Homemade Ranch Dressing

filed under: Food + Drink on February 2, 2019

Homemade Ranch Dressing is so much easier than you thought and tastes better than anything you could ever buy at the grocery store.  This Ranch Dressing Recipe is great served on a salad like my Grilled Chicken Cobb or as a dipping sauce for Bacon Jalapeño Poppers!


Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing

So what makes this ranch dressing recipe so amazing?  A few things.

The simplicity and the ingredients.  Yes, it is easy to drive to the store, walk the aisles, grab a bottle off of the shelf, go through the checkout line, get back in your car and drive home.  Sure, super simple.  Guess what? You would already be enjoying your homemade ranch dressing if you would have just made it from scratch.  The reality is that you probably already have everything that you need.

Not to mention the taste! The flavor is pure and wonderful.

How to Make Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing Recipe

Some of the best ranch dressing recipes are pretty versatile too.  The reality is that some people like their ranch a little differently.  Some like it watery, some like it thick, some like it tangy, some don’t.  I’ll break down a few keys to get the perfect mixture!

Go Full Fat:  In our house, we use full-fat dairy products.  Primarily because if you spend any amount of time reading the label for a nonfat or low fat or lite version of the same product, you will have a hard time pronouncing all of the ingredients.  A simple rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.  In addition to all of the artificial stuff, you are also getting added sugars.  Set aside the nutritional benefits of eating full-fat dairy products, the flavor will be much better too.

Thick or Thin:  Depending on what we are using the dressing for, my preference on this changes a bit.  For salads, I like the dressing a little thinner, if I am going for a dipping sauce, a like it a little thicker.   This homemade ranch dressing recipe is pretty thick.  So, to thin it out, you can simply add a little bit of water, whole milk, or canola oil to the mixture.  Keep in mind though that anything you add to the dressing will alter the flavor a bit.  Add sparingly, and if necessary, keep a few extra spices on hand to adjust the flavor if you need to.

Tang:  If you like your ranch dressing a bit more on the tangy side, you can add a squeeze of lemon juice or white vinegar (about 1 tsp)  to the recipe.

Greek Yogurt versus Sour Cream:  Both Greek Yogurt and Sour Cream provide a creamy, tangy flavor in homemade ranch dressing, but sour cream is higher in fat and calories while Greek yogurt provides more protein.  If you like the flavor of Greek yogurt, you could pump up the protein in your dressing by swapping out the sour cream and adding greek yogurt in its place.

Buttermilk Ranch:  Some people prefer the buttery flavor from a buttermilk ranch dressing over a regular ranch dressing.  If I am talking about it, you only have to make one modification to this recipe.  Simply reduce the mayonnaise to 1/2 a cup and add in a 1/2 a cup of buttermilk.   If you like this recipe, make sure to try our Homemade Jalapeño Ranch Dressing too!

Simple ingredients in homemade ranch dressing

How to Make Ranch Dressing

To make Ranch dressing, start with a medium-sized bowl and add in all of your ingredients.  Whisk them all together and cover the dish.  Chill in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving. The chill time allows all of the flavors to marinate together. Once chilled store in an airtight storage bottle.  We like to use the squeeze bottles with a lid.

How Long will Homemade Ranch Dressing Last?

Since this recipe calls for only dried herbs and spices, and mayo and sour cream, you should be able to store this in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  I typically look at the expiration date of the sour cream (since that would be the first to spoil).  Use a permanent marker and make a note on the storage bottle so that you don’t run into issues down the road. If you add additional items like yogurt, buttermilk, or fresh lemon this may change a bit.

Made from Scratch Ranch Dressing

Looking for More Ways to Pair Homemade Ranch Dressing?

Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad

Jalapeno Chicken Salad

Thick Ranch Dressing

4.91 from 21 votes
Ranch Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins

Homemade Ranch Dressing is so much easier than you thought and tastes better than anything you could ever buy at the grocery store.  

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ranch Dressing
Servings: 8
Calories: 146 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • OPTIONAL: Add milk to make it thinner and easily pourable. About 1 tablespoon at a time.
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Video

If you want a runnier dressing, add milk until you reach your desired consistency. I have added up to 1/2 cup depending on the season and need. 

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  • Stormy Rand says:

    I love all the great recipes and thank you!!!

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You are so welcome!

  • Debbie says:

    Your pretzel recipe: I looked for oil measurement but I can’t find an amount for the popcorn oil.
    Also how long does the ranch dressing keep?
    Thank you, Debbie

  • Lisa says:

    This was so good! I made it last night on a whim without a particular use for it, just because I like ranch. I can’t stop eating it. I may cut back on the mayo just a tad next time, but it’s still so good. Took me literally two minutes to make, don’t think I’ll never buy bottled again! I did add the tbsp of milk just to thin it a bit and it think that’s perfect as a dip.

  • Mary Ellen Riccardo says:

    I ate a delicious salad with ranch dressing last night which has me looking up recipes. I’m also inspired to open a tiny restaurant but I think I’m to old..going g to be 67…..but its been my life long passion and before I die I would love to do it. Here iss my question..should I go to school or use my natural talents which I have built over the years. People seem to love my food. You have soooooo much experience and seem to be young. And this recipe is the best one out there in my opinion. I feel I’ve missed the boat. Will you comment on this if you would be so kind.
    Mary Ellen

  • Kathleen says:

    Wow, love this

  • Beth says:

    Perfect! I did add milk since it’s a dressing but otherwise, I am hooked on this recipe.

  • Debbiedo says:

    Oh my gosh I just made this to eat with some fresh veggies for a snack tonite . It is so delish i couldn’t put it down lol ty so very much

  • maro says:

    love this, will not buy store bought, you are just gorgeous, thank you

  • Deborah A Kaker says:

    I did not make the dressing yet as I have toget the herbs, but it will be made to go with the salad we have planned for Sunday.

  • Melody says:

    Truly loved this recipe! I made no changes to the ingredients. The dressing was very smooth and flavorful. Will never buy bottled Ranch again!

  • Cathy says:

    I used buttermilk and it turned out great. I love this recipe. Probably will never buy ranch dressing again.

  • evelisse Martinez says:

    Great recipes


    Can I use buttermilk instead of the sour cream? I normally don’t have sour cream on hand.

  • Nancy says:

    I made the recipe and it was nice and thick–I had some buttermilk on hand and put just enough into it to make it a little thinner. This is by far the best ranch dressing I’ve ever tasted! Would be fine without the buttermilk too, but boy is it good.

  • Barb says:

    I’m SO happy I found a good recipe for ranch dressing! I can’t have dairy so I substituted the sour cream with Tofutti sour cream. You can’t tell the difference. I tested it on lovers of ranch dressing and they love it! 😃

  • Barb says:

    Sorry, I forgot to rate the dressing. This deserves the 5 stars! Thanks again!
    Btw, using the non-dairy sour cream is a lot healthier.

  • Walt says:

    Absolutely the best I have ever tasted. Used buttermilk and followed recipe exactly. Thank you for the new standard in our house.

  • Alice Walters says:

    I really enjoy seeing your recipes on Facebook. So far all of the recipes use everyday ingredients and that makes a big difference.

  • Vicky Shea says:

    I will never buy ranch dressing again!! This recipe is amazing!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Kathy Singleton says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes for Buttermilk and how to make this amazing ingredient! So many times a recipe calls for Buttermilk and I will pass on that particular bake good, or rush to the store for this rarely used item. Neither me or my family drink Buttermilk. This is why your column about making Buttermilk is such a genius! Now I can make so many yummy recipes for my family! You truly

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    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.