Skip to content

Homemade Ranch Dressing

This homemade ranch dressing is easy to make in minutes with a buttermilk base. It’s creamy, flavorful and tastes so much better on salads and veggies than any store-bought ranch!

This buttermilk ranch salad dressing is restaurant quality! It’s a must try for dipping Buffalo chicken wings or drizzled over a Cobb salad.

Homemade ranch dressing in jar.
This post may contain affiliate links. Read disclosure policy.

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade ranch dressing is so delicious and much easier to make than you may think! I love how thick and fresh the flavor tastes, especially with all the fresh herbs. It’s super creamy without feeling too heavy. It tastes perfect on a buffalo chicken salad!

This ranch salad dressing recipe is so simple and can be made in less than 5 minutes! It takes amazing over pretty much any salad, makes a great dip for fresh veggies and is the ultimate appetizer dip with jalapeno poppers, baked chicken wings and potato skins. Yum!

Ranch dressing ingredients in a bowl.

Tips for the Best Ranch Dressing

  • Fresh herbs. Using fresh parsley and dill makes a huge difference and really packs a punch of flavor. In this case, fresh is definitely best!
  • Buttermilk. I like the tangy flavor that buttermilk adds and prefer it over regular milk. You can make your own homemade buttermilk by mixing together whole milk and distilled vinegar.
  • Full fat. This is one of those recipes where it does make a difference to use full fat mayo, sour cream and buttermilk. It’s what gives the dressing that creamy base and rich flavors. You can always swap for lighter alternatives, it just may alter the taste a bit.
  • Consistency. This is really a matter of preference. For a thicker dressing to dip with veggies, use less buttermilk. For a thinner salad dressing consistency, use more buttermilk. Add a little at a time until the dressing has reached your desired consistency.
  • Let sit. Although you can definitely enjoy the dressing immediately after mixing, I like to let mine chill in the fridge for a few minutes to help the flavors marinate together. The longer it sits, the more flavor it will have. If the dressing thickens up too much while in the fridge, just mix in some extra buttermilk.
Whisking ranch dressing in bowl.

Favorite Ways to Use Ranch

Ranch is one of those condiments that people like to put on everything! It’s so versatile and tastes great with salads, appetizers, veggies, pizza and more. Below are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy this delicious dressing.


One of the great things about this easy ranch dressing recipe is the longer shelf life!

Store for up 2 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container or jar (we like to use mason jars). Although the ranch is already creamy and thick, it will thicken up a bit more once it sets in the fridge. Feel free to thin it out a little with a splash of buttermilk before serving.

Cobb salad drizzled with homemade ranch dressing.

Other favorite salad dressings to make at home include this salsa ranch dressing, homemade Caesar dressing and avocado lime dressing.

More Homemade Dressing Recipes

Browse all

HUNGRY FOR MORE? Subscribe to my newsletter and follow on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for all the newest recipes!

ranch dressing on spoon

Homemade Ranch Dressing

5 from 10 votes
↑ Click stars to rate now!
Author: Jamielyn Nye
This homemade ranch dressing is easy to make in minutes with a buttermilk base. It's creamy, flavorful and tastes so much better on salads and veggies than any store-bought ranch!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 16


  • ½ cup mayo
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dill weed
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice , more to taste

S&P, to taste


    • Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until combined.
    • Pour into a mason jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 


    Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 58mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Condiment
    Cuisine: American

    Did you make this recipe? Don’t forget to give it a star rating below!


    Ranch dressing on spoon.

    Let’s connect

    Join our community of over 5 million!

    Featured on

    • Taste of Home
    • Martha Stewart
    • Country Living
    • BuzzFeed
    • Yahoo
    • Food Network
    • Today