Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

What do you dip in your Ranch Dressing?

For me, it all started back in high school.  My friends and I would go to the local pizza parlor and get ranch dressing to dip our pizzas in.  Then, when I was in my “I only eat salad” phase I would use those Hidden Valley packages to make “homemade” ranch dressing.

Those packages tasted so good, but if you look at the ingredients, they are not so good.  So for a long time I didn’t eat ranch dressing.

Until now!

Homemade Ranch Dressing

I love to eat this ranch dressing with fresh vegetables, or wings, or pizza, and of course, salads!  Everyone who has ever tasted this homemade buttermilk ranch dressing has always asked me for the recipe as soon as they have their very first bite.

Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Notes:

  1. Make sure you mince the garlic as finely as possible or use a zester if you have one.
  2. This dressing gets better tasting as it sits in the fridge for a day or so.
  3.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in a jar with a tightly closed lid.
  4. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make it.  Pour 1 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar into a 1-cup liquid measuring cup.  Fill up the cup to the 1/2 cup mark with milk (whole milk, preferably).  Let sit for 15 minutes.
  5. To make Ranch Dip (instead of dressing) use 1/4 cup of buttermilk instead of 1/2 cup

Ranch Dressing

Cooking Tip:  I use this whisk and these jars to hold my salad dressings.

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk, plus extra for desired consistency
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1½ teaspoon fresh mined parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mined fresh dill or (3/4 teaspoon dried dill)
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)
  1. Chop garlic as fine as possible.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together all ingredients until they are well combined and the mixture is smooth.
  3. If your dressing is too thick. Use a tablespoon at a time of the buttermilk to thin out the dressing to your desired consistency.
  4. Store Ranch Dressing in a jar with a tightly closed lid.
  5. Keep in the refrigerator.

Until Next Time…



  1. taylor says:

    yes! pizza with ranch!! and i love knowing exactly what’s in my food! making my own ranch dressing is going to be a great addition to that! thanks for posting!

  2. Mary Jane says:

    Ranch dressing is a staple in our family, but I don’t think we’ve ever tried to make it ourselves! We do have our own mayo though, so now I’m really looking forward to trying this 🙂 We definitely need it for our pizza nights! Cheers, Mary Jane

  3. Krysten says:

    I stopped eating ranch for a long time because of all of the bad ingredients that I don’t like in them. I am going to make this so my love affair with the yumminess of ranch can begin again!

  4. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says:

    Yum! Homemade buttermilk ranch is so much better than store bought. It’s great to be able to control what you eat, plus it tastes better. Your recipe sounds amazing!!

  5. Sally says:

    Fries! I love fries dipped in ranch as well as anything buffalo chicken…oh and bacon. A sandwich with turkey, bacon, onion and ranch dressing. Okay, now I’m hungry lol This combo sounds DELISH!

  6. Oscar says:

    When I was in high-school, we would go through that 2 bottle pack of ranch you can get at Costco in about a week. I would put it on everything. Fast forward to now and I hardly ever eat it because it’s so bad for you but with a home-made recipe like this one, I might give it a try.

  7. Taris Kendricks says:

    Ranch Dressing on pizza now you talking my language. Yummy. And on hot wings yesssssssssss! Good post.. . I never heard of homemade buttermilk ranchdressing. Sounds delicious. Yummy. I might have to try and make it. Thanks for posting. !! ❤?

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