This homemade ranch dressing is a rich and creamy blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk and plenty of herbs and seasonings. This dressing is SO much better than the store bought kind and also happens to be super easy to make.

In my opinion, when it comes to salad dressing, homemade is the way to go. Whether it’s Greek salad dressing, Asian salad dressing, Italian dressing, balsamic vinaigrette or ranch, the fresh versions have way more flavor.

A glass container of homemade ranch dressing surrounded by salad ingredients.

One of my daughters is obsessed with restaurant style ranch dressing, so I decided it was time to try making it myself. This homemade ranch dressing is full of zesty flavor, and comes together in just minutes.

Ranch Dressing Ingredients

Bowls of ingredients including mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk and herbs.

The ingredients for this ranch dressing recipe start with a base of mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk. The creamy base is flavored with a variety of ingredients including garlic, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and plenty of fresh and dried herbs.

How Do You Make Homemade Ranch Dressing?

Place mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs and dried herbs in a bowl or jar. If you’re using a bowl, whisk the mixture until it is well combined. For a jar, seal the jar and shake until blended. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then serve and enjoy.

Step by step shots showing how to make ranch dressing.

Tips For Success

  • For the best results, I recommend using full fat mayonnaise and sour cream. The light versions just aren’t quite as creamy so they don’t work as an exact substitute.
  • If you don’t have fresh herbs on hand, you can use dried herbs, although I really prefer the flavor of the fresh herbs. Use 1/3 of the amount of dried herbs, as dried herbs are more potent.
  • If you want a completely smooth dressing, puree it in a food processor or blender instead of mixing with a whisk.
  • This makes a dressing with a thinner, pourable consistency. If you’re looking for a thicker consistency to use as a dip, you’ll want to reduce the amount of buttermilk by half.
  • Need ranch to serve a crowd? This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.
  • No vinegar on hand? Lemon juice will also work well!
  • Serve your buttermilk ranch dressing on salads, with veggies such as carrots for dipping, as a sauce for baked chicken wings or as a dip for homemade french fries.

Quick Tip

It’s best to chill the ranch for at least 30 minutes before you serve it so that the flavors have time to meld together.

A bowl of creamy herb dressing with a whisk in it.

Recipe FAQs

What is ranch dressing made of?

Ranch dressing starts with a creamy base of mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk. Numerous flavorings are added to the base including mustard, vinegar, garlic and plenty of herbs.

How long does homemade ranch dressing last?

This ranch dressing will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store it in an airtight container or a sealed glass jar.

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A green salad with homemade ranch dressing drizzled on top.

Homemade Ranch Dressing Flavor Variations

I love this dressing as-is, but you can change up the ingredients to add different flavorings to your ranch.

  • Bacon Ranch: Add 4 slices of finely diced cooked bacon.
  • Chipotle Ranch: Stir in 1-2 minced canned chipotle peppers, along with 1/2 teaspoon chili powder.
  • Avocado Ranch: Place all the dressing ingredients along with 1 small diced avocado in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth.
  • Roasted Garlic Ranch: Add 1 tablespoon finely chopped roasted garlic cloves and 1/4 teaspoon onion powder and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Buffalo Ranch: Stir in 2 tablespoons of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce or a similar buffalo wing sauce.

I make a batch of homemade ranch dressing almost every week, and we use it on salads, as a dipping sauce, and even on sandwiches! You simply can’t go wrong with this classic dressing, and you’ll never want to use the store bought bottle again. It tastes as good (if not better) than restaurant ranch!

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5 from 17 votes

Homemade Ranch Dressing

AuthorSara Welch
A glass container of homemade ranch dressing surrounded by salad ingredients.
This homemade ranch dressing is a rich and creamy blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk and plenty of herbs and seasonings. This dressing is SO much better than the store bought kind and also happens to be super easy to make.
Time
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Chilling Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Serves 8

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh parsley minced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Place all of the ingredients in a medium bowl or a jar.
  • If using a bowl, whisk everything together until well combined.
  • For a jar, seal the jar and shake well to combine.
  • Chill the dressing for at least 30 minutes, then serve and enjoy.

Notes

  1. The dressing will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  2. I think that fresh herbs taste best in this recipe, but you can use dried herbs if that’s what you have on hand. You’ll want to use 1/3 of the amount of dried herbs because they have a stronger flavor than fresh herbs.

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This homemade ranch is super creamy, tasty, and way better than store bought! It was so easy to make too – I don’t think I’ll be going back to store bought again!

  2. 5 stars
    We are big ranch lovers over here so this recipe will be a huge hit! And will help on my grocery budget if I make it at home!

  3. 5 stars
    Our kids can’t get enough ranch in our house. This not only fixed that, but they totally loved it WAY more than store bought. Thank you for our new go to!

  4. 5 stars
    This was very easy to make. I have added this to my recipe collection of “favorite things.”

  5. 5 stars
    This was such a quick and easy recipe, and way better than any store bought version I’ve tried! Turned out perfectly creamy and delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    Another brilliant dressing recipe from you! We soon won’t buy anything pre-made in the shops, thanks to you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    There are so many ranch dressing recipes out there but I have to say that this is a really good one! Yes, quite a few ingredients but worth it, especially if you make a bit batch for the fridge.

  8. 5 stars
    Ranch Dressing has to be my favourite salad dressing. I make a vegan one very similar to yours so I know just how good it tastes.

  9. 5 stars
    I always buy bottled ranch dressing, I’m so happy that now I can make this at home from scratch. So much more delicious!

  10. 5 stars
    I am so excited to try this homemade ranch dressing! SO much tastier and healthier than store bought too!