Homemade Ranch Dip

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Tangy, flavorful ranch dip can be made from scratch in just 5 minutes!

Whether we are snacking on fresh vegetables, dipping roasted potatoes or Southwest Chicken Bites into this ranch, or tossing it with a salad, this quick and easy homemade ranch dip is a staple in our lives.

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In my quest to eliminate many processed foods from our lives, I began playing with ranch dressing recipes about 5 years ago. We’ve been making this dip for a number of years now and after a bit of tweaking, we’ve declared it absolutely perfect.

There is always a container of ranch dip in our refrigerator along with a box of ready to eat vegetables for snacking. (Check out this post for tips on storing all your fresh produce to keep it fresh for as long as possible!)

If you happen to need a dairy-free option, you can make your own Dairy Free Sour Cream! (It really works!)

If you have an abundance of fresh herbs on hand, here’s a recipe for Ranch Dip made with fresh herbs.

The extra dill in this dip really kicks the flavor up a notch and the squeeze of lemon provides plenty of tang. My older boys can stir together a batch of this dip in just a few minutes.

Keeping our refrigerator stocked with ranch dip is one of their jobs. The dip will keep nicely in the refrigerator for up to a week, but it rarely lasts that long in our house.

I often pair this ranch dip with some grilled chicken and vegetables for an easy dinner.


Homemade Dip Recipes

We love having fresh dips in the house for snacking. This Southwest Ranch Dipping Sauce is a fun, spicy twist on the original Ranch Dip.

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce by Kalyn’s Kitchen is next on my list to try. I love tzatziki with cucumbers or Laffa Bread.

Dill Pickle Dip is a tasty snack with pretzels, crackers, or vegetables.

Fresh Corn Dip with Bacon, Avocados, and Tomatoes disappears lightning fast any time we make it.

Spicy Hot Jalapeno Ranch Dip is a favorite with Sean and Sam both. (My oldest son would happily dip everything he eats in a spicy sauce.)

Homemade French Onion Dip by Rachel Cooks is also on my list to try. I’m betting it’s going to be a hit with my whole family.

Homemade Ranch Dip (made from scratch!) in just minutes - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Ingredient Substitutions for Ranch Dip

Lemon juice is my first choice when making this dip. However, if you happen to be out of lemons, vinegar works as well.

We use the full tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar for this recipe, feel free to adjust it for your tastes if you don’t care for as tangy a ranch dip.

We like the full 3/4 teaspoon of dried dill in this recipe, feel free to adjust that to taste as well. if you would rather not have such a strong dill flavor.

Ranch Dip Recipe

    1. Whisk together the mayo and sour cream until smooth.
    2. Add the spices and whisk until combined.
    3. Add the lemon and whisk again.
    4. Pour into an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


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Homemade Ranch Dip

Homemade Ranch Dip

4.9 from 39 votes
Tangy, fresh, and filled with fresh herbs, this is a flavorful ranch dip that's better than anything you can buy.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 24 (1) tablespoon servings, about 1 1/2 cups


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 - 3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion or onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, adjust to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice or white vinegar


  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • This dip will keep nicely in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!


We use the full tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar for this recipe, feel free to adjust it for your tastes if you don’t care for as tangy a ranch dip.
We like the full 3/4 teaspoon of dried dill in this recipe, feel free to adjust that to taste as well. if you would rather not have such a strong dill flavor.


Calories: 62kcal · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 1g · Cholesterol: 6mg · Sodium: 50mg · Potassium: 13mg · Vitamin A: 120IU · Vitamin C: 0.7mg · Calcium: 9mg · Iron: 0.1mg
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{originally published 8/10/11 – recipe notes and photos updated 1/25/16}Homemade Ranch Dip made from scratch in just minutes - get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com


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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. Jo says

    I made this for 3 holiday parties and it was a h8ge hit each time! I’m going to make some seasoning packets for gifts next year!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      The dip should be pretty thick, Rod. Any chance you substituted an ingredient or used light or low-fat ingredients? Or was this comment perhaps supposed to be on the ranch dressing?

  2. Ryan says

    The amount of mayonnaise in this recipe is too much for my wife and I. We found other recipes without using mayonnaise, which taste better for us and is healthier. We ended up throwing the this dip away. Just didn’t fit our tastes.2 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      As noted above, Ryan, you can easily make this recipe with sour cream alone. It’s nicely adjustable. We prefer the creaminess of the mayo and sour cream combination, but it certainly works without out. I’m glad you found something that suits you better.

  3. Jessica says

    This is fantastic and fresh tasting just as written! I’ve also made it subbing cottage cheese for the mayo and sour cream and it’s really yummy. Just make it creamy by running through the food processor. My toddlers go crazy for it both ways!5 stars

  4. Kelly Macias says

    I scaled this recipe down quite a bit. The list of ingredients are spot on though! I’ve never attempted home made ranch, I’ve always used Hidden Valley packets. Super impressed with this recipe!5 stars

  5. Julie D says

    Hi Mary, I love cooking and make all my meals from scratch if I can, I wouldn’t dream of buying any ready made sauces now. It’s amazing how much more flavoursome it is.
    Anyway, this is the first time I’ve made this ranch dip and it was really lovely and tasty. We had it with chunky chips (homemade, of course!) and salad.
    I will definitely be sticking with your recipe.

    Thanks Mary!

  6. Katelyn says

    I just have to say…this ranch is my jam!! I’ve made it 3 times and I love love it. I’m going to try to memorize it because literally it’s so yummy. And I’m picky when it comes to ranch #ranchsnob

    Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  7. Darlene.C says

    Wow!! Love this ranch dressing!! Made it exactly the same as your article called for. I am on a Keto diet and can definitely use this for my veggie dip!! Thank You for sharing this recipe! It will be one of my household staples!5 stars

  8. Karen says

    Loved it!! I only had apple cider vinegar and substituted with it. I also had some Tony Chachere’s seasoning to give it a kick. Delicious!!!5 stars

  9. Heidi Applebee says

    Tried this dip today and everyone loved it! We added some fresh herbs like thyme, oregano, basil, and rosemary. We also used fresh garlic instead of powder. We will be using this recipe instead of bought ranch from now on. Next time I may substitute the sour cream with yogurt. Who knows maybe I will even trade the mayo with avacados 🤷‍♀️ Thank you for sharing this recipe.5 stars

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