Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is a magical thing. It’s served in the fanciest of restaurants and also along side dino nuggets at lunch hour. My kids will literally eat anything if they have ranch to dip it in. And I’ll be honest; I will too. I grew up in a house where there was a pitcher (literally that pitcher, only the 1982 version, so totally not as cool) that was constantly filled. It sat on pretty much every table of every meal we ate. It was always the Hidden Valley seasoning packs that I still love today. I’ve been trying to perfect ranch dressing for years and I finally figured out the perfect combination.  There is no bottled Ranch dressing that competes with this – it’s the BEST!  It’s also so, so easy.  Like, really easy.  I keep most of this stuff on hand so it’s quick to whip up.

Buttermilk Ranch Ingredients

I use a classic base of tangy buttermilk and mayo.  While I use reduced-calorie mayo in a lot of my cooking, I don’t recommend it here.  It definitely changes the flavor and it’s simply not as good. You can adjust the amount of buttermilk you use to get the consistency just how you like it (thinner, thicker, etc.)

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Now for the flavors.  This recipe has garlic powder, onion powder, dry mustard, seasoned salt, black pepper and dill.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Seasonings

And even though we’ve got onion powder in there- I like a hefty spoonful of chives, too.  These little chives are from my garden last summer.  They produce like crazy and I don’t use them fast enough, so I put them in my freeze-dryer and have been using them all year.

Freeze Dried Chives

All you do is dump everything in there and whisk it up.  That’s it.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

This stuff tastes like heaven.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing sq

I just keep it in a mason jar in my fridge and pull it out for every meal.


The only thing that would make a salad with homemade ranch even better is homemade croutons, so you may want to whip up a batch of those while you’re at it.  Dipping homemade croutons into homemade ranch is probably one of my most favorite things ever.

Things you should most definitely dip in Ranch Dressing:

Stuffed Chicken-Bacon Pizza Rolls
Oven Baked Steak Fries
Diner Style French Fries
Breadsticks (c’mon I know you all do it…)

This Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is also a super-amazing variation of this dressing.

Basil Buttermilk Ranch from Our Best Bites



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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing


A quick and easy homemade Ranch dressing recipe that everyone loves!


1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard


  1. Combine mayo and buttermilk in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add all seasonings and whisk to combine. Add additional buttermilk if desired for consistency. (see note below) For best results, let chill for an hour or more for flavors to intensify. Store in a lidded container in the fridge.


Note: Different mayonnaise brands produce different consistencies in this recipe. I have purposely kept the amount of buttermilk called for quite low to allow you to add more depending on the consistency. For me, about 2/3 cup buttermilk seems to be perfect, but that same amount is sometimes incredibly thick or incredibly thin for others. So just keep that in mind. Mix everything together and then add more buttermilk until it’s perfect for you.

Note: all spices and herbs listed below are dried. If substituting fresh, use the ratio 1 part dry = 3 parts fresh.




  1. April- milk + vinegar would work fine, but I think you get a better flavor with the buttermilk. If you're going to substitute sour milk, use a little less milk since it's thinner than buttermilk and also omit the additional vinegar in the recipe (since you'll get the vinegar from your sour milk)

    Jen- thank you! I'm glad you found us and that you've already made this dressing and love it!

    Christina- yup, just plain white vinegar. I've never left it in the fridge for long since we eat it so fast! But it will last at least a week I'm sure and probably more.

    Thanks to the rest of you for the nice comments as well!

  2. Wow! I had no idea that making your own ranch dressing was this easy. This is why I love your blog 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

  3. I like ranch on just about everything. My kids like it too so it helps me get in their veggies. I'm excited to try it.

    Is it plain white vinegar? How long will it keep in the fridge, theoretically, if you had some leftovers? thanks

  4. I stumbled upon your blog when searching for a recipe for sweet potato fries (which were awesome by the way) and happened to find this recipe too! I just made it and cannot stop eating it even though it hasn't chilled yet. It is absolutely perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I second (or third…) the pizza dipping, so YEA!! I love ranch!
    But… I don't often have buttermilk on hand; would the sour milk method (vinegar + milk) work?

  6. I dip everything in ranch…from pizza to french fries, breadsticks, veggies, fried mozzarella, you name it, it's probably been in the ranch. Disgusting, I know!

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