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.

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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.

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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 592 votes
Perfectly tangy, creamy homemade ranch dressing tastes better than anything you could buy in a store.
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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  1. Ron says

    I made a batch of this ranch dressing for my wife and daughter to dip carrots and celery in during a game day. My daughter yelled from the living room, Dad you have to make about a gallon of this stuff!!5 stars

  2. Dave says

    Looking forward to trying this tomorrow.
    I make my own mayo, and salad dressings/dips to take on the road (truck driver). I’m always looking for something new to keep me out of the truckstops and eating healthier.
    Popeyes has a “blackened ranch” dip, have you ever seen a recipe for this variation?

    • Mary Younkin says

      I hope you love the dressing as much as we do, Dave. I’m not sure what would make a ranch dressing “blackened.” I haven’t seen that before, but my guess is that a bit of Cajun seasoning is added to the mix.

    • Alisha says

      Tried making this tonight and it was a GREAT hit! Thank you for sharing! What would you say the shelf life is?5 stars

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  3. Maggie says

    Wow. Haven’t made this for a long time. I don’t know why it is absolutely delicious, even my fussy pants of a daughter loved it. When I visit my daughter in law and grandchildren I have to make some to take. Thank you so much for sharing it5 stars

  4. Marcus Irwin says

    I thought, there’s no way this ranch is better than mine. Then I read the ingredients. Same recipe, exactly! Ha ha!5 stars

  5. Candace says

    Waaaaaay too runny! I wish I would not have used the recommended 1/2c milk! I double the sour cream and mayo and it was STILL too runny! Super disappointed I wasted those ingredients.1 star

    • Mary Younkin says

      The dressing will thicken in the refrigerator, but yes, this is an easily pourable salad dressing. If you prefer it thicker, I recommend starting with just half the milk and adjusting the consistency from there.

  6. Candace says

    Have you tried making this with fresh dill? I’m wondering if it would be a 1:1 or if I would need to adjust the amount?5 stars

  7. Joe s says

    We had the name brand in the fridge and it’s mostly chemicals. That junk just wont do. I prefer to do everything from scratch. This is a fantastic recipe. Well its good enough to drink 😁5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      The dressing should thicken a bit in the refrigerator. If it’s still runnier than you like, I recommend reducing the milk by half next time and then adding more slowly until the desired consistency is achieved.

  8. RJ says

    This is a super solid base recipe. I have high-ish risk tolerance. ~> I’m guilty of jimmy-rigging almost any recipes, not as much for baking. A household member of mine bought the full weed so had decided to hide it for her own person. (Mind you, I do 90% of the cooking for the whole family.)
    So I had to, and many times have to improvise. 🙂
    Substitutions as followed and turned out great!

    Giuliano olive juice in place of dill (1 tsp)
    Vit D milk plus ACV to make buttermilk
    Italian dried spice in place of parsley and chive
    1/2 tsp+ Classico traditional pesto in place of garlic (it has garlic in it so…. Can’t find the garlic so ha! Voila!) also the added basil is just mmm mmm

    I may grate some garlic cloves and dice some onion. Eh why not.

    4 stars plus from me!!4 stars