Homemade Ranch Dressing

homemade ranch dressing in cup with radishes

Homemade ranch dressing is simple to whip up and tastes lighter and fresher than anything in a bottle. Use it as a salad dressing, or a dip for crisp veggies!

homemade ranch dressing in a jar with radishes

homemade ranch dressing makes (almost) everything better!

Go ahead, try to think of something you wouldn’t want to dip into a jar of freshly made homemade ranch ~ not easy, is it? Just about everything from baby spring radishes to crispy chicken nuggets benefit from a dunk or two. I’ll show you how to make an easy ranch dressing with a few fresh herbs, some garlic, and a squeeze of lemon. No wonder it’s everybody’s favorite, it’s SO good!

Ranch dressing is famous for getting kids to eat their veggies, and this homemade version will do the same for adults, too!

dipping a spoon into a jar of homemade ranch dressing

the ingredients

Ranch dressing is famously irresistible, and yet it’s made with just a few common ingredients. I suspect it has something to do with the combination of the fresh garlic with all those creamy elements.

  • buttermilk ~ cultured buttermilk is thick and tangy, yet low in fat. Find it in the refrigerated section of your supermarket, near the regular milk. Many people don’t realize that buttermilk is actually very healthy. It cuts the richness of the sour cream and mayo.
  • sour cream ~ adds more tang and that creaminess that only a cream product can give.
  • mayonnaise ~ grounds so many dressings and dips. It gets a bad rap but actually this classic French sauce is simply a wholesome blend of oil and egg. Make your own mayonnaise and see!
  • garlic
  • fresh lemon
  • fresh parsley, chives, and dill
  • salt and pepper
ingredients for homemade ranch dressing

the best way to blend ranch dressing

My choice is a small food processor. You can also use a hand held immersion blender, or a regular blender. This helps to mince those herbs really fine so the flavors can meld together. You can do it by hand, but it requires a lot of very fine chopping.

how to use homemade ranch dressing

This versatile recipe can be used as a dip or a dressing.

homemade ranch dressing in cup with radishes
5 from 6 votes

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade ranch dressing is simple to whip up and tastes lighter and fresher than anything in a bottle. Use it as a salad dressing, or a dip for crisp veggies!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 1.5 cups
Calories 45kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 1 Tbsp snipped chives
  • 1 Tbsp snipped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp snipped dill
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


  • Put everything into a small food processor, a blender, and blend until smooth. You can use an immersion blender if you prefer. Once everything is smooth you can taste to adjust the amount of lemon, or salt and pepper.
  • Store the dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.


Serving: 1Tbsp | Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 37mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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    April 23, 2022 at 3:27 pm

    Sue, we loooove ranch dressing and I often use a package (no not that one) of dried ingredients which are organic. Here’s my dilemma because you’ve sent this deliciousness I want it now but I have only these ingredients plain kefir, plain Greek yogurt and mayonnaise (we always have best foods) I have fresh garden herbs. Would my wet ingredients work. I don’t feel
    Like a market run ! Everything you post is 5 stars!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      April 23, 2022 at 3:48 pm

      It’s definitely worth a shot Donnamarie ~ try it! You’re just missing the richness of the sour cream, but your recipe would be a bit healthier.

  • Reply
    April 23, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Hello, if a person wanted to use garlic powder and dried herbs, do you have a conversion for that please? Thank you!

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      Sue Moran
      April 23, 2022 at 10:05 am

      I would go to taste. Just blend up the base ingredients and then stir in your dried garlic and herbs, using as much or as little as you like. You might start with 1/2 tsp each and go from there.

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