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Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing with Buttermilk From Scratch

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Creamy, from-scratch Homemade Ranch Dressing to use for salads, pasta dishes, meats, sauces, veggies and so much more!

Use anytime you need ranch dressing.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

I’m a penny pincher who likes to eat tasty food that is easy to eat. I also love making my own condiments, dressings and dips.

Mostly because I don’t want all the additives and preservatives in there. I just want pure, fresh food.

 I was always afraid to make my own Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe From Scratch because I thought it would be too hard, or it wouldn’t taste good.

I really enjoy creating sauces and dips from scratch, it was time to find a ranch dressing recipe that I could make homemade too.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • no additives or preservatives – you know exactly what is going into your homemade ranch dressing.
  • Tastes SO much better than any store bought brand.
  • You can adjust many of the ingredients to fit your taste.
  • If you love ranch as much as we do, you will love making your own ranch dressing.
  • This is a really easy recipe and comes together in no time at all.
Homemade Ranch Dressing with Buttermilk

I have tried and tested a bunch of different recipes for homemade ranch dressing, and I’ve definitely had a few hits & misses.

Ranch Dressings are not all created equal. Not at all.

This one, is by far my favorite. It is easy, inexpensive and makes quite a bit.

Each time we make it, we add this or we add that, and often we add different herbs and seasonings.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

This is my standard, go to, favorite Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe.

And it’s truly made from scratch which makes it all the better.

I like knowing what I’m putting in it, and I love using fresh herbs and seasonings.

In the recipe I specifically give you a measurement for minced onion, however you can substitute that for onion powder. The outcome is simply divine with the fresh onion but tastes delicious either way.

I’m also not sure we’ve ever made the same batch more than twice, simply because I don’t measure as well as I should.

The last batch we made, I did measure out what I used so I could share the Homemade Ranch Dressing with you.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Serve with fresh veggies, a salad or like we do – with AWESOME fried veggies.

Obviously this ranch dressing recipe can be used anywhere ranch dressing is called for, and trust me we do!

I usually make a batch of it, and plan a few meals around it for the 2 weeks following so it gets used.

We use ranch dressing in so much, including pasta, casseroles, appetizers, veggies dishes and the old stand by, to dip stuff in. Lots of stuff.

What can you use Homemade Ranch Dressing for?

You can use this recipe for Homemade Ranch Dressing for literally anything you would use ranch dressing for!

Here are some of our favorite ways to use ranch dressing:

  • dip pizza in ranch dressing
  • veggie dip
  • dip bread or crackers
  • use to spread on, or marinate chicken or beef
  • obviously with your salad
  • use in any recipe that calls for ranch dressing

Recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Have you ever made your own Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe From Scratch?

Tell me about it!

Honestly, this is the only ranch dressing recipe I will use, and it is so easy to change up the flavor by making minor tweaks to the seasonings and herbs. Enjoy!

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe From Scratch
If you’ve never tasted homemade ranch dressing, you are seriously missing out. It’s inexpensive, easy to make and tastes so good!
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Condiments Sauces and Dips
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6 mason jars worth


  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 clove of garlic we use two because we love the garlic flavor
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoon of fresh chives
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil


  • Put the onion, garlic clove and fresh chives into your food processor or a blender and blend until completely minced.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Turn on your blender or food processor and blend it all well. I blend about 2-3 minutes.
  • Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor with a spatula if needed. I do this once about halfway through.
  • Pour into air tight containers or mason jars and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  • This recipe makes about 2½ bottles of standard size dressing.
  • Keeps in the fridge for about 2 weeks.
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Sunday 12th of October 2014

We as a family are on a no processed food diets, and have done without ranch, because we could not find one that fit our strict diet(both our children are special needs), this recipe fits into our resrictions. Thank you for posting, hope to try after a shopping trip.

Nicole Cook

Friday 17th of October 2014

Hope you all enjoyed it! I'm so glad it fits the restrictions!

Grace J

Sunday 21st of September 2014

Are dried chives just as ok as fresh chives? The store only had dried chives. I already made one ranch dressing recipe from Huffington Post which called for buttermilk, sour cream, mayo, tabassco, garlic, chives and salt/pepper.. and it was not good. My first time though so maybe I messed up?

Nicole Cook

Thursday 25th of September 2014

Hi Grace, I am not sure why the other recipe wasn't good. I guess it's possible you could have messed up, or maybe you didn't like the ingredient combination. I'm not sure and without seeing the whole recipe (or even trying it) I can't really say. This recipe is pretty easy and error proof. You MAY use dried chives for this. Obviously it tastes better with fresh for the full flavor, but you'll still get the flavor with dried chives too. Enjoy!


Monday 23rd of June 2014

I didn't have chives on hand so I substituted dill, and boy was it good. Tastes like something out of my childhood. I'm looking for vegetables for an excuse to keep eating it!


Thursday 7th of November 2013

The commercial dressing has MSG, what a great recipe and now I can go back to enjoying my salads and fresh veggies.


Saturday 17th of August 2013

that is 1/4 cup buttermilk to one cup cream

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