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.

If you love ranch but want to bump it up, Pepper Dill Ranch is packed full of crushed pepper and loaded with fresh dill, this dressing is a great addition to our usual dressings and dips for our raw vegetables.

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

4.75 from 446 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 ½ cups)

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
  • ¾ – 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. Regina Mcclain says

    Thank you for the add.i look forward to sharing many delicious dinner ideas with you in the future God bless5 stars

  2. Keila Eckles says

    I used 1 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream, 3 tsp of fresh lemon juice and doubled all the herbs/spices except salt.
    It’s fantastic! We were trying to replicate our favorite Italian restaurant’s homemade ranch dressing and this is as good or better.4 stars

  3. Val says

    Very good recipe but I substituted the ranch dressing powder seasoning for most of the d aspires except for the dill weed. I added that and pepper. I also prefer to use buttermilk for added flavor and thickness. The lemon juice is a must. This is a nice recipe for dipping fresh veggies too when I don’t have hummus available. I even like this to accompany fried fish as well because I’m not a fan of tarter sauce.
    Thanks. I hope to try other recipes.5 stars

  4. Ronald Foley says

    I tried this recipe for the homemade Ranch. It’s great. Thank you. Ive became lactose several months ago and I’ve had to learn alot new things and ways to eat. And substitutions for different things. I use Ranch for one of my fav dishes. Bacon chicken ranch cheddar potatoes casserole. The cheddar isn’t to bad if I limit the amount I use or eat. But regular Ranch is horrible on me. Even the lactaid pills don’t help. But I love this recipe and so do my friends and grandkids. I’m a 52 year old widower and love to cook. I cook for myself and to see the response outta other people when they eat my food. It’s my passion and I love it. And I love this recipe. Haven’t had it for awhile but now I can make it again. Thank you so much.4 stars

  5. Sheryl says

    I had to sub out the onion powder for ¾ tsp finely minced onion because I have no onion powder but followed the rest of the recipe. My family is big into ranch dressing and they love it. Thank you.5 stars

  6. Beth Davis says

    So I made this today. Oddly enough I didn’t seem to have dried parsley or couldn’t find it. Anyway, I used freeze dried cilantro in place of the parsley. It was AWESOME!5 stars

  7. Naomi says

    Love this recipe. I make it as written and it’s fantastic. I did opt for 3 tsp of lemon juice for that tang. I have made this so many times with requests for “my” recipe. I have tried a few variations, too. I have added a lot more freshly ground black pepper and/or added 1/2 cup grated parmesan. All variations turned out super yummy! I do use my own homegrown herbs that I dry at the end of the season and that just adds to the flavor. So much better than store bought! Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  8. Nanny Cook says

    I just made my first homemade batch of ranch dressing!! This recipe is delicious! I was in a time crunch with guests arriving soon and no time for a run to the store. I am sure I will get plenty of compliments! I don’t think I will ever buy ranch dressing again. This is so fresh, light and tasty! Thank you!!5 stars

  9. Katey says

    I was shocked how highly this was rated. Sorry but this recipe was such a let down that I had to take the time to write a review. Just very bland, super runny, and just not really a good rich ranch I was hoping for. If you like a bland watery thing then I guess it’s good1 star