Homemade Ranch Dressing

ranch dressing ready to mix

Ranch Dressing

I’ve been spoiled by this homemade Ranch Dressing now. We all like Ranch dressing in restaurants but could never find one in the store we liked so well.  I have several variations I like but this one is the girls’ favorite. I’ve simplified the measurements as I got them from America’s Test Kitchen.  If you want to try out some variations, this one has honey and  is also very good!

The other night I made it with yogurt instead of sour cream and it came out nearly as good. (Shhhh! I didn’t tell my eldest I substituted yogurt for the sour cream!)  I think the sour cream is a bit more….creamy?  But the yogurt one is good. I substitute yogurt for buttermilk and sour cream in corn bread, pancakes, and the like. I use whatever I have in the house but I don’t think I’d substitute it for both in the same recipe.  I used both parsley and cilantro but if I didn’t have one or the other that wouldn’t stop me from mixing this up.  I’d just use double the amount of whatever I had.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot (or red onion if you don't have a shallot)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • pinch sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Mix everything together and let chill in the refrigerator to blend.
  2. This should keep well in the refrigerator for a few days at least.
  3. Stir together again before using.

For salads or as a dipping sauce for vegetables, this tastes great.  When my girls were little, I would often set out a plate of vegetables and some dip of some kind before dinner. We rarely ate before 7pm so the vegetables would tide them over until dinner.  They would munch away and tell me about school and such and then dinner was very relaxing because I knew they’d already had at least one if not two servings of vegetables!  They would eat carrots, red pepper strips, snap peas, celery, etc. while chatting away before dinner.  I wish I’d had this recipe then!

hhomemade ranch dressing mixed up

Ranch Dressing




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