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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

In this post I am sharing how to make easy Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

There is nothing to compare to making your own salad dressings. The rich and delicious flavors are superior to anything you’ll find bottled at a store.


Ranch dressing happens to be one of our favorites. The tangy buttermilk and fresh herbs and seasonings are wonderful on top of a fresh dinner salad.

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing

This simple recipe can easily become the base for variations as well, such as a spicy peppercorn ranch or Parmesan ranch. With the addition of sour cream turn it into a dip.

I recommend making ranch dressing and allowing a few days for the flavors to mingle. This dressing is always better a day after it is first made.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing from Scratch

Here’s what you’ll need to make the ranch dressing: Mayonnaise, Buttermilk, Dill, Parsley, Thyme, Chives, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt and Cracked Black Pepper. 

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Preparing the dressing is as easy as chopping up some herbs then combining all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

It is as easy as that to have your own homemade dressing. You can even buy ranch seasoning packets to make a semi-homemade dressing for an even easier version. The semi-homemade dressing is still more delicious than store bought.

What do I do with leftover herbs? If the commitment of fresh herbs is a concern for you, remember that fresh herbs are great for cooking. Herbs can also be easily dried on paper towels then bottled up to use later.

When I have fresh herbs that I feel I can’t use up in time, I just lay them out on paper towels for a few days until they’re thoroughly dried then crush them up and store with my other seasonings.

There are faster methods for drying herbs using the oven but the easiest for me is to just let them air dry for several days.

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Yield: 1.5 cups of dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Easy Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing with Duke's Mayonnaise and fresh herbs

Rich and tangy homemade ranch dressing from scratch made with fresh herbs and delicious seasonings

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 c Mayonnaise (I used Duke's)
  • 1/2 c Buttermilk
  • 1 tbs Fresh Dill, chopped
  • 1 tbs Dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp Fresh Thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp Fresh Chives, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Combine all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for several hours to develop flavor (overnight recommended)


Add extra fresh cracked pepper or crushed peppercorns to make a peppercorn ranch.

Add fresh grated Parmesan Reggiano to make a Parmesan ranch.

Add 1/2 c sour cream to make a ranch dip for gatherings.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g
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Saturday 24th of June 2023

How long will this keep in the fridge?

Julia Jordan

Monday 26th of June 2023

Hi Pamela, If the buttermilk and mayonnaise that you're using still have a good shelf life then it should keep at least two weeks in the fridge. ~Julia

Claudia Lamascolo

Thursday 7th of February 2019

This dressing is mouthwatering. I love how the video shows how thick it is too. That salad in the video look fantastic too! I love it with that chicken, I will never buy ranch again now again seeing this!

Julia Jordan

Thursday 7th of February 2019

Claudia, Thank you! Homemade ranch is a favorite at our house.

Miz Helen

Tuesday 15th of January 2019

We will love this Buttermilk dressing, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday! Miz Helen

Janet Martin

Monday 14th of January 2019

Delicious recipe--we like the tang of buttermilk so much I changed to 3/4 c buttermilk and 3/4 c Duke's mayo--cut the calories a tad, and was absolutely yummy. As the dressing sits, it thickens.

Julia Jordan

Monday 14th of January 2019

Janet, I'm so glad that you had the chance to try this recipe. I appreciate your coming back to share your tasty version with us. Julia


Monday 14th of January 2019

That looks absolutely amazing and I love the pics! YUMMMMMMMMM!

Julia Jordan

Monday 14th of January 2019

Thank you so much, Carlee! I had a lot of fun with these photos and photography is my biggest challenge.

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