Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Dressing

Our Saturday evening dinner was inspired by a blog post from Larry over at Big Dude’s Eclectic Ramblings and his meat and salad dinner request from wife Bev. Larry made Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. I just happen to have my own favorite recipe, so a fresh salad and my favorite Barbeque Chicken Recipe made it to our table.

Rub for Grilled chicken

Sunshine and warm temperatures found us sipping wine and basking in sunshine on the back deck this past Saturday. Grilling was certainly in order. We removed the cover from the Weber and broke a bottle of champagne over the cast iron hull, officially christening it for the season. Actually we didn’t really do that, what a mess it would have been to clean up.

Snowy Tree in Denver

We did enjoy it while it lasted but as I type this we’ve got about eight inches of fresh snow on the ground. Yes, yesterday, May 1, May Day, Denver had yet another blizzard. I took this photo this morning at our office building after standing outside talking with the incredibly helpful customer service department over at GoDaddy.  They’re really incredible.  Anyway, his name was Russell, and located in Phoenix, he was remarking about their 100 degree temperatures as I stared at this Winter scene.

You can’t tell it, but the sun is out and the melting has begun.

Grilled Chicken

But back to Spring. A salad piled high with cucumbers, orange bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes alongside a chunk of grilled chicken was a reminder of the warmer weather and summer temperatures that are surely in our future. If I start complaining about the heat in a couple months, please remind me of the Spring blizzards that have become a weekly event.

Homemade Buttermilk Dressing

I’ve had this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe for years. I couldn’t begin to tell you where I found it. It’s fresh and crisp with flavor and easy to make. And it’s minus the preservatives and those ingredients that are impossible to pronounce. Tip: Use a sour cream that’s thick in consistency for a thicker dressing.

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup buttermilk, plus more if needed
  • ½ - 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill or 2-3 teaspoons fresh
  • sea or kosher salt and fresh pepper
  1. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the mayo and sour cream, slowly whisk in buttermilk until you reach a consistency you like, mix in garlic, vinegar, parsley, chives and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper. From here you can tweak it to your own individual taste by adding more sour cream, mayo, vinegar or herbs.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing…It’s What’s For a Salad

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  1. says

    Making salad dressing at home is so worth it in the difference in taste and quality– I haven’t tried a ranch dressing at home yet and look forward to using your recipe.

  2. says

    I’m with Holly. Homemade dressing beats store bought hands down. Glad to have this recipe since my SIL orders Ranch dressing on everything.

    Hope spring comes to your area soon. Can’t believe the weather this year.

  3. says

    Love homemade buttermilk ranch dressing… my mom used to make it that way when I was a kid. Although my favorite dressing has always been French (or Dorthy Lynch) thanks to my grandma, ranch was my next favorite.

  4. says

    Love the idea of making Ranch dressing from the herb garden instead of the little pouch of wth ingredients! What I adore about this post, though, is that crispy skinned leg quarter – I can almost smell it. YUM!

  5. says

    Same thing happened here. Spring one day, back to winter the next. Oh well :/ At least when it snows now, it doesn’t last long. A nice salad and grilled chicken is a perfect summer meal :)

  6. says

    On Tuesday and Wednesday we had temps in the 80s here and we had a glass of wine on the patio and grilled too :) Now we’re back down into the 40s. Fickle spring weather!

    Love this dressing and can’t wait to try making it myself!

  7. says

    love that dressing, it sounds like something I would like to drink… and yup, a good rub (which yours do sound good) and a vinegar/lemon baste is the only way to do chicken grillin’.. both are my kind of eats and I am gonna use your chicken recipe the next time, maybe this weekend…

  8. says

    I love Ranch dressing–I’ll have to try this! We got a little snow a few days after you in Arkansas–very unusual for May!

  9. says

    Homemade ranch is so darn good, isn’t it? You can do SO MUCH with it.

    Two easy variation on your favorite ranch dressing like this one.

    First: put it in a blender with half a peeled and seeded avocado. Use as a dip for fried asparagus or other fried veggies or use in a wrap.

    Second: mix in a tablespoon of roasted green chile and one of roasted red pepper for using with grilled steak tacos.

  10. says

    Mother Nature really did need some Midol! Or maybe some of the chicken and the ranch dressing…that should keep her in the spring mood.


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