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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Creamy, tangy and full of herbs, this easy ranch dressing is so tasty you’ll never want bottled RANCH again!

CREAMY, TANGY AND FULL OF HERBS, THIS EASY RANCH DRESSING IS SO TASTY YOU'LL NEVER WANT BOTTLED RANCH AGAIN!

Ranch dressing is one of those staples that seems to live in every fridge in America. It’s the number one salad dressing in America and our house is no exception. My sons drown everything they eat in ranch, and last week I saw my husband eating a ranch wrap sandwich. You know…ranch dressing on a wrap, a few shreds of cheese…and more ranch. Whoa hoss, get back here!

Necessity drove me to start making my own ranch salad dressing. Ever reach into your pantry expecting to find the ranch dressing you just bought, and find it gone? Yep, me too. To finish a recipe I was making, I punted and made my own. Turns out it was better than anything I ever tasted from the store, and homemade ranch is now the standard around here. That’s okay because it’s easy to make… and I can hide it in the vegetable drawer where they will never find it!

Buttermilk Ranch dressing ingredients in a glass mixing bowl

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING

One of the great things about this recipe is that no special ingredients or fresh herbs are required. I grow my own herbs during the summer so I might add some then, but that’s it. For great ranch, you’ll need mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk. You’ll also want spices like garlic, onion powder, parsley and chives that you probably already have in your pantry.

To make the dressing, put everything into a bowl and stir. I just throw everything into a mason jar and shake it. Let it sit in the fridge for an hour or so to let the flavors combine.

IS HOMEMADE BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING LOW CARB OR KETO?

Yes, this ranch dressing is KETO friendly, with only 0.7 grams of carbs per 1 Tablespoon, based on using full fat mayonnaise and sour cream. If you like, substitute a 1/2 teaspoon of erythritol for the sugar to make the dressing sugar-free.

WHAT IS A GOOD SUBSTITUTE FOR BUTTERMILK?

Buttermilk is great for adding tang to lots of dishes, including dressing. It acts as an acid in cooking. But if you don’t have it or don’t want to use it there are lots of substitutes to use:

  • Add 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to a measuring cup. Add enough milk to measure 1 cup. Let it sit for 5 minutes to develop. This equals 1 cup of buttermilk for a recipe.
  • Replace 1 cup of buttermilk with 1 cup sour cream thinned with a few tablespoons of milk.
  • 1/4 cup milk mixed with 3/4 cup plain yogurt substitutes for 1 cup buttermilk
CREAMY, TANGY AND FULL OF HERBS, THIS EASY RANCH DRESSING IS SO TASTY YOU'LL NEVER WANT BOTTLED RANCH AGAIN!

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Creamy, tangy and full of herbs, this easy buttermilk dressing is so tasty you'll never want bottled again!
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 91kcal

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic, optional
  • 1/2 tsp dried minced onion, optional
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill weed, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add all ingredients to a medium bowl. Sir until well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

NOTES

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
To lower calories and fat, I have used light mayonnaise and reduced fat sour cream to make this ranch. Still delicious!
For more robust flavor, try adding minced garlic, dried minced onion and dried dill weed to the recipe. I have made it either way and all are super tasty.
Nutrition information is based on using full fat mayonnaise and sour cream.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 91 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 126mg5%
Potassium 36mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 223IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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