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?

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.
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.

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Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

The Best Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

4.74 from 402 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
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 7/15/21}

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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. Ashley says

    Followed directions to the letter. But what I got was ranch soup. After reading comments it’s likely from using regular milk instead of buttermilk. The recipie should come with a warning that if you use the “or regular milk” option it will be soup not dressing2 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I use regular milk most of the time when we make this dressing. It’s a pourable dressing (like soup) not a “dip.” There are several dip recipes here as well, but if you add 1/3 part liquid, it’s going to be pourable. It will thicken up a bit in the fridge, but still, it’s a dressing.

    • Tammie says

      My base ranch dressing recipe is nearly identical to Mary’s(I would have to check to verify amounts, but ingredients are for sure the same…i often dont measure, just throw it together to taste).

      I make mine as a “concentrate”(no liquid, only mayo/sc-i also usually use powdered lemon), then leave it in the fridge to use as needed. This way I make it once on the weekends and have great, homemade dressing all week and it doesn’t take up more valuable fridge space than necessary 🙂 my 5 kiddos could drink the stuff!!

      When it comes time to use, I can add milk/buttermilk to thin, avocado & lime for an avocado lime ranch, cilantro & lime for a cilantro ranch, etc.

      It works quite well as the flavors are mostly “pre-melded”….and I can achieve any consistency I desire or need for a recipe, etc, dip to “soup”(ie dressing :-))….some days I desire a thicker dressing, some days I desire thinner.

      May I suggest doing something similar and simply thinning the dressing to your preference??

      Truly seems silly to thin down a recipe, then complain it isn’t to your liking, didnt you notice that at the outset? Couldnt you just add more mayo/sc(maybe throw in a bit more garlic & herbs-but not even necessary, honestly)and simply thicken it up a bit….akin to someone following a recipe containing a head of garlic exactly to the letter, then complaining the finished product had too much garlic and they don’t like garlic, so one star….ummm, really?!?!?5 stars

  2. Heather says

    OMG…I would drink this out of a garden bucket! Soo delicious and totally on point!! I can’t wait to make some buffalo wings for dipping!5 stars

  3. K Jones says

    I didn’t have dried herbs (!?) so used fresh, and skipped the buttermilk/milk to use this as a dip. Excellent. Everyone raved how delicious and fresh it tasted…and the bowl was empty.5 stars

  4. VG says

    I have made this recipe sooo many times and it honestly IS the best homemade dressing. And so easy to add a bit more milk to make thinner or a bit more dill or lemon if that is your flavor preference. I am so, so picky about my ranch and this is up there with some of the best restaurant ranch I’ve tried.5 stars

  5. JENNIFER says

    Really appreciate this recipe. I had to improvise using kefir in place of buttermilk/milk because my vanilla flavored almond milk wasn’t going to cut it. It all worked out. The flavor is fresh, and honestly, because it was so easy, and tastes delicious, I don’t see myself ever buying from the store again. Thank you!5 stars

  6. Robin Rainey says

    Best dressing ever! Never cared for the bottled ones, too heavy. This is so light and fluffy tasting! I’m addicted!5 stars

  7. Delie says

    This was great! I didnt have sour cream, so I substituted plain nonfat yogurt. That made it a little runny but still delicious!5 stars

  8. Lisa says

    Delicious! I love having it with a fresh pre roasted chicken from Safeway inside butter buns and hot sauce. Perfect texture. I half the recipe and add extra herbs. Perfect dressing4 stars

  9. Cynthia Henrickson says

    I’ve made this several times. It’s delicious! When using full fat sour cream and buttermilk, but light Mayo, and no more than 2 tsp of lemon juice, it still turns out pretty thick. It’s that perfect consistency of being thick enough to use as a dip, but runny enough to be a dressing.
    I’ve subbed the sour cream for plain nonfat Greek yogurt and the taste and consistency are still perfect. I just made a BLTA salad and used this recipe as a dressing. Phenomenal! Thanks for the great recipe! It’s now a staple in my household.5 stars

  10. John Alan Blaine says

    I tried hard to like this, but the interplay between the sour cream and the mayonnaise just ended up tasting odd to me, like it was slightly spoiled. I’ll have to keep looking, but thank you very much for posting this and getting me started on making homemade ranch.3 stars

  11. Courtney says

    Is there a good substitute for mayo? My son has so many allergies and sensitivities, I can’t find a clean Mayo for him. Thanks!

  12. Britney Martinez says

    This was a pretty good dressing after I let it set overnight. I didn’t add the full amount of milk because it was getting a little too thin for my taste but after it set it was the right consistency for me. I’ll definitely keep making this.