This Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is super easy. Simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry or fridge. Fresh dressings are so much better (and healthier) than bottled or jarred store-bought dressings.

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Perfect Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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A lot of my recipes come from a spur of the moment craving.

I can’t remember when exactly, but one day I decided I wanted ranch dressing for a salad and I didn’t have any in the fridge.

So, like many of us (you included, that’s how you got here 😉 ) I hopped on to my favorite cooking tool — Google — and looked up recipes for homemade ranch dressing.

I tried about 4 different recipes. Some were too thick, others too sweet or just bland.

homemade buttermilk ranch dressing in a jar

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After much trial and error, this is the recipe that I created. It combines a lot of ingredients that you probably have in your pantry and fridge already. It’s creamy, tangy, full of flavor and EASY to make.

Use good ingredients! You won’t be sorry. Splurge for the good ingredients. It seems like common sense but it’s not. In an effort to pinch pennies sometimes we sacrifice flavor and quality and it will definitely show in the final result. Use real buttermilk (no buttermilk substitutes!). Use good mayo. Here in Virginia, we have Dukes and I love it.

Check it out here on Amazon.

I’m also not a fan of anything fat-free. You are only using a couple of tablespoons on your salad, not the whole batch so don’t skimp on flavor and texture for a few calories. That’s just my preference.

I’ll be adding lower fat and fat free recipes later. For now, enjoy the decadence of this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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  • Author: Vine + Plate
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cup 1x


Easy and delicious Buttermilk Ranch dressing that is perfect as a salad dressing or dipping sauce. Enjoy!


  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ½ tablespoons of dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl or jar and let refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  2. To turn this into a dip — reduce the buttermilk to ¼ cup and increase the sour cream to ¾ cup and add a pinch of sugar.
  3. This goes perfect with my Roasted Potato and Rotisserie Chicken Salad.


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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Condiments
  • Cuisine: American
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