Best Ranch Dressing From Scratch

The best ranch dressing is always made from scratch at home. Once you try homemade ranch you’ll never go back to store-bought. It’s got the creamiest texture and is full of flavor. Between the buttermilk and garlic, it’s hard to resist!

jar of dressing on the counter and seasoning around it
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Best Ranch Dressing Recipe Inspiration

In our house we eat tons of buffalo sauce which means ranch is a staple in our fridge. After looking at the ingredients in store-bought ranch I wanted to find one that didn’t contain seed oils or additives. But I couldn’t find a brand without. So I decided to whip up a version of my own.

This recipe was inspired by The Flavor Journal.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • It has the creamiest texture
  • The flavors are delicious
  • It’s easy to whip up in minutes

Helpful Tips

  • If you can’t find dried dill you can substitute it with fresh dill
  • Look for a mayonnaise without seed oils (avocado oil and olive oil are okay)
  • Find buttermilk in your local grocery store

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I like the simple truth organic mayonnaise from Kroger)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl or glass jar and stir together.
  • Serve instantly or let sit in the fridge for a few hours for more flavor.

Storage Tips

Store ranch in an air-tight jar or container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. Don’t dip any food directly into the sauce to prevent it from going bad.

Recipe FAQ

Is homemade ranch dressing healthier?

Yes, homemade ranch dressing is much healthier than the store-bought versions. It’s not full of additives, fillers, seed oils, or excessive sodium.

Can I leave out the buttermilk?

You can substitute milk and vinegar mixed together to simulate the same flavor as buttermilk.

Why is restaurant ranch so good?

Just like this recipe they fold in herbs and buttermilk to make it flavorful and creamy.

Is making your own ranch cheaper?

Yes, you can make homemade ranch cheaper than most store-bought versions. There are a few exceptions. It always depends on the price of your ingredients and the quantity but, overall it’s much cheaper.

Is homemade ranch better?

Homemade ranch is so much creamier and tastes so much better than store-bought. You’ll never want to go back to the bottled version again.

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jar of dressing on the counter and seasoning around it

Best Ranch Dressing From Scratch

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
The best ranch dressing is always made from scratch at home. Once you try homemade ranch you'll never go back to store-bought. It's got the creamiest texture and is full of flavor. Between the buttermilk and garlic, it's hard to resist!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Staples from Scratch
Cuisine American
Servings 1.5 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I like the simple truth mayonnaise from Kroger)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl or glass jar and stir together.
  • Serve instantly or let sit in the fridge for a few hours for more flavor.
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