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Recipe For Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is a perfect creamy dressing for any combination of tossed greens. So easy to make and simple with ingredients, you'll never go back to store bought.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 154kcal


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk plus more if needed
  • 1 clove garlic minced or grated with a microplane zester
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives fresh, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill or 2-3 teaspoons fresh
  • sea or kosher salt and fresh pepper


  • 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.
  • I like to let this dressing sit in the refrigerator for about an hour so the flavors marry, but it's not a deal breaker if you don't.


TIP: use a microplane zester to grate garlic into the the dressing ingredients. This will help distribute that wonderful garlicky flavor. 
This is a thick texture dressing, that's best drizzled on a salad with a spoon. If you'd like a more pourable dressing, reduce the mayonnaise to 1/4 cup. You can also use a low fat sour cream which is a thinner product. Full fat sour cream is quite dense. Mexican Crema is a good substitute, it's thin but keeping that tangy flavor,
This dressing will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. And just as you can freeze buttermilk, you can most certainly freeze this dressing for up to 3 months.
The benefits of making homemade rather than a packet mix, is this dressing is naturally a gluten free salad dressing.
How to chop chives?  Just use sharp scissors or good kitchen shears to cut the pieces very small.
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Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 132mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 0.1mg