Creamy Homemade Ranch Dressing


Author: Susanne at Dish With Me

Homemade Ranch Dressing
Creamy Homemade Ranch Dressing

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I don’t know about you, but I am not the biggest fan of bottled dressings. At one time in my life I used them all the time, but as I have grown in my culinary skills and experimented with making homemade dressings, I like the bottled ones less and less and love my homemade dressings more and more. This Creamy Homemade Ranch Dressing is no exception. As a matter of fact, it is one of my favorites.

Many people, it seems, feel intimidated by the idea of making a homemade dressing. In reality, homemade dressings are really pretty easy to make. To make it even better, most can be made in a matter of minutes!

Since I use mostly dried herbs and spices in this recipe, you probably already have most, if not all, of these on hand already!


In my household, we don’t drink a lot of buttermilk. Don’t get me wrong, I love buttermilk, but only a specific kind. Growing up in California, I had access to Knudsen’s buttermilk. It actually had tiny little pieces of real butter in it. OMGosh, it was so good. But, sadly, I do not have access to that brand any longer. You better believe that when I do go visit my family I indulge in it every single time! And, their cottage cheese…it is like no other!

So, all that to say, instead of buying a container of buttermilk to make ranch dressing, knowing the rest of the carton is going to sit and spoil, I have opted to buy powdered buttermilk. I got the Hoosier Hill Farm brand from Amazon. It keeps in the pantry for a very long time and works perfectly for this recipe. You can, also, use powdered buttermilk for other things like homemade buttermilk pancakes. And, the container lasts a very long time, so I always have it on hand. If you cannot find powdered buttermilk at your local grocery store, you can find it on Amazon.

This recipe makes about 3 cups of dressing, so I often double the recipe in order to have some extra in the refrigerator

This dressing will pair perfectly with my Homemade Italian Croutons.

If you’d like something with a southwest flair, try adding some taco seasoning to your ranch. That would actually go great with my Southwest salad, which I will be posting soon. Keep an eye out…

Creamy Homemade Ranch Dressing


Creamy Homemade Ranch Dressing filled with delicious herbs and spices.
5 from 10 votes
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Course: Dressing, Dressings, Miscellaneous, Ranch
Keyword: Creamy Ranch Dressing, Ranch Dressing
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Author: Susanne


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise I use Duke's
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 Tablespoons buttermilk powder
  • 1 teaspoon parsley flakes dried
  • 1 Tablespoon dill weed dried
  • 1 teaspoon chives dried
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 25 grinds freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 clove fresh garlic grated with a microplane
  • 2 Tablespoons green onions VERY finely chopped


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, buttermilk powder and juice from one lemon.
  • To the whisked mixture, add the the remaining ingredients and whisk or stir until well combined.
  • Store in the refrigerator in a glass jar with a lid. Keeps for about a week.

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