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

4.89 from 18 votes
Ranch Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
30 mins
Total Time
5 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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  • Duarte says:

    Sound’s good but, so much easier just yo buy a bottle. Ok say it lasts about 2 weeks. Store bought lasts for 6 months.

  • Deb says:

    This is great. I’m allergic to MSG and store Ranch dressing contain MSG. Now I can eat my favorite dressing again.

  • Sue Ballard says:

    For those who do like buttermilk flavor, but don’t want to buy a whole bottle just for this, you can purchase buttermilk powder at plenty of different stores. Find it in the baking aisle.
    Yes, you’ll have leftover buttermilk powder, but it stores very well in the fridge.
    You can use it for pancakes, biscuits, etc.

  • Dana says:

    This recipe sounds perfect! I am not a fan of bottled dressing – I will definitely make this. I love that I can adjust the ingredients to my family’s liking. It will be eaten well before expiring. Thanks for another delicious recipe.

  • Karen Peters says:

    Homemade if always so much better than buying a bottle of that nasty stuff. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • JEN L HESS says:

    Why not just mix the dry herbs together and store them in a jar until you’re ready to make the dressing?

  • Sandra Wade says:

    I take a screen shot on my phone of the ingredients and it’d be helpful to have the name of what I’m making listed first so it’d be included in the screenshot space. Thanks!

  • nancy gerards says:

    Thanks , now I can make it myself , without the buttermilk powder ( not gonna spent a fortune on a ingredient that has to be flown in )

  • Lora Bouda says:

    I tried making your homemade ranch dressing. Let me tell you I will never buy bottled ranch ever again. We totally love this recipe. In fact I am making another batch right now to share with my co workers.

  • Dyan Campbell says:

    Just made this, and I’m happy with the results. It tastes close to restaurant quality. Definitely going to make it again!

    • Dyan Campbell says:

      Just made my second batch. A half tsp of lemon juice took the recipe from very good to amazing!!!

  • Dianne says:

    Love the ranch dressing recipe. So smooth and filled with delicious flavors. If I were to add buttermilk how much would I add?

  • Gina says:

    Can you use miracle whip?

  • Jose Fernando Merazo Bonilla says:

    thanks for this excellent recipe

  • Karen says:

    Instead of buying buttermilk or buttermilk powder, I just use milk and lemon juice. 1 Tbs. per cup of milk. 1 1/2 tsp per 1/2 cup of milk. Works with all recipes that call for buttermilk.

  • Bob Hart says:

    Made the ranch dressing a couple of days ago and it’s great! No more store bought dressing for me. I used it for dippers chicken wings and in my salad also. I did thin it out just a little with some olive oil and it didn’t hurt the taste at all. I used miracle whip and lemon juice and a few drops of blue food coloring for a little added color.

  • Tresa says:

    Superb!!! Have become addicted to this.

  • GMadden says:

    What can I replace the Sour Cream &/or yogurt with? I’m allergic to the live bacteria in both products. Bottled Ranch Dressing doesn’t use either!

  • Sylvia Crabbe says:

    Highly educative

  • Christina Casteel says:

    Thank you! Loved the Buttermilk article and appreciated the suggestions.

    Excellent site. Will be back🤗

  • Mary says:

    Thanks for the Ranch Dressing recipe. I had no idea that it was so simple and good.

  • Jessica says:

    I hate mayo! What can I replace it with in this recipe?

  • Jenny H says:

    Sandra Wade, use the print option & take a screen shot or save that.

  • Desirae says:

    I LOVE ranch dressing, but HATE 95% of the stuff from the store. I use this as my base recipe, only I use garlic paste in place of the garlic powder, and I add a little pickle juice for a little twist! So yummy!

  • Sandy Stephens says:

    I made your Ranch Dressing to use on a salad the other night and we all loved it!! I also made another batch to put over a Cornbread Salad I was making and added some cumin and chili powder to it to go over a Southwest Coleslaw recipe that actually called for “the Packaged dressing”!! I don’t buy dressing from store as we like homemade kinds. You can make a little or a lot and at least you can Pronounce all the ingredients in there!! Thanks for a great recipe! It doesn’t last long at our house!!

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