Homemade Buttermilk Ranch


Homemade Ranch Dressing is so much better than store bought and it’s easy to make too! This version has a blend of buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, and some flavorful herbs and spices. A recipe you’ll definitely want to keep on file.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

I’ve been making homemade ranch for a long time – basically since I first learned to cook. And now I think I’ve finally perfected it.

I make this a few times a month for dinner and I love to make it for parties too because it’s probably safe to say most people just use store-bought ranch of some kind. So it’s a pleasant surprise getting the homemade stuff.

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How to Make Ranch

  • Mince herbs and garlic.
  • Mix buttermilk, mayonnaise, herbs, spices, garlic.
  • Thin with milk to reach desired consistency.

So easy! And after one taste you’ll be so glad you’ve finally tried the homemade ranch!

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For lazy days I like to order pizza and serve a side salad with this ranch. It’s so good as a pizza dip too!

Really though this goes with just about any main dish you can think of. You can’t go wrong with a side salad with ranch.

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How Long Does it Keep?

It keeps well for about 6 – 7 days in the fridge.

Can I Make it Lighter?

I definitely prefer this as is but to cut calories you could try it with light mayonnaise.

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch

Homemade Ranch Dressing is so much better than store bought and it's easy to make too! This version has a creamy blend of mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, and some flavorful herbs and spices. A recipe you'll definitely want to keep on file.

Servings: 7
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (full-fat)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup natural sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried chives (I use the freeze dried kind)
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely minced (3/4 tsp)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 - 2 tbsp milk to thin if needed


  1. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, parsley, chives, onion powder and garlic. 
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. It should be on the salty side as it will be seasoning the salad). 
  3. Thin with milk if needed*. If you have time let it rest in refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld better. Serve over salad**.

Recipe Notes

  1. If the buttermilk you used was thick you'll probably need a little milk to thin, if the buttermilk was thin then you probably won't need any milk. Note that the dressing should be on the thicker side though.
  2. My favorite side salad is either romaine or iceberg lettuce, shredded red cabbage, shredded carrots, diced Roma tomatoes, shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese and croutons with this ranch. You also can't go wrong with sliced boiled eggs and bacon added in too.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Buttermilk Ranch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 129mg6%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 920IU18%
Vitamin C 8.5mg10%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ranch Dressing
Calories: 145 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Paige: This dressing looks amazing I need to try this on our salad tonight!

    http://thehappyflammily.com February 27, 2017 at 1:00pm Reply

  • Shirley Tucker: How long do you think this dressing is good for. As in, how long can you keep it in the fridge before it needs to be tossed? February 27, 2017 at 7:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I should last for about 1 week. February 27, 2017 at 12:02pm Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: yumm!! February 27, 2017 at 7:36am Reply

  • Susie Klein: My question is how long will this last in the refrigerator once made? Also, since so little buttermilk is used in the recipe, what do you do with the left over buttermilk?

    Thank you,
    Susie Klein February 27, 2017 at 7:01am Reply

    • Jaclyn: It should last in the fridge for about 1 week. Then for the left over buttermilk (if you bought the small carton you’d only have about 1/2 cup left) so I’d say save it and make more ranch the next week or use it for baking a treat (like these cupcakes https://www.cookingclassy.com/italian-cream-cupcakes/), or make a small batch of buttermilk biscuits. February 27, 2017 at 12:06pm Reply

  • Jennifer @ Because Food Is Love: This ranch dressing sounds perfect. My kids, and my husband love ranch. But I don’t like buying it because it’s full of preservatives etc. and the powdered package stuff is just the same. I’ve been thinking about creating my own and now I think I’ll just try yours instead. Thanks so much for the recipe! February 26, 2017 at 9:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it! February 27, 2017 at 12:02pm Reply

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