Homemade Ranch Dressing

homemade ranch dressingMost homes have a bottle of Ranch dressing stashed in the door of their refrigerator. This is such a popular condiment, some people eat it with everything, pour it on anything, and will use it as a dip a spread or add it to all kinds of dishes.

Did you notice how long the shelf life on it is? That stuff NEVER spoils. That’s because it has a phosphoric acid, xanthan gum, modified food starch, MSG, artificial flavors, disodium phosphate, sorbic acid, calcium disodium EDTA, disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather put real food into my body. especially since homemade Ranch takes about 5-10 minutes to make. I’m not kidding. The taste doesn’t even compare. It’s creamy, fresh, with a bit of a tang and a whole lot of flavor. This is a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated.

Here’s an interesting article from Bon Appetit that I read about a tastes test between store-bought Ranch and Homemade Ranch. Is Homemade Ranch Dressing Better Than Store-Bought?

Whisk all the ingredients together. Store in the refrigerator for a few weeks to a month. Of course, you can’t store this for years in your refrigerator, but it won’t last very long. Besides, taking a few minutes to whisk up another batch is no trouble at all.

Everyone has their own personal preferences of using Ranch. I like to eat it as a dip with veggies, spread it on sandwiches instead of mayo, add it to tuna, or Ranch Potato Salad.

Homemade Ranch Dressing
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Recipe type: Miscellaneous
Serves: 2 cups
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 6 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ Tablespoon dill, parsley, chives, each, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Whisk all the ingredients together. Store in the refrigerator for up to a month.


  • Vera

    Thank you for this recipe. I see in your picture with all your ingredients in the bowl, it looks like you added one extra thing (minced onion or garlic) that is not on your recipe. What is it?

  • Irina

    Vera, you’re probably seeing shallot, its sort of an onion, they are small looking onions, kind of like those you would plant in the ground 🙂

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    • olgak7

      Hi Olga,
      Well, I don’t have your tastebuds, so it’s hard for me to answer that question. In my opinion, it won’t taste as good, but I don’t know – maybe you would like it? Make the dressing and add shallots and chives to half of it and leave the other half without it and see the difference:).

  • Natasha Y

    Olya, I made this ranch today and its the best I have ever tried! I didn’t have shallots, so added small onion instead. Thank you so much for the great recipes! May God bless you and your husband and your children that are waiting for you!

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  • Mary Bowmer

    For those who are asking about a lower calorie/less fat recipe couldn’t you use low fat or no fat mayo, buttermilk, and sour cream? It’s worth a try.

    • olgak7

      For a lower calorie/fat dressing, use more lemon juice and less mayo. You can also use nonfat buttermilk and nonfat sour cream. That should work just fine.

  • Erin

    I can’t wait to make the Ranch dressing with homemade mayo. Each time I buy it at the store I say it’s going to be my last. Now I’m inspired!!! One question: How long is the mayo good for?

  • Meghan S

    Well tried this out tonight and I definitely did something wrong. My ranch was more like… ranch liquid. I used mayo dressing (which I’m assuming now wasn’t the right choice, haha) and I used the powdered buttermilk. Think I’ll be making your recipe for homemade mayo and trying this again!

    • olgak7

      I’m sorry to hear that, Meghan. For this recipe, you need to use regular mayonnaise, not mayonnaise dressing and powdered buttermilk will definitely not work. I hope you try it again with all the correct ingredients.

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