September 21st, 2013

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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I have been meaning to post this recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing forever.  I make it all the time….let’s just say we have at least one child who dips everything in ranch dressing. And the homemade version is so easy, and so much better than the bottled stuff.  

Homemade Ranch Dressing

This isn’t the sort of recipe where you have to be super exact with measurements. If you want to use green onions in place of chives, go right ahead. If you like a little more garlic, or a little less dill, no problem.

Fat free mayo and sour cream work just as well as the full-fat versions, and Greek yogurt can be substituted for sour cream.

Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes. Add more or less buttermilk for a thicker or thinner consistency.

I keep my ranch dressing in a mason jar in the refrigerator, where it will keep well for about a week–if it lasts that long.

Homemade Ranch Dressing


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 3-4 fresh chives (or 2-3 green onions)
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place 1/4 cup of buttermilk and remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add more buttermilk, as needed, to reach desired consistency.
  2. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride



  1. That looks really good, I´m sure I´d like it – must try! 🙂

  2. While I’m not a fan of ranch I’ve been thinking I should try making my own. It may be another one of those foods I just “thought” I didn’t like.

    • I really don’t like the stuff in a bottle Ingrid. The stuff you mix up yourself from the packet is a bit better. But homemade is by far the best. Really not even the same thing as what’s in the bottle. So who knows….you might like it!

  3. thanks for sharing! i love ranch!

  4. I love homemade Ranch! I will be trying this soon.

  5. Fantastic- I’m one that believes you can never have too much ranch dressing. Thanks Danelle.

  6. Ryan Lilly says:

    I have made this a couple times and it is delicious! The first time I made it, I put a little too much dill, but the second time was perfect! This time, I am going to put it in a grilled potato salad with bacon and scallions.

  7. Kat Caudle says:

    every bottle of ranch has MSG or soy both of which I have to avoid like they were the plague (actually the plague would be better than those 2 items) im so excited tontry this recipe tomorrow, as ranch is my favorite dressing and I’ve missed it so much!


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