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.

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 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.

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

4.83 from 51 votes
Tangy, fresh, and filled with herbs, this is a flavorful ranch dip that's better than anything you can buy.
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Prep Time: 5 mins
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 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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    wow..this ranch sounds yum!!..gud i found your blog..i was so looking for a dip recipe..i also like 2 try homemade dips..they r so much better n healthier thn the store bought ones.u have lovely recipes..i am gonna follow you!!:D

  2. Becki - Becki's Whole Life says

    This looks. Great – I have to have dill in my ranch dressing and whenever I see one without it, I think – what???? This looks great. Ranch is the key to getting my girls to eat salads and carrots so always good to have a good recipe for it!

  3. Amy J. and Tiffanie A. says

    GREAT RECIPE!!!!! I love garlic ranch you think this would taste good with some garlic??? OH I can't wait to make this! I hate store bought ranch. My favorite is Taco Mac's because it has the garlic in it! Yum yum! I love that yours is creamy and not watery either!!

  4. Anonymous says

    I only had 1/2 c. of mayo left so I subbed the other 1/2 c. with Fage greek yogurt.

    I like my ranch just a little bit thinner so I whisked in about 1/2 c. of buttermilk (or you could use milk) and about 1/4 tsp. sugar.

    WOW! It was great! This recipe is definitely a keeper!!!

  5. Barefeet In The Kitchen says

    Anon – I add a bit of milk as well, to get the desired consistency when I want a thinner dressing. Sometimes I need to adjust the seasonings a bit, but it still tastes great. I am so glad that you liked it. Thanks for coming back to tell me!

  6. Jody says

    I’ve made this dressing several times & it is very good. After making the first time as written, I made the following change. Instead of 3/4 cup of mayo & sour cream, I used 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream & 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt. Even my husband (who says he doesn’t like Yogurt!!) loves it.5 stars

  7. Marina says

    Question. The first Direction says “Whisk together the mayo, sour cream and milk until smooth”
    But there is no milk listed in the directions.
    How much milk did you use?
    Thank you!

    I made it without milk and got an amazing reaction, “Better than any ranch dip they’ve ever had.”5 stars

  8. Trish Stewart says

    I used Greek Yogurt instead of mayonnaise because of diet. I only used 2 tsp of lemon juice because of the tartness of the yogurt. I also bumped up the garlic and dill. Just our preference. Great recipe.5 stars

  9. Bee says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, my family LOVES ranch as a staple…I’m looking forward to trying it 😀5 stars

  10. Ella Hood says

    Your recipe is “spot on”
    Packaged Hidden Valley Ranch is owned by Clorox???
    Their dry mix has either dried or dehydrated main ingredients including maltodextrin, buttermilk, salt, monosodium glutamate, dried garlic, dried onion, lactic acid, citric acid, dehydrated herbs & spices and artificial flavors. Plus dried buttermilk.5 stars

  11. Teebee says

    Wow. This ranch really is delicious. I’m hooked on it just in time for summer! I’m so glad I tried it.
    I make ny own buttermilk in a yogurt maker, so that will be going in the next batch by way of experimentation.
    Thank you so much!5 stars

  12. Julie says

    I am going to put the dry ingredients together and take on vacation with us. I cannot get bottled or store bought dressings or dips due to an allergy to soy. This will be fantastic!5 stars

  13. Barbara says

    I made this ranch dip to go with the hot wings I am having for dinner. Easy to whip up and tastes great. BTW …… I used 2 tps of vinegar.5 stars

  14. Marq says

    Hello Mary,
    It is very hard to find dried herbs here in Thailand. Can you use fresh, and how long would it last?

    • Mary Younkin says

      Yes, fresh herbs will work nicely in this recipe. I typically triple the amounts when using fresh herbs, Marq. It should keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.

  15. 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?

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’ve never had that happen, Mischa. Is there any chance that your sour cream was old? or close to expiration? It should be a creamy dip without any need for pureeing it.

  24. Deja says

    super simple and super delicious, it takes common seasonings and herbs that you would find in any household. it turned out great, its a dip not a dressing so it’s thicker it went great with the onions rings i made and i’ll definitely be making this again.5 stars

  25. Steven says

    This is the best stuff ever!!! I’ll do anything to get my hands on this!!!

    (My 9 year old son typed this review and he just ate more veggies than any other day)5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      Sorry to hear it wasn’t a hit. All the ingredients are adjustable to taste, you might try kicking up the amount of dill and salt in the recipe and see if that helps for you.

  26. HopeinChrist says

    Yes to 3/4 tsp Dill & yes to 1 TBSP lemon juice! Oh my goodness! So delicious…even more delicious than our favorite name brand Ranch =0) Yum!5 stars

  27. Rose says

    What other seasonings would work out for this ranch if I didn’t have dill weed. Anyway this is such a good recipe fun to make for my sister’s and family!!5 stars

    • Mary Younkin says

      While the recipe is fairly adaptable and you’ll still be able to make a tasty enough dressing without dill, the dill is a crucial ingredient for traditional ranch flavor. There is not substitute that I’m aware of, Rose.

  28. Lin says

    Can I use fresh dill and chives? If so, how much should I use? Thank you in advance! Excited to try this recipe for this holiday!