Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

In my quest to make more and more things homemade in my kitchen, I was shocked to realize I hadn’t tried and shared a great recipe for a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. I’d been relying on the packet style mix – which is still better tasting than the stuff from the bottle, and more economical. It’s also full of weird stuff I can’t pronounce in the ingredient list, which is just no good!

Not the case with this version. Basic ingredients found in your refrigerator, a mix of herbs (dried and fresh) and a touch of fresh garlic from the pantry, and you’ve got yourself a delicious homemade salad dressing that comes together in just a few moments. It keeps for a couple of weeks too, which is also convenient. We love to dip fresh veggies into it for an after-school snack or while waiting for dinner to finish up. Or, it’s also pretty amazing to dip pizza crusts into as well.

I’m always happy to find yet another item that I can kick the store-bought variety to the curb for, and I’m stoked to add this one to my repertoire. 

Source: adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook via Confections of a Foodie Bride


  1. Posted March 10, 2014 at 10:55 AM | Permalink

    Wow – I had no idea that this dressing was so easy to make!

  2. Posted March 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

    Looks delicious! I love that you included fresh dill (my favorite ingredient in ranch dressing) 🙂

  3. Posted March 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM | Permalink

    I am with you, I have ditched most all the convenience foods but the ranch from a packet is not one of them. My son is going through a “ranch phase” and I really would like to start making it homemade for our family. I am pinning your recipe to try. Look delish! : ) btw – pizza crust dipped in ranch, I am all over that. One thing my son turned me on to recently is steamed broccoli dipped in ranch. Something about it..

  4. Posted March 11, 2014 at 7:52 PM | Permalink

    I love a good ranch dressing. You are right, the bottled just doesn’t do it.

  5. Kim in MD
    Posted March 11, 2014 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    I am all about making things from scratch and ditching the artificial ingredients whenever possible. This ranch dressing looks amazing, Laura, and I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Debbie
    Posted March 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

    I love ranch dressing. The ingredients are on my list next time I go to the grocery store! There’s nothing like homemade. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Posted March 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM | Permalink

    I love making salad dressings from scratch. This ranch looks simple and delicious!

  8. sharon
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    Interesting how “from scratch” means I need to buy pre-purchased items that aren’t always in the refrigerator or pantry. Like that I can make a buttermilk substitute. So much dill in the garden ;^)

    • Posted June 2, 2014 at 9:46 AM | Permalink

      Hrm, not sure I really appreciate your snarky undertones. I always have buttermilk on hand, as it’s great in so many applications. And dried dill is perfectly fine in this dressing as well, and is in any good cook’s well stocked pantry.

  9. Tanna Dean
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM | Permalink

    OMG I just made this and it is fantastic. I’ve had sticker shock lately on my favorite ranch dressings being 4-5 dollars a bottle when not on sale. This was way cheaper and so much fresher tasting (I used fresh dill and parsley and microplaned the garlic). Thank you. I will be printing this to use from now on. (I did add a smidge of cayenne pepper and a little more buttermilk as I like my ranch a little thinner)

    • Posted June 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

      So glad you liked it. It’s one of our favorites too!

  10. Carol
    Posted February 10, 2015 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

    Is there a calorie/fat count please. Thanks

    • Posted February 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

      I’m not sure, Carol. There are nutritional info generators out there where you can plug in the recipe and it will give you that info. I’d say this recipe makes about 15 servings.

  11. Darshana
    Posted February 12, 2015 at 8:59 AM | Permalink

    do you have a homemade vegan mayo recipe? I’d love to make this dressing. we always have buttermilk and we make our own greek yogurt too. thanks for the recipe

    • Posted February 12, 2015 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

      Sorry, Darshana – I sure don’t. Your favorite jarred version would be fine, or you could probably just increase the amount of buttermilk and Greek yogurt too. Best of luck!

      • Posted June 11, 2015 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

        I didn’t think buttermilk and yogurt was vegan so why worry about the mayo? There is a vegan mayo out there though, called just MAYO. and it’s really good too.

  12. Rosalva Arredondo
    Posted September 11, 2018 at 1:56 AM | Permalink

    I’ve tried a lot of recipes for ranch dressing on Pinterest and I consider myself a ranch aficionado. This is by far the best one I’ve made!!

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