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The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you’ll never go back to store-bought again!

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you'll never go back to store-bought again! | FiveHeartHome.com

I’m apparently in a salad mood lately, seeing as how I shared Carrot Apple Slaw earlier this week and today I’m bringing you this creamy, flavorful Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. I’ve coined it “the best” because…well, I honestly think it is, y’all. As in, I could drink it straight out of the jar, no lettuce required. As in, my kids have scarfed down giant, veggie-loaded salads with nary a complaint every day this week. As in, ranch salad dressing and I go waaaay back…and I’ve never had better.

When I was a kid, my mom always made “homemade” ranch dressing using those (not homemade) Hidden Valley packets. In college, I was introduced to glorious Hidden Valley Ranch goodness in a bottle, and my roommates and I always had a jumbo jug in the fridge. We didn’t keep it on hand for salads, mind you…instead we dipped our pizza in it. πŸ˜‰

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you'll never go back to store-bought again! | FiveHeartHome.com

But once I had kids and began to pay more attention to the quality of food that I was feeding my family, I started religiously reading labels. And consequently, I was aghast to discover some not-so-natural ingredients in my beloved Hidden Valley! I tried other varieties of all-natural or organic ranch dressing, but they all tasted terrible to me. SoΒ if I couldn’t have the “authentic” ranch taste that had been training my taste buds for so many years, I begrudgingly decided that I would just go without ranch altogether.

And then one day, it occurred to me that maybe it would be a worthwhile experiment to attempt my own from-scratch ranch salad dressing, in hopes of recapturing my ranch-loving days of yore. And you know what? The dressing I whipped out was surprisingly good. So I just kept on adjusting and tweaking my recipe until I arrived at a Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing that honestly puts HV to shame!

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you'll never go back to store-bought again! | FiveHeartHome.com I don’t like to taste the mayonnaise in my ranch dressing (which is the problem I have with most of the non-Hidden Valley bottled ranch dressings out there), but I find mayonnaise to be a necessary component. However, by using equal parts mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk, the flavor is balanced and the consistency is perfect for salad dressing. Just keep in mind that if you want to keep your dressing “real food” quality, you need to pay attention to the ingredients in the mayonnaise that you buy. If you’re feeling really gung-ho, you can even make it from scratch. But there are some store-bought jars with decent ingredients, so just be sure to read the label.

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you'll never go back to store-bought again! | FiveHeartHome.com When I have fresh herbs, I love to use them in my ranch, but dried herbs work just fine as well. For this particular batch, my mom had brought me a big bunch of fresh parsley, so I happily stirred it into my dressing. But I didn’t have fresh dill on hand, so I used dried. I think this dressing is perfect using parsley and dill as its only herbs, but feel free to toss in your favorites and experiment with the flavors. Chives add a nice little bite if you’re into onions (which I am vehemently not), or you can even add a bit of basil or cilantro for a totally different twist.

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you'll never go back to store-bought again! | FiveHeartHome.com And while I loooooove fresh garlic, I find that it has a tendency to overpower this dressing. So I use garlic powder instead, as well as a splash of apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, and the resulting flavors complement one another beautifully.

I really hope y’all give this Homemade Buttermilk Ranch a try! It’s soooo simple to make, and absolutely delicious. The most time-intensive step is chopping the herbs, if you’re using fresh. Other than that, it’s just a matter of measuring, whisking, and then remaining patient enough to wait as the dressing chills and the flavors meld in the fridge.

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you'll never go back to store-bought again! | FiveHeartHome.com Oh, and if you like Ranch Dip, adapting this recipe is as simple as leaving out the buttermilk and adding extra mayo and sour cream in its place. I can assure you that your carrot sticks will never be so happy.

So if you’re a fan of ranch, I encourage you to make this recipe STAT! It’ll have your family and friends begging for more, it’ll make you crave salad for breakfast, and it’ll infiltrate your dreams. Because the best recipes always do that, right?! πŸ˜‰

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you'll never go back to store-bought again! | FiveHeartHome.com

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is all-natural, loaded with herbs, simple to make, and so good that you'll never go back to store-bought again!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup good-quality mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons fresh minced parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried parsley)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh minced dill (or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk until smooth. Stir in parsley, dill, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Blend well and adjust seasonings, to taste. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. If consistency is too thick, thin out dressing with a splash of additional buttermilk.

Notes

If you don't have any buttermilk on hand, you can make your own by pouring 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice (or white vinegar) into a 1-cup liquid measuring cup. Fill the measuring cup up to the 1/2-cup line with milk (whole milk is preferred but low-fat/skim milk will work). Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before proceeding with recipe.

To make Ranch Dip (instead of dressing), use a total of 3/4 cup mayonnaise, 3/4 cup sour cream, and eliminate the buttermilk.

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  1. I was scrolling through the linkup this morning and caught your post. I’m a ranch nut and I used to love Hidden Valley but it just feels kind of “canned” to me now and I don’t really like what they put in it. I’m going to give yours a shot! The idea of using mayo + sour cream + buttermilk sounds just about perfect. I think that is what my homemade attempts have been missing!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Oh, I hope you love it, Mirlandra! Fingers crossed that the mayo/sour cream/buttermilk combo tastes perfectly “ranch-y” to you… πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Yum! This Ranch looks amazing, Samantha. I love Ranch dressing, but it’s really hard to find a good-quality Ranch that doesn’t taste like it has lots of fake stuff in it. I’m so excited that I can make my own now!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Erin…hope you love it! πŸ™‚ Homemade is worth it when it tastes so much better and doesn’t have all of the icky ingredients, right? πŸ˜‰

  3. Oh yeh! My fav dressing…especially homemade. Looks so tasty. Thanks for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Isn’t ranch dressing the BEST, Marsha?! We just ran out and I’m itching to make this again! Thanks for hosting WP each week…can’t wait to stop by on Friday! πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a wonderful week… πŸ™‚

  4. GaleMarie says:

    I made this dressing the other day and my daughter who is 36 years old found it when she was visiting and fell instantly in love with it as did I. She is a big ranch dressing lover but like you she hates all the fake stuff that they put into bottled dressing. She is committed to feeding her precious daughter only homemade everything like she had while growing up and this recipe is one we will keep and make forever. Thanks for sharing. Will be trying your creamy vinaigrette next.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Your comment made my night, GaleMarie…I’m so happy to hear that you and your daughter both loved this ranch dressing! I try to feed my kids homemade as much as possible, too, so there are lots of other recipes along those lines on the blog! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know that this dressing was a hit with your crew, and I hope that your week is going well!

  5. the dressing was terrific! Thanks so much! Bottled dressing is the worst, no matter how much they dress it up. Homemade is the only way to go and your Ranch recipe is aaawwwwwsome!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you, Dave! I’m with you on bottled dressing…homemade is better in every way. πŸ™‚ Very happy you enjoyed this one so much!

  6. Linda Taylor says:

    Made this dressing today and it was delicious!! I’m sure this will be a summer favourite with the family. I just wondered though how long it would keep refrigerated? Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi, Linda…so happy to hear that you enjoyed this dressing! When I make it, it honestly never lasts longer than a couple of days before it’s all gone. πŸ™‚ But due to the ingredients, I think a week is probably the longest that I would expect it to keep in the fridge. It could also depend on the expiration date of the ingredients (like the sour cream and buttermilk) that you use. Hope that helps…have a great rest of December!

  7. Kenneth says:

    I would think that the brand of mayo you use can impact the flavor tremendously. What brand do you like to use?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Kenneth! I apologize for my delayed reply, but that’s a great question. I have always been somewhat of a mayonnaise snob and, for years, I would only buy Hellman’s because I thought it had the best flavor. However, lately I’ve been buying whatever brand of organic mayonnaise that I can find. I don’t care for the flavor as much on a sandwich, but I’ve found that in a recipe like Ranch dressing, the mayo flavor becomes much more subdued once the dressing have been allowed to sit for several hours (preferably overnight). I actually don’t like Ranch dressing that tastes like mayonnaise at all, so I always make this dressing well ahead of time. By the time it’s served, the ingredients have melded and the mayonnaise flavor is not detectable…it just takes like Ranch. So I think the brand of mayo used in this recipe is less important than allowing enough time for the flavors to blend. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

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