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.

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

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.

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?

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

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.

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

4.73 from 272 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 1/16/19}

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Nancy L McIntosh says

    First time tonight. Needed dressing. My Mother said she likes better than boughten Ranch. I left seasonings and lemon juice out but put in salt. Added 1-2 T sugar.

  2. Robyn E says

    I ran out of ranch, didnt have any ranch dressing packets, so thought I’d make my own from scratch……sooooooo good!5 stars

  3. Christina says

    I’m going to have to make this but I sure wish it lasted longer than a week .

    Oh well I guess I’ll have to get creative using it .

    • Mary Younkin says

      Honestly, we’ve kept it for longer without any issues at all, Christina. I am always hesitant to advise on that though, so you’ll want to use your best judgment when using it. You can also click on the serving size and slide it to the left to reduce the ingredient amounts for a smaller recipe.

  4. Taylor Awe says

    I want to make this but im watching my calories. I see that you have the nutrition facts listed but i dont see the serving size anywhere. Would you be able to tell me the serving size associated with the nutrition facts?5 stars

  5. Patrick says

    Mine turned out super runny 🙁 Tried adding some flour to thicken it up to no avail. Tastes great though, but thicker would be better.2 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi Patrick! This should be a pourable dressing vs a dip. (There are several variations of ranch dip here too.) That said, it’s runny initially and should thicken in the fridge if made as directed. Did you by chance substitute any ingredients? Or use low-fat/fat-free alternatives?

  6. Julie says

    Hi Mary!

    I like using this. I like to make ranch side dishes, and to me bottled ranch tastes more like vinegar than ranch. When I make it, I use lemon juice, and skip the Mayonaise, it turns out perfect for what I put it in. Love it thanks so much!!5 stars

  7. Hollynn says

    Husband loved this on a salad with carrots, cumin era and croutons. He licked the bowl clean and said it was the best salad he’s ever had. It’s all thanks to this wonderful dressing! Thank you for blessing us with this recipe!5 stars

  8. Ton says

    If you actually want the best don’t use dried stuff. Fresh herbs, caramelized onion paste, and homemade mayo. Makes a world of difference, but you have to carefully tune the quantities when using fresh stuff3 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I agree, Ton. All of those things will make it even better. I do have a recipe on the site that is made with fresh herbs. You’ll want to triple the amounts and adjust to taste for fresh vs dried herbs.

  9. AL says

    Ok I made this at dinner time tonight because I wanted salad and had no bottled dressing. I poured it in a mason jar and shook well. My son and I used it on our salad and we both agreed: it really is THE best ranch dressing we have ever had. Wow! I want to drink it as a beverage,it’s that good. I will never buy another bottle of this when I can so easily make it myself. Thanks for the recipe5 stars

  10. Tia Dorseux says

    I am lactose intolerant so I tried this recipe with a few tweaks. Instead of buttermilk I used almond milk, instead of mayo I used olive oil and for creaminess I used 1.5 avocados and lime instead of lemon. I also made the ranch according to recipe for my family and both were big hits. I definitely recommend this recipe.5 stars

  11. Robin Rainey says

    I never liked ranch on my salad, this is amazing, it’s the only dressing I use now. I eat at least one salad a day for my meal. I leave out the vinegar/ lemon juice. I don’t like the tang. Everyone that has tried it, loves it!5 stars

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