Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing is the absolute best, super flavorful ranch dressing made from scratch!  Learn how simple it is to make your own ranch at home!

homemade ranch dressing

We are undeniably a bunch of ranch dressing freaks in my house!  Of course, the common thing to do is put it on a salad, but, I can’t lie, we even eat it with PIZZA!  Bottled ranch is fine, and I don’t mind it one bit. But, homemade is always better when it comes down to flavor.  The best thing is, this ranch is made with ingredients I always have on hand and only takes a few minutes to whisk up.  I like keeping this dressing on hand so that I can put out a veggie tray to go along with dinner too, the quickest side dish ever!

How To make Homemade Ranch Dressing:

I’ve done a couple of process shots for this recipe so that you can see the starting point, the texture in between, plus the end result.  I like to use mayonnaise and sour cream for this recipe.  You can use Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream if you prefer.

seasonings for ranch dressing

You will want to whisk together your mayonnaise, sour cream, and seasonings until well combined.  You will see that at this point you have a very thick mixture.  This is a starting point for you to make the dressing as thick or thin as you prefer.  If you want a nice thick dip, you can add less buttermilk, if you like your dressing quite thin for your salads, simply add more!

how to make ranch dressing

I start with 3/4 Cup of Buttermilk for this recipe.  If you know you want a thick dip-like consistency, start with 1/2 cup and work your way up from there.  Note that you can also use regular milk for this dressing.  I would recommend using whole milk for the creamiest texture.

ranch dressing in a bowl

At this point, taste your dressing and then add in any extra seasoning to taste.  You can serve this right away, but, it has the best flavor after it has been chilled for a couple of hours.  This ranch dressing can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.

ranch dressing and salad



5 from 197 votes

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing is the absolute best, super flavorful ranch dressing made from scratch!  Learn how simple it is to make your own ranch at home!
Prep 5 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total 5 minutes
Servings 1 Cup



  • In a medium sized bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, and all of the seasonings.
  • Whisk in the buttermilk or milk until smooth.
  • Serve this dressing immediately, or for best flavor chill for 2 hours before serving.



NOTE:  This dip can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is on point and absolutely delicious! I used 1/4 cup of milk (1/2 buttermilk, 1/2 whole milk) and it was perfect for mixing in the pasta salad I made for a party. The consistency was perfect for a dip or salad dressing. I plan to make the dressing again tonight to use on top of our salad. Thank you for the recipe! My husband and I really enjoyed it!