Recipes, Salads and Dressings

Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing, the favored condiment of elementary kids everywhere, needn’t be store bought. This super-easy homemade ranch dressing tastes a gazillion times better. The best part? I know every single ingredient that goes in it. No Polysorbate 60 needed, thank you very much.

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill weed
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

This tastes even better the next day. Works great as a dressing or a dip. Feel free to add more or less seasoning depending on your taste buds.

*edited to add on June 12, 2012: Today, I wanted to make a quick, small batch of this recipe for a salad but I didn’t have any sour cream. I used 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup buttermilk, and I just eyeballed the spices and it turned out really yummy. All that to say, if you don’t have sour cream or don’t want to use it, try this with just the mayo and buttermilk – it’s richer and just a little thicker. 


14 thoughts on “Ranch Dressing”

    1. And so easily made, too! This takes me all of 6 minutes to make.

      I don’t know about you, but there is a flavor (or is it an aftertaste?) in store bought dressings that I just do not like. I can’t put my finger on what weird ingredient is causing it, but all I know is it’s not present in the dressings I make. I’m still on a mission to find the perfect italian dressing recipe. I’ll keep you posted. 😉

      1. There definitely is a preservative aftertaste/taste. I despise bottled dressing.
        I have a lovely vinaigrette which I should post. No honey in it though. 🙂
        I will look forward to your perfect Italian!!

  1. Honestly, I’ve never even considered making my ranch dressing from scratch! I always kinda figured it was one of those “factory created” tastes that could only be replicated via the packaged ranch dressing powders.

    I will definitely be making a batch of this! We go through ranch like crazy during the summer when the garden starts making most of our meals. 🙂

    1. Give it a try! I will say, the flavor in the homemade version is more subtle. But if you want to jazz it up, just add more garlic powder or onion powder, etc. I’d wait a day for the flavors to blend, then tweak to taste. 🙂

  2. Becky – I tried your Ranch Dressing recipe – AMAZING. I’d like to reblog this recipe to your site from our blog – HOMESTEADING Downsized – Tempting Tuesday June 5th – with your permission. – Jabbear

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