Homemade Ranch Dressing: the effortless recipe for a delicious dressing

Total time: 10 Min
Difficulty: Low
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1/2 cup
Sour cream
1/2 cup
1/2 cup
dried dill
3/4 to 1 tsp
Dried parsley
1/2 tsp
dried chives
1/2 tsp
Onion powder
1/4 tsp
Garlic powder
1/2 tsp
salt and pepper to taste
freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste

Tangy, creamy ranch dressing is one of the most popular dressings out there. Made with mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, tart lemon juice, and seasoned with plenty of herbs and spices, it's a delicious dip that you can serve with just about anything. Enjoy your homemade ranch dressing over salads or serve it as a dip with pizza, French fries, chicken nuggets, chopped fresh or roasted vegetables – whatever you love best! It's a great quick, easy recipe you can throw together in no time and is perfect to make ahead so you always have it on hand. One taste, and you'll never buy store-bought ranch again!

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing

Making the best homemade ranch dressing couldn't be easier. Gather your ingredients, then whisk your mayo, sour cream, and milk in a bowl. Sprinkle in the spices and herbs and give it another good stir. Finally, squeeze in the lemon juice and stir the dressing again to combine.

Have a little taste and make any tweaks it might need, then pour the ranch into a container with a lid that seals tightly, and keep it in the fridge until you're ready to use it – unless you plan on using it straight away, of course!

Tips for the Best Ranch Dressing

– Don't forget to taste your ranch dressing and make any adjustments it might need – a little more salt and pepper, a touch more lemon juice, and so on.

– To make vegan ranch dressing, simply use plant-based substitutes for all the dairy in this recipe. Use vegan mayo, vegan sour cream, and use plant-based milk instead of buttermilk. You may need to add a little extra lemon juice, but taste your ranch dressing to see if it needs it before adding it in.

– You can also use white vinegar instead of lemon juice to brighten the dressing and give it a bit of tanginess.

– Ranch dressing has a lot of fat and calories in it, so it's not necessarily as healthy as other dressings out there. However, using it as a salad dressing or a dip with fresh vegetables is a great way to promote healthy eating. You can make your ranch dressing healthier by swapping out the mayo for plain Greek yogurt or blending in an avocado. The avocado will make it extra creamy, and it offers a variety of vitamins, nutrients, healthy fats, and fiber.

How to Serve Ranch Dressing

Homemade ranch dressing goes with just about anything. Use it as a salad dressing or a dip for raw vegetables. It's amazing as a dip for pizzas, French fries, chicken wings, and chicken nuggets, as well as roasted broccoli and cauliflower (making ranch dressing a good way to get your kids to eat more vegetables), jalapeno poppers, the list goes on!

How to Store Ranch Dressing

Keep homemade ranch dressing in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.


In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk.

Whisk in dill, parsley, chives, onion, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Pour in the lemon juice and stir to combine.

Use immediately or store in the fridge until ready for use.


If you don't have buttermilk, use milk or heavy cream instead.

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