The Best Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

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The Best Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing tastes better than anything store-bought and only takes a few minutes to make. Ranch dressing is delicious on salads and as a dip for fresh vegetables.

We love dipping pizza in ranch and these spicy chicken bites are awesome with ranch on the side too.

Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

There aren’t all that many recipes here on the blog that I label as “the best.” With nearly 1,500 recipes here, there are less than 20 that have truly earned that label.

I figure that everyone’s tastes are different and who knows if someone else’s opinion on the “best recipe ever” is going to match mine? These recipes though? They really are the best of the best.

And this ranch salad dressing? It is hands down the BEST Ranch Salad Dressing that I have ever tasted.

Without fail, the people who try it, have all agreed. Just scroll through the comments to see how everyone raves over it.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Plenty of garlic, dill, and other spices make this a memorable ranch dressing. Just thin enough to pour smoothly, without becoming too liquid or watered down: the creaminess of the dressing is well balanced by the tang of the fresh lemon.

This dressing has had a permanent place in my refrigerator for almost five years now.

My kids reach for this Ranch Salad Dressing or our Homemade Ranch Dip at least once, if not twice, a day to eat with fresh vegetables.

Most nights, I set out our produce boxes and a bowl of this ranch dressing each day as I am getting ready to make dinner. The kids happily snack on vegetables for half an hour or more while we chat and cook dinner.

The BEST Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

This is easily the most popular salad dressing I make. We have friends that insist I bring this Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing along every time we get together for a meal.

Everyone who has tasted this dressing has been convinced at first bite that they need to make it for themselves. This recipe has become not only the most popular salad dressing on this website but one of the most popular recipes overall.

After all, what’s not to love about the BEST ranch dressing you’ll ever taste?

Salad Dressing Recipes

For more great dressing recipes to try, Honey Lime Jalapeno VinaigretteCreamy Poppyseed Dressing, and these Balsamic Vinaigrettes are a few more of my go-to homemade dressings.

I have this Avocado Lime Salad Dressing by Inside BruCrew Life and this Green Goddess Salad Dressing by Kalyn’s Kitchen on my future recipes to try list.

Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing tastes better than anything store-bought and only takes a few minutes to make! - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

How To Make Ranch Dressing

  1. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream and milk until smooth.
  2. Add the dill, parsley, chives, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Whisk to combine.
  3. Add the lemon and whisk again. Pour into a jar and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

The Best Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

4.74 from 327 votes
Perfectly tangy, creamy homemade ranch dressing tastes better than anything you could buy in a store.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Course: Salad
Servings: 24 1 tbsp servings (recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups)

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
  • 3/4 – 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste approximately 1-3 teaspoons, adjust to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk together the mayo, sour cream and milk until smooth. Add the spices and whisk until combined. Add the lemon and whisk again. Pour into a jar and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve. This dressing will keep nicely in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!

Notes

I frequently swap plain white vinegar for the fresh lemon juice in this recipe. Both acids work beautifully to provide the perfect amount of tang in the dressing.

Nutrition

Calories: 45kcal · Carbohydrates: 1g · Protein: 1g · Fat: 5g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 5mg · Sodium: 60mg · Potassium: 19mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 1g · Vitamin A: 116IU · Vitamin C: 1mg · Calcium: 13mg · Iron: 1mg
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{originally published 9/15/11 – recipe notes and photographs updated 5/18/21}

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  1. Andrea Hudnall says

    I make this recipe every week now instead of store bought! My family and guests love it. It tastes fresh! It’s simple and quick. I have tried both vinegar and lemon and both are great!5 stars

  2. Morgan says

    Its good but missing something. I followed everything EXACTLY to a T and it turned out not bad. My husband and I cant put our finger on it..maybe it needs more zest? more salt? More garlic? Its so close but its just slightly off. We wanted a more restaurant style “house made ranch”. This isnt quite that.
    We used the Hellmans Mayonnaise, Daisy sour cream and whole milk. I ended up adding an entire small squeezed lemon and it still lacking something4 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Morgan! Ranch dressing can vary quite a bit in different restaurants. My family loves it with extra lemon, dill, and garlic. But it tends to be most popular exactly as written. You might try adding a pinch more salt too. I’m glad you like it. Hopefully, you can tweak it to your tastes.

    • Ardera says

      Crushed saltines… I had a recipe a long time ago, that I cannot find anymore, and it had crushed saltines. That is why some house made ranch looks a little lumpy, but really doesn’t feel lumpy in your mouth.

    • Mel Hankins says

      Maybe you needed buttermilk? I made it with some and it’s amazing. I can’t stop eating the dressing. I just made some for my friends! I changed nothing 🤷‍♀️

  3. Heidi says

    I didn’t try the full original recipe because I was missing ingredients. The first time it was a bit too runny and not salty enough. The second time I didn’t measure the milk, but added small amounts until it was the thick, creamy consistency we like. I also doubled the salt. I used chopped fresh green onions and a pressed garlic clove, the parsley but no dill or chives or onion/garlic powders. I look forward to trying it with the dill and chives in the future. If you can, try using fresh herbs! It was delicious, so creamy, and really easy to make!5 stars

  4. Charlotte K says

    This dressing was wonderful! We used it as a dip for fresh carrots and celery and on our salads. Personally liked about 2 tsp. Lemon juice and added a tad more dried chives. Thanks for a terrific recipe!5 stars

  5. M.Gal says

    This taste more like french onion dip to me. Tasty, but not the homemade ranch dressing I was hoping it would be. A great recipe for a French onion dip.2 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Amanda! I’m glad you like the dressing. This will keep nicely in the fridge for a couple of weeks, but the dairy ingredients can not be canned or made shelf stable.

  6. Lisa Schofield says

    I didn’t have dill and it still came out delish! My boyfriend loves it. No preservatives for me!5 stars

  7. Billie Sue says

    I just made this recipe, and it’s great! In the interest of full disclosure, I did make a couple of modifications. I used full fat Greek yogurt because I don’t keep sour cream, and I used 2% milk, not buttermilk. I also used dried basil because I didn’t have parsley. I went a little heavy on all of the seasonings and squeezed in half a lemon. It was a little thicker than I wanted (probably because of the Greek yogurt), so I added a bit more milk. I don’t think that any of these modifications changed the recipe in any substantive way. I’m an experienced cook so I pretty much know if a substitution will affect the flavor. I’m confident that the original recipe is delicious, but it also worked beautifully with my modifications so don’t hesitate to try it either way.5 stars

  8. Patty says

    I also make this every week. My granddaughters love it with their chicken nuggets. The rest of the family always wants the ranch with their salad when they come for dinner. This is the best ranch salad dressing. I will never buy the bottled again.5 stars

  9. Naomi says

    I don’t think I will ever buy Ranch dressing again! I actually had all the ingredients in my kitchen so figured I had no excuse to not try it. I did go heavy on the dill, parsley, and chives. I added 2 tsp of lemon juice and it is divine! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!5 stars

  10. Anne Mason says

    My favorite ranch recipe. It’s SO easy to make. I don’t have time for anything these days and was trying to use up a bunch of left over Buffalo wings and make wraps with them.. only problem was, no ranch in the fridge! I’ve been making this exact same style for years.. I don’t even measure it, I just throw it all together in under five minutes and tweak to my preference. Dinner will be great tonight! I’ve used both lemon juice and vinegar and either or are still turn out delicious!5 stars

  11. Lisa says

    Delicious! I have always wanted to make my own ranch dressing from scratch. This is the first homemade ranch dressing recipe I have tried and no need to look any further. This recipe is creamy and flavorful! Never going to guy the dressing packet again. I used whole milk and added a little fresh lemon juice to it before mixing it with the sour cream and mayo. I used all full fat ingredients. I did add more chives than called for, because I love them.5 stars

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