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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Forget buying bottles of ranch at the store when making it at home is so easy. This Homemade Ranch Dressing is quick to make and delicious on everything.

Ranch dressing being poured over the top of a cobb salad

If you happened to catch my last post for Homemade Ranch Seasoning, you might be wondering what to do with that seasoning.

And trust me, you’re not alone as I have already received numerous comments asking how to make Homemade Ranch Dressing with the Homemade Ranch Seasoning.

You knew I wasn’t going to leave you hanging, so today I’m sharing a seriously delicious recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing that you’ll make over and over again!

ingredients for homemade ranch dressing arranged on a gray countertop

THE EASIEST HOMEMADE RANCH RECIPE

Everyone jokes about Americans, especially us Midwesterners, really loving ranch. Not all stereotypes are true but honestly, that one kind of is.

I get it, not everyone loves ranch dressing. But I think the bottled stuff just doesn’t always paint ranch in the best light.

Homemade ranch dressing in a glass measuring cup on a gray countertop

Remember how I’ll only eat homemade blue cheese dressing? I’m not as extreme with ranch, but I do really prefer homemade ranch to store bought. I just don’t always have all of the fresh herbs on hand to make it. 

Thankfully, I’ve been keeping a batch of my Homemade Ranch Seasoning on hand so I can whip up Homemade Ranch Dressing or ranch dip any time I like. 

Since the dressing uses ranch seasoning mix, I don’t have to keep a bunch of fresh herbs around. Just a couple of tablespoons of the mix and a handful of other staple ingredients and we’re on our way to a great, easy dressing.

Jar and glass pitcher of homemade ranch dressing on a gray countertop next to a bowl of salad

HOW TO MAKE THIS RANCH DRESSING

In addition to the homemade ranch seasoning, you will need:

  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons homemade ranch seasoning mix
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Couple dashes of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (optional)
Spoon lifting a spoonful of ranch dressing out of a jar of dressing

Even though the ranch seasoning has dried chives in it, I like to add a few fresh chives when I have them on hand. The dressing is still great without them, but even better with them.

I also like to add a couple dashes of my favorite hot sauce to my dressing, but that’s totally up to you. 

To make the dressing, just whisk together all of the ingredients. Refrigerate the dressing for at least 2-3 hours before serving so the dried herbs and spices can really do their thing.

Before serving, give the dressing a taste and adjust seasoning to taste.

Overhead view of a cobb salad topped with ranch dressing on a gray countertop

HOW LONG DOES HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING LAST?

Store your Homemade Ranch Dressing in an airtight container. I prefer to use a glass jar or bottle, but plastic is fine, too.

The dressing will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. 

Of course you can use this dressing on a salad, but you can also use it on Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, in Bacon Ranch Potato Salad, and in Amish Pea Salad. It also makes a great dip for Jo Jo Potatoes or anything else your heart desires. 

Jar of homemade ranch dressing next to a bowl of salad
Spoon lifting a spoonful of ranch dressing out of a jar of dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Yield: About 1 1/2 cup dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Forget buying bottles of ranch at the store when making it at home is so easy. This Homemade Ranch Dressing is quick to make and delicious on everything.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons homemade ranch seasoning
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Couple dashes of hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.

Notes

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can use whole milk in its place.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving Calories 67Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 10mgSodium 244mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 1g

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