Homemade buttermilk ranch recipe

Once you try this homemade buttermilk ranch recipe you’ll never go back to store bought again.

Do yourself a favor and try this homemade ranch dressing. It takes 5 minutes to make and is so much better than the store bought stuff. Try it on cucumbers, carrots, french fries or my favorite buffalo wings.

You may need to make double, because if you’re like our family , we put it on everything! This is way better than store-bought ranch dressing and making it at home saves a trip to the dreaded grocery store. 

How to make homemade buttermilk ranch dressing

Making your own homemade version of ranch dressing is easy. Simply get yourself a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk the following together.

Mayonnaise and Sour cream: These form the base of the dressing and help with the creamy texture.

Buttermilk: This gives a nice tang and thins out the ranch so its not too thick but drizzly. I like buttermilk better then regular milk. 

Dried herbs: Dried chives, dill and parsley provide earthy notes and balance the richness from the mayonnaise and sour cream. You can also use fresh herbs but be careful as they can be overpowering. 

Seasonings: Onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper bring the flavor.

Cayenne Pepper: A little goes a long way and gives a nice zippy finish. You could also sub hot sauce if you wanted.

homemade ranch dressing in a mixing bowl with whisk

The ranch should be creamy and thick and of course delicious. If you find that the ranch is too thick, add a little more buttermilk and if its too runny adjust with more mayonnaise and sour cream for a thicker consistency. You could also brighten it up with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. 

How to store

Homemade ranch dressing can be stored in a mason jar or airtight container. It should last for 2 weeks refrigerated. The ranch dressing is actually better after it sits in the fridge for awhile, so if you have time make it a day ahead. 

Ways to use ranch:

Ranch can be used as a dressing, a condiment and makes a great dip. Some other ways are listed below for you to try! 

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Homemade buttermilk ranch recipe

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Once you try this homemade ranch dressing you’ll never go back to store bought again. 

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together to incorporate.
  2. Store in a mason jar or airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
  • Author: Jordan Hanger
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American

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