The only thing better than restaurant style ranch dressing is Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing! It is so dreamy creamy and the recipe is ridiculously easy. I will show you just how to make it! Get ready for the best salad of your life!

buttermilk ranch dressing

The other day at dinner, Truman was slurping up his noodles rather loudly. I asked him to pipe down a bit, and he immediately pointed his finger at me, eyes wide, and yelled, “STUPEFY!!!” I laughed so hard I didn’t even have the energy to send him to a time out. Also maybe I was just a little bit too proud to care. Harry Potter references are a get-out-of-jail-free card in my house, apparently.

buttermilk ranch

It is actually so fun to see my kids get into Harry Potter. I was 11 when I read the first book, and 19 when the last one was published. But my kids are reading them way younger (Truman is 7) and reading a fantasy book at this age is way different than reading it as a teen. My sister told me that her daughters all play “Whomping Willow” together, and my kids routinely incorporate Dementors into their make believe playing. How fun is that? One of the best things about being a parent is seeing your kids grow to love the same things you love.

buttermilk ranch dressing recipe

How is everyone’s summer starting out?? We are STILL doing school at home. Our district has the weirdest schedule. We have a week to go before summer officially starts. Wish us luck!! I was not born to homeschool!

The Best Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

We have been having a next-level heat wave here in Sacramento this week, and all I want to eat is salad and ice cream. Mostly ice cream, but I’m going for balance, you know, ha.

buttermilk ranch recipe

I have been making this buttermilk ranch dressing on repeat lately, so I thought I would share the recipe with you! Ranch is everybody’s favorite salad dressing, right? At least it is here in my house. It’s just so creamy and delicious, on basically any salad ever!

How to make Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

This ranch dressing is super easy to make. It will take you 5 minutes to throw it together.

fresh herbs in homemade buttermilk ranch dressing

You have the choice to use fresh herbs if you want a REALLY delicious ranch dressing, or you can go the all-dried-herbs route which is still super good. After all, that’s what the store-bought ranch that you are used to is made of! I totally prefer using fresh herbs, because hello flavor! (Fresh dill is one of God’s greatest gifts) But really dried herbs are still going to get you a great salad dressing.

how to make buttermilk ranch dressing with dried herbs

Once you put together all the ingredients and get it nice and whisked, let it marinate in the fridge for about an hour. This will give all the flavors time to marry and get really cozy together! But honestly if you don’t have the time to wait, it’s okay. It’s still going to taste amazing!

buttermilk ranch dressing in a bowl with fresh vegetables

Then get out all the veggies and feast! You will not believe how many vegetables your kids will eat if you give them this ranch dressing!

Buttermilk Ranch recipe substitutions

I like the recipe just as it is written, but there are a few easy changes you can make if you don’t have everything.

Buttermilk ranch recipe with spoon dipping in bowl

First up: buttermilk. I know it’s not a common household ingredient (I only buy it when I need it for something specific) and in this recipe you can replace it with whole milk, or even regular 1 or 2% milk (although it won’t be as creamy). If you use milk, increase the amount of lemon juice you add to the recipe to get some of that tang in there that you lost from not using buttermilk.

homemade buttermilk ranch dressing recipe overhead of bowl

Garlic. If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can omit it and increase the garlic powder to 3/4 or 1 teaspoon.

Fresh herbs. I wrote the recipe to include fresh herbs because they really do make for the BEST ranch dressing. But I get it: they are expensive. You could buy a few bottles of store bought ranch dressing for what it would take you to buy the herbs for one batch of this ranch. (Because of course you can’t buy 1 teaspoon of chives, you have to buy the whole bunch!)

buttermilk ranch dressing recipe with bowl of ranch and veggies

What do you love to dip in ranch? I did a post of 10 Easy Holiday Appetizers a while back, all of which are so good dipped in ranch. Veggies, salads, quesadillas, fried chicken, pizza (you know it), these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. It’s all so good!

I made this ranch specifically to go on top of a new salad recipe that I will be posting later this week! Stay tuned!

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

The only thing better than restaurant style ranch dressing is Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing! It is so dreamy creamy and the recipe is ridiculously easy. I will show you just how to make it! Get ready for the best salad of your life!


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced*
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, minced*
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives, minced*


  • Add all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until combined! Taste it and see if you want to add any more salt. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving, to give the flavors a chance to marry. Or don't. It will still taste great!
  • See notes about substitutions.


*The parsley, dill, and chives can be replaced with dried herbs. Use 2 teaspoons dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried dill, and 1/2 teaspoon dried chives. If you don't have fresh garlic you can increase the garlic powder to 3/4 or even 1 teaspoon. If you don't have buttermilk, you can use whole milk instead; increase the lemon juice to 1 and 1/2 teaspoons. 


Serving: 1 g, Calories: 115 kcal, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 248 mg, Potassium: 32 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Vitamin A: 143 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 20 mg, Iron: 1 mg