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.

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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

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

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

4.76 from 529 votes
Perfectly tangy, creamy homemade ranch dressing tastes better than anything you could buy in a store.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 1 tbsp servings (recipe makes about 1 ½ cups)


  • 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


  • 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!


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.


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. Mary K says

    I have made this for several years now and love it. My sister-in-law loves it and I told her our website. It is very versatile, my favorite is adding sriracha to it for avocados and to add to tacos etc. thank you for sharing this with others.5 stars

  2. Kathy says

    How did I not come across this sooner? This was so easy to put together and it was nice having everything on hand. Dressing and a dip….deliciously perfect!5 stars

  3. Stacy says

    My son (just graduated from high school & does NOT cook of any kind) made this dressing while his father and I were out of the house. He bought the ingredients and followed your directions and I have to say, it IS the best homemade ranch salad dressing. I reminded him when you find a recipe you like and is easy to follow, print it and make any notes for next time. When he showed me it was your recipe, I said “of course, I’ve been following Mary on Facebook for years”. Hopefully he’ll trust me and try the Cranberry Christmas Cake in December-knowing it’s your recipe. Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes and including easy to follow directions ❤️5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m glad to hear that your son was able to prep the ranch dressing so easily, and that it was a hit for the whole family! Enjoy, and I hope he enjoys the Cranberry Christmas Cake, too.

  4. Lorie Ann says

    Hi, made this today for our garden salad dinner tonight. I used vegan mayo and lactase milk and it is delicious. Will this keep about 5 days like my other ranch (that uses real mayo)?5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi, Lorie. In the refrigerator, this ranch should keep for at least a few days whether you used vegan or real mayo. I’m glad you liked the ranch dressing. Happy cooking!

  5. Liliana says

    Faster than going to the supermarket and much cheaper. I only used 2 table spoons of larger ingredients, an a pinch of herbs, pepper and vinegar and that was enough for my dinner. Nothing is going to waste. Delicious!!! Thanks.5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Glad to hear you were able to scale the recipe to fit your dinner plan, Liliana. It’s a versatile recipe for sure (which is why we love it!). Enjoy, and happy cooking!

  6. Miss says

    This recipe is my preference to use becauseit tastes so much better than commercial brands of ranch dressing. Thank you for uploading it.5 stars

  7. Stacey K says

    I absolutely love the taste of this, but is is very watery. We followed the recipe exactly, using milk instead of buttermilk. Do you think we whisked it too much, or would using buttermilk help?4 stars

  8. Patricia says

    I usually buy the packet of ranch dressing but didn’t have any so I found this recipe and had everything to make it so I
    Shook it all up in a jar and it was delicious, I did add a bit more garlic powder as I love garlic. I will make again.5 stars

  9. LC says

    Home run! My first taste after mixing it up was “Yup, that’s ranch dressing!”. So so good. I’ll be passing this one around and will be making this as my go-to dressing. Thank you!5 stars

  10. Shanna says

    Absolutely amazing!! Thank you for posting this recipe. My family, friends and co-workers fight over this dressing when I bring it! I also add a touch of Cajun seasoning for a bit of kick.5 stars

  11. Melissa says

    We were having blt’s for dinner and wanted a salad with it.
    This dressing is so delicious and perfect with the sandwiches!5 stars

  12. Judy Grantham says

    Followed the recipe to the letter. I could not believe these ingredients could taste like ranch! So delicious! I will not be buying ranch in the future!