Homemade Ranch Dressing
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Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Today, I’m sharing my homemade ranch dressing recipe with you. It’s a really popular salad dressing in Utah, and pretty much everywhere else these days. Our family uses this creamy dressing on salads, we dip pizza in it, and even drizzle it over quesadillas.

You may have heard the term Hidden Valley Ranch, yep, that’s where our love for Ranch Dressing started. I don’t care for most store-bought salad dressings, so I knew I had to find a way to make our family’s favorite dressing from scratch.

I love using freshly cut herbs in my recipes, but I use dried ones as well. Mark and I never want to be out of the ingredients we need in our pantry. We make one fresh pint of this dressing every single week. Yes, we love it more than any other one. My motto has always been fresh is best, and this recipe is best when fresh.

This recipe is creamy from the mayonnaise, it has a little tang from the buttermilk, and just the right amount of herbs and seasoning to make everyone love it.

In case you missed this post, How to Make Buttermilk. You may have missed this one as well, Homemade Worcestershire Sauce. It’s all about being self-reliant. Don’t you just love making things from scratch using items you already have on hand? It makes you feel confident you can make it through tough times, including emergencies.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Step One

Gather the ingredients so you can prep those items that need chopping. Here’s the deal, you can use fresh or dried herbs.

Fresh or Dried Herbs

Step Two

Prep the herbs, if you decide to use fresh ones. I used an Herb Mincer to help cut them smaller. I used a Garlic Roller and Garlic Mincer for the garlic. My house smells so good!

Mince the Fresh Herbs

Step Three

Combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Step Four

Mix thoroughly and then add the spices and herbs.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Step Five

Whisk or use a blender to mix it through.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Finished Product

This will keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight jar in your refrigerator. This recipe is great for salads or dipping veggies.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups (makes approx. 1-1/2 cups)
Author: Linda Loosli
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives or 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced or 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  1. Gather the ingredients so you can prep those items that need chopping. Grab a bowl and combine the ingredients in order. You can use your blender or whisk until smooth and creamy. This will keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight jar in your refrigerator. This recipe is great for salads, or dipping veggies.

Why does Ranch Salad Dressing taste better at restaurants?

It’s because the restaurants may order “bottled” ranch dressing, but then add fresh ingredients like buttermilk, fresh sour cream, and fresh herbs. Fresh is always best, right?

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What ranch dressing does McDonald’s use?

They use Newman’s ranch and many other versions of his salad dressings as well.

Why is ranch dressing so good with pizza?

My family dips their pizza in this ranch dressing. The dressing cuts the grease from the cheese and pepperoni before that next bite. It has a little tang that will wake up your taste buds before that next bite of yummy cheese.

Who started putting ranch on pizza?

Back in 1980, Adrie Groeneweg was experimenting with pizza recipes in his parent’s kitchen and came up with the idea of putting ranch on a pizza.

When did ranch and pizza become a thing?

I quote, Wikipedia, “During the 1980s, ranch became a common snack food flavor, starting with Cool Ranch Doritos in 1987, and Hidden Valley Ranch Wavy Lay’s in 1994. During the 1990s, Hidden Valley had three kid-oriented variations of ranch dressing: pizza, nacho cheese, and taco flavors.”

Who invented buttermilk dressing?

In 1949 a plumber-turned-cowboy named Steve Henson was cooking for his co-workers while working in Alaska. He kept perfecting his buttermilk dressing recipe until he found the taste everyone loved.

Can I use sour cream in this recipe?

Yes, you can substitute sour cream for buttermilk in the recipe.

What foods are good for dipping in ranch?

Can I use fat-free mayonnaise?

Yes, you can use it and save on some calories! It may have a slightly different flavor with fewer sweeteners.

Final Word

This is one more recipe to teach our kids and grandkids to cook from scratch. Yes, we can teach this well-needed skill! Keep prepping and stocking. May God Bless this world, Linda

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  1. 5 stars
    Hey Linda! I use Ranch dressing with jalapeño poppers and mozzarella sticks. I love it on a baked potato, too. Ranch is good with everything. LOL

  2. 5 stars
    I am not a ranch dressing person. I am like my father. What I like I like and don’t try anything new on me. At 71 I am set in my ways and after being married 51 years I know my husband is the same. When we were first married I made spaghetti for 4 weeks in a row he had his mom, Grandmother and Aunt send me some recipes from home. It was a problem because I was from Ohio and he was from the hills of Tennessee. Jacks dressing of choice is oil and vinegar. He puts olive oil on his salad and then adds some vinegar. He does not like mixed dressings.

    1. Hi Jackie, thank you for the 5 stars, my sweet friend. I love vinegar and oil with salt and pepper! Yum! We have fry sauce in Utah as well as Ranch dressing! It’s all good, Linda

  3. 5 stars
    Now if I could figure out how to make the dry version we’d be cooking with gas! I hate spending the amount they want for a envelope, but I need it to make Mississippi pot roast…YUMMMMMMM

    1. Hi Hazel, thank you for the 5 stars, my friend!!! oh my gosh, I just Googled “Mississippi pot roast”! Oh my gosh, I need to make that! Stay tuned, I will put together a jar of ranch ingredients (excluding the mayo and buttermilk, Worcestershire sauce). Thank you!!! Linda

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