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.

More Great Things You Can Make At Home

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!

Easy Ranch Dressing with Buttermilk from scratch

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe From Scratch

Nicole Cook
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 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Condiments Sauces and Dips
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 120 kcal


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic we use two because we love the garlic flavor
  • ¼ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chives
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 Tablespoons 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.


Serving: 42.5gCalories: 120kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 116mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 103IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 0.1mg
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    1. It is amazing Kristen, and I like it because everything is natural, no preservatives – so of course it doesn’t last as long but its worth it IMO. Plus they are easy ingredients to get and it tastes… just amazing.

  1. Looks good. I keep ending with a surplus of buttermilk (milk delivery mistakes on my part), so it’d be nice to find another way to use it. Also, I like being able to make foods from scratch, and ranch dressing is typically such an industrial food standby.

    1. We do that too – so much buttermilk and not enough recipes we make on a consistent basis – except this one. 🙂 I feel your pain.
      Let me know what you think of it if you decide to try it – it is by far my favorite I’ve found, but I’m definitely interested in what others think! 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by!

    1. Micha I throw tons of herbs in mine but I do whatever I have on hand, so I didn’t want to add that. I would love to see yours though – the saltine crackers have me quite intrigued! I hope you’ll share!

  2. We don’t get sour cream in India so I used sour yogurt instead of the cream and buttermilk. The result was a rather watery ranch, but the taste was incredibly refreshing for the tongue from the store bough, expensive, imported bottle of ranch which rather tasted like cardboard. Thanks for the recipe. Next time I’ll try squeezing the water out of the yogurt with a muslin.

  3. @helmet- you can make buttermilk by adding a Tablespoon of lemon juice to a cup of milk and waiting five minutes. you can add 1/4 cup of buttermilk to cream to make sour cream. hope this helps. robyn

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

    1. 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!

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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!

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