Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is a glorious thing in all of its rich and fatty goodness! I love it on everything! Made from a combo of mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk and herbs, it’s ridiculously easy to make and doesn’t compare to the bottled kind.

Making it at home means you don’t have unnecessary additives and preservatives (scary things you can’t pronounce), plus it’s cheaper and can be fine-tuned to suit your individual taste. Thick or thin? Extra tart or super creamy? It’s entirely up to you!

This can be used as a base recipe to add a variety of flavors to by using hot sauce, lemon, Parmesan cheese, different herbs and even blue cheese to make blue cheese dressing.

The leftover buttermilk makes an amazing marinade for chicken; fork tender it will melt in your mouth! Poke the chicken all over with a fork and marinade overnight or for a few hours before cooking, the longer the better.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade ranch dressing is such a cinch to make you will never buy store-bought again!


1/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup sour cream
3/4 cup buttermilk, plus more if needed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon white vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
1 teaspoon dried dill or 2-3 teaspoons fresh
sea or kosher salt and fresh pepper


  1. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the mayo and sour cream, slowly whisk in buttermilk until you reach a consistency you like then mix in garlic, vinegar, parsley, chives and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. From here you can tweak it to your own individual taste by adding more sour cream, mayo, vinegar or herbs.


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  1. Swathi says

    I love Ranch dressing, nowadays not buying thinking of mayo in them. Looks delicious recipe. I will try .

  2. Krista says

    Oh wow! I can't wait to make my own! I have a bunch of ranch fanatics in this household. Thanks for the recipe. : )

  3. Debbi Does Dinner He says

    This is diet friendly, right?? I've never made my own dressing and this looks sublime! Thanks!

  4. 5 Star Foodie says

    Ranch dressing is our family's all-time favorite and I would love to make a homemade one for them, excellent recipe!

  5. Reeni says

    Megan: Hidden Valley used to be my favorite too! I haven't bought a bottle in years – I kind of forgot about it.

  6. Megan says

    Ooh… thank you! I love Hidden Valley but would love to make my own ranch because every once in a while, I'll try a different brand and I'm always disappointed. It would be great to make my own and just have the Hidden Valley as a backup!

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