Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe on justataste.com

There will be no more dip-less, dressing-less nights around here. We can finally wave goodbye to nude foods forever. This one, my friends, is a game-changer. Behold, Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

I consider myself a bit of a ranch dressing connoisseur. The dip-slash-dressing cannot be too sweet, nor too tart. It must be at once thick and dunkable, while also thin enough to pour, which leads to quite the condiment conundrum.

So I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is we can forever ditch the store-bought ranch dressing. The bad news (or good news part II, depending on your ranch dressing threshold) is that I may or may not have just set a new Guinness World Record for Most Ranch Dressing Consumed with a Straw.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe on justataste.com

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe on justataste.com

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe on justataste.com

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Ditch the store-bought ranch dressing in favor of a quick and easy recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.
Author: Kelly Senyei
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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe on justataste.com
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 ½ cups


  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, chilled and well-shaken
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (full fat)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 dashes hot sauce


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. Taste and season the dressing with salt and pepper. Transfer the dressing to an air-tight container and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours before serving.

Kelly’s Notes:

  • The flavor of the dressing will vary slightly based on the brand of mayonnaise you use.
  • It's important not to skip the refrigeration step, as it gives the flavors a chance to really develop.
  • Although the recipe contains hot sauce, the resulting dressing is not spicy at all in taste. The hot sauce adds an extra element of flavor, however it can also be omitted from the recipe.
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Calories: 613kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 59g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 699mg, Potassium: 324mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 740IU, Vitamin C: 5.8mg, Calcium: 270mg


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    1. Hi Christine – I’ve never tried that substitution in this recipe so I’m not certain if that would work. Let me know if you give it a shot!

  1. Gonna try making this. Ranch is one of my favorite dressing. Thank you for sharing this recipe cause now I don’t have to buy the ones that have lots of unhealthy additives. How long will this keep in the fridge?

  2. If a person is allergic to onions, how can they substitute onion powder for the onions? Onion powder is still onion, just in a dried, crushed form. Unless the drying process (heat) destroys whatever causes the allergic reaction, it would be the same.

    1. Hi Margie – I am not sure of the best substitute for onion powder, as it has a very distinctive flavor. You can try leaving it out and adjusting the other ingredients.

  3. Hi Kelly

    As a diabetic, allergic to onions, how badly will the recipe suffer if I use fat free or low fat sour cream, onion powder instead of the chives, garlic powder instead of the minced garlic (cousin to the onion), low fat mayo and omit the hot sauce? I do have Thai hot paste I can use…

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Suzie – Those changes would lead to an entirely different recipes with a different taste/texture. I’ve never made all of those substitutions so I can’t say exactly what the result would be. Let me know if you give it a shot!

  4. I’m kicking myself for not making homemade ranch dressing sooner. It’s so easy! Planning to make like a gallon of this to put on errrrything.

  5. We need to make this for our kids! They are the biggest dunkers (or is it dippers?!) out there. They dip everything from their chicken and turkey to their broccoli. Hey, I guess as long as they are eating healthy, it’s ok by me.