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.

Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ranch Dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 7
Calories: 145 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 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.