with the amount of seasonings you put in if you’re looking for zingier options! Here are some tips to make the perfect ranch dressing:

  • The best part of making your own dressing is that you can adjust the seasonings! Sometimes I like to add extra dill or chives.
  • You can use fresh herbs if you like. Fresh dill is so delicious! You will have to use more (about double) if using fresh parsley, dill, garlic, and onion.
  • I typically use the full-fat sour cream for a richer taste (you will notice the creaminess), but low-fat works, too.
  • Low-fat buttermilk is fine to substitute for a healthy homemade ranch dressing.
  • Greek yogurt instead of sour cream is a great low-calorie, high-protein substitute for sour cream.
  • Don’t have buttermilk? Did you know you can substitute 1/2 cup whole regular milk or 2 percent milk with a few drops of lemon juice or white vinegar in it? Just add the acidic lemon or vinegar to the milk and let it sit a minute before adding to your recipe.
  • If you have time, make this ranch dressing recipe ahead. I do think this buttermilk ranch dressing tastes better the next day as flavors meld.
How long does homemade ranch dressing last?

A homemade ranch dressing will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. In general, any homemade dressing with dairy in it is safe to eat for a week. Just keep it cold and sealed in a glass container.

Do check the individual ingredient expiration dates and use this as a guide.

Homemade dressings that are vinaigrettes – vinegar- and oil-based, rather than dairy-based – will keep about two weeks in the fridge. Oil is a preservative, but it will also go bad if it’s not kept cold. So just be sure to practice safe storage and handling when you’re making your homemade dressings!

More Homemade Ranch Recipes

If you like ranch, be sure to give this homemade ranch dip a try. Super easy and super delicious. It’s the perfect thickness and texture for dipping veggies and chips. Once you learn how to make ranch dip at home, I promise you won’t want to go back to the tubs or powdered mixes.

carrot dipping into homemade ranch dip

A ranch dip is perfect for entertaining. This is the best ranch dipping sauce. Whip it up, then serve it in a bowl surrounded by healthy veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, and carrots.

You’ll have a hit appetizer at any dinner, football party, or lunch-time get together. Anything that makes people reach for more vegetables is a hit in my book! Every time I serve homemade ranch, I end up putting out more veggies because they all get eaten!

We love ranch dressing as a dip for pizza and chicken wings, too. How about tater tots or french fries? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

What is your favorite homemade dressing recipe? I am so happy to hear so many of you loved ranch and enjoyed this recipe.

If you’re looking for an excuse to enjoy this ranch dressing recipe, don’t miss these cute veggie tray ideas.

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Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

This ranch dressing tastes better than storebought!
Prep Time 10 minutes
resting time 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk low fat is fine
  • 1/4 cup sour cream low fat is fine
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp  worcestershire
  • 1/8 tsp salt add more to taste
  • 1/8 tsp pepper


  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together and enjoy. It tastes even better chilled the next day.  



This dressing lasts as long as the expiration dates on mayonnaise, buttermilk, and sour cream.


Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Servings: 10
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Author: Cindy Hopper

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  1. Oh YUM! Ranch dip is one of my kids’ favorites!! I can get them to eat LOTS of veggies this way. 🙂
    We usually just add a few tablespoons of the hidden valley ranch mix to a container of sour cream, but I LOVE the idea of being able to make this dip with simple ingredients found in most kitchens! Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  2. Delicious ranch recipe. Using this ranch really brings a salad together creating a great meal.

  3. This sounds easy enough! Just gotta buy some buttermilk and dill! The link for the ranch dip is bad. I tried to follow it but got an error message. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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