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Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Ranch Salad Dressing

Once you've made your own ranch dressing you'll never buy the ready-made stuff again. Yep, this is the best ranch salad dressing! 

Homemade ranch dressing. Pictured in a small wooden bowl.

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If you make it a bit thicker, which is easily done if you read the recipe, you can use this as a ranch dip for pizza or fries.

Make your own ranch dressing from scratch with just a few simple ingredients, it takes just 5 minutes!

Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • sour cream
  • buttermilk
  • mayonnaise 
  • flat leaf parsley 
  • fresh dill 
  • fresh chives 
  • garlic granules
  • fine sea salt
  • finely ground black pepper 
  • fresh lemon juice

Sour Cream

Sour cream is the base of this ranch dressing making it creamy and tangy.


Buttermilk offers some additional tanginess and thins out the sour cream and mayonnaise enabling a drizzling consistency, but you can make your dressing thicker or thinner depending on the amount of buttermilk you add.


Ranch dressing needs just a little bit of mayonnaise to get that perfect rich, creaminess.

Fresh Herbs

You must use fresh herbs to make this - the dried stuff just doesn’t compare.

Herbs for ranch dressing.


Garlic granules are the way to go here, folks. Fresh garlic tastes too strong as it's not cooked, so you get raw garlic taste, which isn't pleasant.

Lemon Juice

Add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice to suit your taste, but don't leave it out.

Salt and Pepper

A tiny bit of salt is needed to bring out the other flavours. Finely ground black pepper is vital for a classic ranch dressing flavour.

Who Invented Ranch Dressing?

Apparently, it was a guy called Steve Henson who moved to Anchorage, the Alaska area.

One day he invented a new salad dressing for his work crew. But I'll let you pop over to Wikipedia for the rest of the story - it's a long one!

How to serve 

On burgers

On a simple salad

On a baked sweet potato

as a dip for chips or fries

Or, how about serving this ranch sauce as a dip for pizza!

Homemade ranch dressing.

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Yield: approx. 200ml
Author: Jan Bennett
Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Creamy and delicious ranch salad dressing.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • 125ml sour cream
  • 60ml - 100ml buttermilk - depending on how thick you want it
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh flat leaf parsley - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives - snipped
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon garlic granules
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon finely ground black pepper - to taste
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice - to taste


  1. In a small bowl add the sour cream, mayonnaise and 60ml buttermilk (you can add more in a bit).
  2. Add the herbs, ¼ teaspoon of garlic and 1 teaspoon of lemon, salt and pepper.
  3. Give it a mix and have a taste and add more buttermilk to get your preferred consistency - you can add another ½ teaspoon of garlic if you prefer.
  4. Adjust the taste by adding another teaspoon of lemon juice if you want more zing to your dressing.
  5. You can enjoy this dressing straight away, but it's better after a rest of 15 minutes.
  6. Store any leftovers in a suitable container in the fridge and use within 4 days.
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