Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

This Homemade Ranch Dressing is hands down the best, most crave-worthy ranch you’ve ever tasted. This recipe can rival any restaurant ranch dressing and is so simple to make at home! With 10 easy flavor variation ideas to make your favorite ranch at home. Plus, you can either make ranch dressing or a ranch dip, with one simple change.

I love drizzling this buttermilk ranch dressing on salads or serving it alongside buffalo wings. It’s also amazing as a dip for pizza or served with these air fried chicken tenders or pasta chips.

And while I’m not much of a veggie eater – I’ll eat even my least favorite (ahem… carrots) if they’re dipped in ranch. And while I also love this Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, there’s something about this pourable, drizzly, restaurant-style ranch dressing recipe that I just can’t get enough of.

Which reminds me – I once went to a party where there was a ranch fountain! Basically the hit of the night. I mean… come on. Everyone loves ranch, right?

So why not win some hearts and make this delicious dressing at home?

Why is this the BEST Buttermilk Ranch Dressing?

  • It’s super simple.
  • The ingredients are ones you may already have on hand – and I’ve included directions for using either fresh herbs or dried herbs.
  • It can be made as thick or thin as you like it – so you can serve it as a dip, or a dressing.
  • I’ve included variations below – think bacon ranch, cheesy ranch, spicy ranch, etc.

What is ranch dressing made of?

  • Sour Cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Garlic Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Onion Powder
  • Salt & Black Pepper
  • White Wine Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Ingredients for ranch dressing on counter.

How do you make ranch from scratch?

  • Combine sour cream, mayonnaise and seasonings until well combined.
  • Add buttermilk. Make a homemade ranch dip by adding less or a thinner dressing by adding more.
  • Refrigerate. Let chill at least a couple of hours to allow the flavors to develop.
  • Enjoy! 

I start with 3/4 cup of buttermilk for this recipe. If you know you want a thick dipping sauce consistency, start with 1/2 cup and work your way up from there. Note that you can also use regular milk for this dressing, though it won’t be as tangy, so you may want to add additional vinegar or lemon juice.

If, after refrigerating, your ranch thickens too much, just add additional buttermilk to thin it out to your desired consistency before serving.

Ranch dressing in small glass jar with spoon.

Ranch dressing variations:

  • Peppercorn Ranch: Add in lots of crushed peppercorns.
  • Bacon Ranch: Add in bacon crumbles.
  • Spicy Ranch: Add in finely chopped jalapenos or sriracha.
  • Smoky Ranch: Add in finely chopped chipotle peppers.
  • Cheesy Ranch: Add in parmesan, pecorino romano, or cheddar cheese.
  • Light Ranch: Swap the mayo for light mayo and the sour cream for nonfat plain Greek yogurt.
  • Cilantro-Lime Ranch: Add in chopped fresh cilantro and swap the vinegar/lemon juice for lime juice.
  • Buffalo Ranch: Swirl in some homemade buffalo sauce.
  • Southwest Ranch: Add a pinch of chili powder and cumin.
  • Avocado Ranch: Add an avocado and process in a food processor.

How long does homemade ranch last?

  • Homemade ranch can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Is ranch dressing keto?

  • Yes! This dressing is low carb, and keto-friendly.
Side view of homemade ranch dressing in small jar.

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Psst – Don’t forget the homemade croutons!

Green salad in grey bowl topped with red onions, tomatoes and blue cheese dressing, with serving utensils and small jar of dressing.

How to use it:

Ranch Recipe

Ranch dressing in small glass jar with spoon.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

This Homemade Ranch Dressing is hands down the best, most crave-worthy ranch you've ever had. This recipe can rival any restaurant ranch dressing!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill (or 3 tsp fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 1 1/2 tsp fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives (or 1 1/2 tsp fresh)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove, grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-3 teaspoons white wine vinegar or fresh squeezed lemon juice (to taste)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk or regular milk (as needed for desired consistency)


  • In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, dill, parsley, chives, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon juice.
  • Add the buttermilk to desired consistency and mix to combine, tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed.
  • Refrigerate for a couple hours before serving, thinning with more buttermilk if needed.
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Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 386mg | Potassium: 133mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 1mg

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