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The Best Ranch Dressing Recipe

11 February 2022 | Last Updated: 3 April 2022 By Aleksandra

This is absolutely the best homemade ranch dressing recipe. Perfectly spiced, creamy, and tangy. It keeps well in the fridge and has so many uses – spoon it on salads, use it as a wrap sauce, or as a dipping sauce. It’s so good!

Ranch dressing in a white-blue bowl on a blue background.

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make ranch dressing:

Labeled ingrediets for ranch dressing.
  • equal parts of sour cream, buttermilk, and mayo provide the best flavor and consistency of the dressing
  • please use real, good-quality mayonaisse for this recipe (I used Hellmann’s)
  • you can use leftover buttermilk to make buttermilk pancakes
  • if you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can use regular milk and add more lemon juice to the dressing
  • if you’d like less calories in your dressing, you can add less mayo
  • dried herbs: parsley, chives, and dill – you can also use fresh herbs if you have all of these on hand, I prefer to use dried herbs and not buy 3 bunches herbs every time I want to make ranch, the dressing also keeps better when made with dried herbs
  • garlic and onion powder – add great flavor, I don’t like to use fresh garlic, it doesn’t taste so good the next day
  • lemon juice – adds citrusy and tangy flavor
  • salt and pepper

What you could also add

  • paprika powder
  • grated Parmesan
  • diced Jalapenos or hot sauce for some heat
  • chipotle chili powder
  • finely chopped cilantro and lime juice instead of lemon juice
  • smashed avocado
  • Greek yogurt to reduce the calories

How to make ranch dressing step by step

A collage of 2 photos showing how to prepare ranch dressing step by step.

It couldn’t be simpler:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Enjoy!

How to thin ranch dressing: you can add more buttermilk or less sour cream and mayo.

Ranch dressing uses

Storage

You can keep the dressing in a closed jar in the fridge for up to 5-7 days. It keeps really well and tastes great.

Ranch dressing is being spooned over a salad on a white plate.

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Ranch Dressing Recipe

This is absolutely the best homemade ranch dressing recipe. Perfectly spiced, creamy, and tangy. It keeps well in the fridge and has so many uses – spoon it on salads, use it as a wrap sauce, or as a dipping sauce. It’s so good!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 0.75 cup
Calories 1026kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream 120g
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk 120g
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise 100g
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon lemon juice or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can also use fresh herbs if you have them on hand.
  • You can keep the dressing in a closed jar in the fridge for up to 5-7 days. It keeps really well and tastes great.
  • How to thin ranch dressing: you can add more buttermilk or less sour cream and mayo.
  • Calories = whole recipe. This is only an estimate!
Course dip, dressing, sauce
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
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