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.

Tangy homemade ranch dip tastes so much better than anything you can buy.

In my quest to eliminate many processed foods from our lives, I began playing with ranch dressing recipes about 10 years ago.

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We’ve been making this dip for a number of years now and after a bit of tweaking, we’ve declared it absolutely perfect. And as it turns out, many of you agree!

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.

Tangy homemade ranch dip tastes so much better than store-bought.

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.

Snackable ranch dip is a big favorite

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.

Ranch Dip is everyone's favorite dip for vegetables or for chips

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 ¾ 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.

Ingredients for homemade ranch dip

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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Ranch Dip is everyone's favorite dip for vegetables or for chips

Homemade Ranch Dip

4.88 from 74 votes
Tangy, fresh, and filled with herbs, this is a flavorful ranch dip that's better than anything you can buy.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 (1) tablespoon servings, about 1 ½ cups


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • ¼ – 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 ground 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 ¾ 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 11/18/20}

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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. CJ says

    Never buying ranch dressing, which I never really used, but also never buying the ranch seasons packets every again. I’ll be making this homemade ranch from now on.5 stars

  2. Kristen says

    this ranch is delicious!! I’ve been making it weekly for almost 2 months. definitely a new fridge staple in my house!!5 stars

  3. Jill Ann Nail says

    I had Buffalo Chicken Bites for the Super Bowl but forgot to buy Ranch dressing. Never knew Ranch was so easy but your recipe is the best. I made mine with plain yogurt. I will never buy the packets again.

  4. Bryan says

    I live in Southern China as a teacher and do not have any hope of buying ranch dressing at stores, or I could pay huge amounts of money for imports. This recipe was awesome, and people loved it. I feel like this recipe helped redefine the term, comfort food! Thanks.5 stars

  5. Carla says

    I’ve been making this recipefor at least 3 yrs. Only changes I make depend on the chives and parsley when they are fresh in the garden – I use them. But I keep this on hand. Surely helps me up my vegetable intake with just a tad of the dip. Thank you, Mary!5 stars

  6. Michelle Shuster says

    This dip odd the BEST I’VE EVER HAD!!!!!! What would you suggest to thin it down a smidge to use for salad dressing?5 stars

  7. Kate says

    This is an amazing recipe!! So glad I found it! Thank you so much! Do you happen to know if there’s a rough expiry date? I’ll be keeping mine in the fridge5 stars

  8. C J says

    Great! I did change it a bit though. Hope that’s ok. I bumped up the chives and dill to a TBSP and the others to a tsp. For salt I used celery salt at 1/2 tsp with 1/2 tsp of pepper. And I used 3 TBSP of apple Cider vinegar instead if lemon juice. Thank you so much for this amazing dip!
    P.S. I’d post a pic but don’t know how to do that here5 stars

  9. Jenny says

    This has become my go-to ranch recipe! I love it. It’s so easy. I don’t even measure out the ingredients – I just match the proportions based on how much dressing I need. Just delicious.5 stars

  10. Diane P Henry says

    The ranch dip was perfect. The right amount of everything.
    We enjoyed it with fresh garden veggies. Better than any store bought version.
    We didn’t have dried Chives and still tasted great.
    Thanks5 stars

  11. Cheryle says

    If you want to make a smaller quantity of dip, what is the proportion of dry mix to liquid? For example, if I just want 1/2 c of dip, how much dry mix do you recommend?

    • Mary Younkin says

      I don’t typically prepare the seasonings as a dry mix. You can reduce the recipe size by adjusting the number of servings in the recipe card. That will reduce all of the ingredient amounts appropriately.

  12. Eli (eh-lee) says

    This ranch dip is amazingly delicious! I didn’t add the chives because I didn’t have any on hand. I decided to use fresh dill instead of dried dill weed and it was phenomenal. Quick question, what is the shelf life?5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      This should keep nicely in the fridge for as long as the dairy ingredients are good for. Obviously, use your best judgement. We typically eat it within a few days.

  13. Rhys says

    This is delicious and just what I was craving with my veggies!! Thank you, I never realized how easy it was. Never buying ranch again!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      You’re welcome. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the ranch dip so much. Once you start making it from scratch, you’ll never go back; happy cooking!

  14. adrian taylor says

    I’ve been looking for a sauce to use when I bbq, normally it’s a garlic yoghurt dip, but for me it’s the go to sauce, made it twice now and I love it. So easy to make and so tasty. Great for dipping wings into, as well as fries and veg. I didn’t use the dill but might add next time.5 stars

  15. Violet Takacs says

    I just made this dip to go with my chicken wings. Great recipe. The only thing I will do different next time is to us 1/2- cup mayo, 1/2 cup sourcream and 1/2 cup Greek or think yogurt. Oh, I also made my own mayonnaise, so I definitely had to up the salt. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars