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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

This Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing will become your new easy go-to dipping sauce and dressing for salads, french fries, and chicken!
May 8, 2019 (Last Updated: September 1, 2019)
This Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is so easy, vegetarian, ready in only 5 minutes and has no added sugar! Fresh herbs including dill, parsley, and chives pair perfectly with garlic and pepper for the best combo! This dipping sauce goes great on salads, french fries, and chicken. #ranch #dressing #homemade #easy

I could probably live on this Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, no exaggeration. It is herby, and filled with garlic and black pepper and smooth with the addition of buttermilk. This sauce pairs perfectly with literally everything on the planet from salads, french fries and pizza. Growing up in Saint Louis ranch was a staple in every household, and they basically put it in our baby bottles. Okay, that part was a stretch, but you get the point: ranch is incredible and it should be celebrated with a parade. I hope you love this yummy ranch recipe as much as my family does! Enjoy!

What Do I Need To Make Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing?

The kitchen tools needed for this homemade ranch dressing recipe are:

  • A Bowl
  • A Spoon or Whisk
  • An Airtight Storage Container

Note: Mason jars, Tupperware, Pyrex, work great for this recipe. Another option is saving a store-bought dressing bottle, cleaning it and then re-purposing it for this ranch dressing recipe. 

The ingredients you will need for this homemade ranch recipe are:

  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise 
  • Buttermilk
  • Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Herbs and Spices

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Common Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe Questions

How should I store leftover Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing?

Leftover homemade ranch dressing should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. This homemade ranch dressing cannot be frozen and should be stirred before using to recombine ingredients properly.

Can I use different herbs for my homemade buttermilk ranch?

Eh, I wouldn’t. Instead, try adjusting the herbs to your liking be adding and subtracting what you prefer. For example, I love the flavors of pepper, garlic and dill. Therefore, this buttermilk ranch uses all of those. If you aren’t a big dill fan try adding less, or if you love chives add a little bit more. The good thing about this ranch dressing is that adding more of something in is easy, so make it your own if you wish!

Do the herbs have to be fresh?

No, you can use dried herbs instead of fresh ones. I like that fresh gives more of a bold flavor, but dried herbs work great as well for this homemade ranch dressing.

What food can I use this homemade ranch dressing for?

Literally anything. I love to use this homemade ranch dressing on salads and a dipping sauce for chicken, french fries, on burgers and even on pizza. The sky’s the limit with ranch, so go nuts.

Is this buttermilk ranch dressing healthy? 

Sorta, it is healthier than store-bought ranch dressings because it has no added sugars, minimal salt, and no preservatives. Although, as far as healthy goes you are still eating sour cream and mayo, so you can be the judge.

Silver spoon dipping into mason jar filled with ranch.

Need Some Recipes To Use This Ranch With? Try These!

Crispy Buffalo Smashed Potatoes

Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip

Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad

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This Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is so easy, vegetarian, ready in only 5 minutes and has no added sugar! Fresh herbs including dill, parsley, and chives pair perfectly with garlic and pepper for the best combo! This dipping sauce goes great on salads, french fries, and chicken. #ranch #dressing #homemade #easy
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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

This Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe is simple and ready in only 5 minutes! This dipping sauce pairs great with salads, french fries and chicken! 
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Ranch Dressing Recipe, Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Ranch Dressing with Buttermilk
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 45kcal


  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Mayo
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Fresh Dill or Dried
  • 1/2 Tsp Fresh Parsley or Dried
  • 1 Tsp Fresh Chives or Dried
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic or Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice


  • Finely mince fresh herbs if using and juice fresh lemon if using. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir until combined. Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to 4 days in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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*You will want to stir the dressing before using leftovers to recombine everything. 


Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.4g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 3.8g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.9g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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  • Reply
    sheenam | thetwincookingproject
    May 11, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Look at that (heart eyes!!) – this looks so so good.

    • Reply
      May 11, 2019 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks! We love it and put it on everything!

  • Reply
    May 10, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Love making my own dressing!

    • Reply
      May 11, 2019 at 12:48 am


  • Reply
    May 9, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    5 stars
    I would love to try this dressing with french fries as you said. It looks delicious and a great change from ketch-up. YUM!!

  • Reply
    Diana Reis
    May 9, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    I was just talking with good friend about what a ranch snob she is. I will have to share this recipe with her. Looks way too good.

  • Reply
    Heidy L. McCallum
    May 9, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Ranch dressing is one of my favorite dressings and I make my recipe often and the family loves it but I just wanted to try something a little bit different from the Southern-Style Dressing I make. I’m not going to tell the family, I’m going to surprise them and see if they notice. Wish me luck. I’m super excited.

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    May 9, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    5 stars
    I grew up in St. Louis too and I agree Ranch Dressing was king! This homemade version sounds so delicious!

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    May 9, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    5 stars
    Always love making my own dressing! So much better than the store bought brands and comes together in a snap!

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