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
    I have made this several times and it is delicious…especially on the 2nd and 3rd day after the flavors blend. I add a splash of lemon juice and adjust the buttermilk as needed. For dip…just a couple of tablespoons and for dressing, I add a bit more.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, i think there is a mistake in this recipe…you do not need 3/4 cup of milk or buttermilk. Maybe a spoonful but that’s about it. Other than that THIS IS DELICIOUS!! I LOVE IT AND IT IS A KEEPER THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  3. I just made this the first time today. I am an American living in Eastern Europe missing Ranch Dressing. I doubled up and made twice as much for a large group and everyone loved it. Much better flavor than store bought. Will defintely make it often.

  4. 4 stars
    I started with half cup milk and way too runny. Suggest 1/4 cup or less to start with. So then I had to double tge recipe to make it thicker

    1. Agree! I did the full 3/4 cup and it was ridiculously runny. So had to throw in way more mayo and sour cream so now I have sooo much ranch. Good thing it tastes good!

  5. Wow… Why did I ever buy store-bought ranch dressing? This was easy and delicious and didn’t have that fake chemical taste. Thank you for a great addition to my salads!

  6. 5 stars
    Best Ranch Dip/Dressing recipe! Simple and seasonings already in the cupboard. I needed a dip for veggies so I left out the buttermilk completely so it would be thick for dipping. Perfect!

  7. Didn’t like the sour cream taste in it. More like for chips and dip. I just used a cup of mayo instead. Makes good salad “dressing”, which is what’s in the name.