Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Make your own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing from scratch with this easy recipe. This creamy, perfectly tangy dressing is perfect on salads or for dipping your pizza into. Use either fresh or dried herbs, I tell you how.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade dressing is way better than anything you can buy from the store, and it’s easier than you think to make.

You can leave it thicker for dipping, or thin it out for pouring over salads.

For large parties, serve along side Creamy Cilantro Dressing for options.

Salad topping with specks of herbs.

Making Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Either grab a bowl and a whisk, or you can make this in one of those shaker bottles.

You know, the plastic bottles with the round whisks inside that are great for making smoothies or protein shakes.

This recipe is easy, because it’s basically a dump and stir.

Add all the ingredients to the bowl or bottle, then whisk or shake.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

What if I’m out of buttermilk?

Well, that takes the fun out of the name, but you can use regular milk instead.

It will have a thinner consistency, so keep that in mind.

What if it’s still not thin enough?

Just add regular milk to it until it’s the perfect pourable ratio.

I add 1/4 cup of almond milk, for starters, then add more if I want it thinner.

It’s starts out thick so you can thin it, or leave it as is and serve it as a dip.

Fresh veggies are great; it’s also wonderful with Crunchy BBQ Chicken Nuggets. Scrumptious!

A delicious dip or salad topping with fresh or dried herbs.

Dried vs. Fresh Herbs

If you have fresh herbs, that’s awesome. I love fresh herbs whenever possible.

Dried herbs, however, are a lot easier to have on hand, so it’s good to know the ratio between fresh and dried.

Because dried herbs are often more potent and concentrated than fresh herbs, you need less if they’re dry.

For instance, if a recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, you can use 1 teaspoon dried.

In this recipe, I had all of the dried herbs on hand except the chives, so I used fresh.

You can mix and match fresh and dried, it’s going to taste awesome.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

How long before I can serve Buttermilk Ranch Dressing?

Pretty much immediately, but like many foods, they taste better after sitting in the fridge for a while.

I always say this, (and it’s true), magic happens in your fridge.

So, make it and serve it now, but if you make it beforehand, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Fridge magic!

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Perfectly seasoned, slightly tangy creamy dressing for dipping or pouring.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Salad, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dipping sauce, fresh herbs, from scratch, make ahead, salad dressing, tangy
Servings: 24 1 tablespoon servings
Calories: 17kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice (or more, adjust to taste)
  • 1 tsp. dried dill weed
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper (or more, adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 cup milk, (OPTIONAL for thinner consistency)


  • In bowl, whisk together buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, and lemon juice.
  • Add herbs and spices (dill, parsley, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper).
  • Add optional milk for thinner consistency.
  • Can be served immediately, best if flavors allowed to marinate in refrigerator for at least an hour. Store in sealed container in refrigerator for up to 7 days. Enjoy!


To use fresh herbs, use 1 tablespoon fresh to one teaspoon dried.


Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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  1. I looooovve ranch dressing so I’ve eaten my fair share of it at lots of restaurants as well as bottles from the store, homemade recipes, and packets that you mix. But this ranch dressing is EVERYTHING!!!! It was so delicious I could drink it from a cup. It was the best ranch dressing I have ever tasted (and I’ve tasted a lot.) I will definitely be making this and keeping it in the fridge for salad, pizza, carrots, French fries, hamburgers and on and on.