Creamy Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

If you haven’t noticed yet, we have a thing for salads and dressings around here. I especially love eating at restaurants with great house-made dressings.  When we go out to eat and the server asks which dressing I want, I feel like the adult thing to do is ask for the vinaigrette, but honestly, what always sounds the best is ranch.  One of my favorite things in the world is a great, homemade Ranch dressing.  I’m convinced someone came up with the term “House” dressing because there’s no way to not sound like a 5-year old when asking for Ranch in a public dining establishment. One of my favorite local restaurants is Fork, in downtown Boise.  They have a fantastic House dressing that’s basically a great buttermilk Ranch infused with fresh basil.  The last time I ate there I told my husband I needed to go home and make some myself, so here we are.

Fresh Basil

 I started with my favorite homemade Ranch Dressing.  I could drink that stuff it’s so good. Everything can be whipped up in literally 3 minutes or less in a blender.  Once that’s mixed, Just add about a cup of loosely packed basil and a small clove of fresh garlic.

Fresh Basil in Blender

You’ll process it until the basil is broken up into little pieces and the dressing takes on a pale green color.

Pouring Dressing

You can definitely eat it immediately, but let it sit for an hour or so in the fridge and the flavors really come out.  It has the perfect little tang with just the right amount of garlicky herbs.


Obviously it’s great on salads, but think outside the box on this one.  This is awesome drizzled over a big sandwich or even pizza.  I grilled up a mini flatbread (brushed with Lemon Olive Oil first) and layered fresh spinach, grilled chicken and cherry tomatoes on top and then drizzled this Creamy Basil Ranch over the top and it was amaaazing.


Then I went rummaging through my fridge and pantry literally looking for anything I could dip.  And I dipped it all.  This is such a great twist on classic ranch; hope you try it out!

Basil Buttermilk Ranch from Our Best Bites


clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon

Creamy Basil Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

No reviews

Save Recipe


A delicious fresh-basil infused salad dressing with fresh herbs and tangy buttermilk. Great for not only salads, but drizzled on sandwiches and used as a dip! NOTE: This recipe calls for dry parsley, dill and onion. If using fresh, increase amount by 3x. (1 part dry = 3 parts fresh).


  • 1C mayonnaise
  • 2/3 C buttermilk
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 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 cup loosely packed basil leaves


  1. Place everything except basil in a blender and process until smooth. Add basil and pulse until basil is broken up and dressing is pale green in color. Store in a glass jar or other airtight container in fridge. Can be used immediately, but for best results chill for at least an hour or so before serving.


  • Think beyond the salad! This is great as a salad dressing, but also drizzled over sandwiches and wraps, pizza and flatbreads, and used as a dip.

Less than a week before our DietBet Starts!!  September 1st.  Come crush some goals with us and make some cash in the process.  Click Here to Sign-up, it’s easy-peasy!


Sara Wells
Meet The Author

Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

Read More

Join The Discussion

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Questions & Reviews

  1. I’ve got loads of basil in my garden I was wondering what to do with. Now I know! This is perfect!

  2. I’m not the biggest fan of mayonnaise…would you suggest sour cream, yogurt, or greek yogurt as a substitute ?

    1. Honestly, it’s not the same without mayo. You’d have to experiment and see what flavor you like the best without. Any one of those would work!

  3. Is this one of those places Kate was talking about where you could use kefir instead of buttermilk?

  4. So just to clarify – are you using 1 cup dried basil or 3 cups fresh in this recipe as it states at the top? I’m ready to make it
    Thank you!

  5. Well, shoot. I tried commenting late last night/early this morning, but it didn’t post. Not to worry, but I had to come back and report. So I made this at approximately 2 a.m., because I couldn’t even wait, and I wanted to bathe in it (or at least attack the batch with a straw… no judging). I ended up having a bit this morning on salad (yeah, for breakfast) and it was soooooooo good. Then I had some with lunch on a grilled flatbread with mozzarella, chicken, fresh basil, and this drizzled on top. Then I thought I would have just a little more dressing. I mean salad. With the dressing. 😉 Then, tonight, I made a cauliflower pizza, and decided I would make one pan like a cheesy type “bread” instead without toppings. And did I dunk it in the dressing? Sure enough. Then I quartered up some small tomatoes just to dunk in this. Let’s not discuss my caloric intake for the day (again, no judging), but let’s DO discuss how good this dressing is. It’s awesome. Thanks a million for this recipe!

    1. Sorry I forgot the note about that! All of the herbs and spices are dry, so if you sub fresh use 3x as much. 1 part dry = 3 parts fresh.

  6. You’re right when you say your ranch recipe is drinkable! I like it just as much made with un-strained plain yogurt as with buttermilk. I can’t wait to try this with fresh basil!

  7. Sounds awesome! We tried a Creamy Italian at a little pizza place in Provo. I recreated it at home because they didn’t want to share the recipe. It’s kind of become our new ranch. We dip everything in it!

  8. I’ve been looking for a recipe for a great basil ranch since having an amazing one on top of a fried chicken salad in Atlanta (swoon)! This definitely fits the bill. Top mixed greens w/ strawberries, plain popcorn, grated pepper jack, thinly sliced red onion and fried chicken and then toss in the basil ranch, best combo ever!

  9. Yes, it’s almost 2 a.m. and yes, I am making this right now. This dressing looks incredible and I couldn’t wait. Being an adult is hard, but it’s easier when you can make recipes any time of day and nobody can stop you, amiright? 🙂 Thank you, thank you!!
    P.S. I am thinking beyond the salad, for sure. I’m thinking breakfast! 😉