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Ranch Dressing

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Make your own ranch dressing and take your salads to the next level with this creamy recipe.
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  1. Ranch Dressing Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Ranch Dressing Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Tasty and tangy, this homemade ranch dressing is a fantastic way to dress up salads and dip recipes. It only takes a few minutes and a handful of simple ingredients from your pantry to whip up this flavorful homemade version of the popular salad dressing.

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Ranch Dressing Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dry dill
  • ¼ teaspoon dried chives (or ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons buttermilk

PRO TIP:

If you have pre-made ranch seasoning, add milk, sour cream, and lemon juice to the seasoning. Thin with 2% or whole milk.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BUTTERMILK: If you do not have buttermilk available, add ⅛ cup of dry buttermilk powder and substitute regular milk for the buttermilk. If you don’t have buttermilk powder either, just use milk and add a bit of extra lemon juice.

You can also make your own buttermilk using whole or 2% milk and lemon juice or distilled vinegar. For every 1 cup of milk, stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar.

SOUR CREAM: Greek yogurt is a great substitute for sour cream in this ranch recipe.

How to Make This Ranch Dressing Recipe

STEP ONE: Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and seasonings in a mason jar or small mixing bowl. Squeeze lemon juice into the mixture.

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STEP TWO: Whisk to combine.

Ranch Dressing process shot of ingredients being whisked in a bowl to combine

STEP THREE: Add buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.

PRO TIP:

With just 1 to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk, the mixture will make a nice dip consistency.

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STEP FOUR: Refrigerate for 4 or more hours before serving to allow flavors to mingle.

PRO TIP:

You can use the ranch dressing right away if you’d like, but it will develop a better flavor after being refrigerated overnight.

How To Serve

Creamy dressings are always handy to have in the fridge to add to salads and other delicious recipes. Use this buttermilk ranch dressing when you are making our chicken bacon ranch salad and ranch potato salad.

Not only is ranch dressing perfect for salads, this is also the best ranch dressing for dipping fresh veggies, appetizers and finger foods.

Serve your ranch dip alongside our fried pickles and buffalo pinwheels for dipping.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store this easy homemade ranch dressing in an airtight container or glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing this ranch salad dressing as it may affect the creamy texture.

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Never buy the bottled stuff again with this homemade dressing recipe. The lemon juice and buttermilk give the ranch dressing a nice zing and you will love the extra flavor this recipe brings to all of your dishes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store this dressing?

This popular dressing will keep in the fridge for up to a week. We don’t recommend freezing ranch dressing as it won’t have the creamy texture once thawed.

How do I turn this into ranch dip rather than pourable dressing?

If you want to make this into a dip, follow the above instructions but only add 1 to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk for the thicker consistency.

Can I make my own buttermilk?

You can make your own buttermilk using whole or 2% milk and lemon juice or distilled vinegar. For every 1 cup of milk, stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar.

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Ranch Dressing

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Make your own ranch dressing and take your salads to the next level with this creamy recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dry dill
  • ¼ teaspoon dried chives, or ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons buttermilk

Instructions
 

  • Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and seasonings in a mason jar or small mixing bowl. Squeeze lemon juice into the mixture.
  • Whisk to combine.
  • Add buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Refrigerate for 4 or more hours before serving to allow flavors to mingle.

Notes

  • If you have pre-made ranch seasoning, add milk, sour cream, and lemon juice to the seasoning. Thin with 2% or whole milk.
  • With just 1 to 2 tablespoons of buttermilk, the mixture will make a nice dip consistency.
  • You can use the ranch dressing right away if you’d like, but it will develop a better flavor after being refrigerated overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 1044kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 109g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 51g | Monounsaturated Fat: 25g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 2034mg | Potassium: 374mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1737IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 1mg
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