Homemade Ranch Dressing & Dip

by Marla on March 7, 2014 · 26 comments

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Happy Friday! I must keep things brief today. I just wanderlusted my way after over 24 hours of travel to Zermatt, Switzerland. Woo hoo!

Sooooo really simple it is….Homemade Ranch Dressing + Dip. This is great for all your salads & for dipping veggies too.

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Homemade salad dressing is the best! The flavors are very fresh, it is simple to prepare & very budget friendly.

Also, probably a great deal healthier than the ones you buy in the store.

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It would be great on my BLT Quinoa Salad recipe.

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To make it a dip you just add less buttermilk. It’s that easy.

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Have fun with the herbs & seasonings you add to your homemade ranch dressing.

I used cilantro in ours. The classic addition is parsley.

Homemade Ranch Dressing and Dip | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Enjoy your weekend & make some amazing salads with this dressing!

Homemade Ranch Dressing & Dip

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 1/2 cups dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing & Dip


  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups Light Buttermilk (shake the carton before using)
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise or Veganaise
  • 3 tablespoons Light Sour Cream
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped Fresh Cilantro or Parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Chives
  • 3 teaspoons Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder or 1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt


  • Shake all ingredients in a jar. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add more or less buttermilk depending on how thick you want your dressing/dip. Store in the refrigerator, stays freshest for 3 days.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa March 7, 2014 at 9:05 am

Very flavorful! That salad looks amazing.




2 Julie @ Table for Two March 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

You’re in Switzerland?! Gahh so jealous!! Have so much fun! I’ll be in a corner with this ranch dressing and some carrots! Haha


3 Marla March 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Yes! Sitting here at breakfast eating loads of cheese right now 😉 Skiing later. I’ll look for you with those veggies & ranch!! xo


4 Kevin @ Closet Cooking March 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

Love homemade dressings and ranch is a great one to have on hand!


5 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Love this! I made some homemade ranch for a BLT salad a month or so ago and I don’t think I’ll ever buy ranch again! Now I need to try yours! Pinned a few times already :)


6 Marla March 7, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Mmmmmm. I adore everything you just said Averie. I want that BLT for lunch today!!


7 Teawench March 7, 2014 at 7:22 pm

My husband LOVES ranch dressing for everything. I’ve been trying to find a homemade version without much luck because apparently tasteless = I don’t even know what. But given the good luck I’ve had with your other recipes, I’m betting this will be a winner. I’m so excited to try this!


8 Marla March 7, 2014 at 11:46 pm

I hope you and your hubs enjoy my Ranch recipe ~ feel free to adjust the ingredients as needed though. Play with the thickness & the seasonings as well :) Good luck!


9 Sommer @ASpicyPerspective March 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm

This will kick up any salad up a notch! Pinning!


10 Marla March 7, 2014 at 11:47 pm

Thank you so much Sommer!


11 Paula – bell’alimento March 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Kiddos live ranch and homemade is always best! Pinning


12 Marla March 8, 2014 at 11:41 pm

Thanks so much Paula! My kids too..good thing we can whip this up in minutes.


13 Lury March 8, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Dressing looks great and we all could do well eating a little more salad. That leaves more room for dessert!


14 Ashe March 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Hey Lury, I’m with you – more room for dessert without feeling guilty. I love ranch dressing, so this one will be made in our kitchen in the next week, once I get the ingredients.


15 Anna March 8, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Hi Marla,
I love the little pitcher! So cute. Would you mind sharing where you found it?


16 Marla March 8, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Thank you! It is handmade, I found it on Etsy a few years ago. Let me go back through purchases there later. Off on a Swiss hike now!


17 Anna March 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

Thank you for the reply, Marla! I raked my way through Etsy and was able to find it. Enjoy the hike!


18 Marla March 12, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Anna, thanks for doing the research ~ sorry I got caught up in the fun of Swiss! Hope you make some great purchases!


19 Mark @YeaDadsHome March 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

Definitely going to try this recipe. Sounds tasty, and it could help us get rid of a few of the store bought dressings that are hogging space in our refrigerator. We really need to clear those out. Thanks for sharing!


20 Marla March 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

Way to go Mark! I have to do the same from time to time too!


21 Judy March 9, 2014 at 5:24 pm

The 1/4 teaspoon paprika turned the dressing a pinkish color. Other than that, a good recipe. :)


22 Marla March 10, 2014 at 12:10 am

Hi Judy, it does a smidge. You can easily take the paprika out of the recipe. Glad you enjoyed regardless!


23 Jackie @ The Beeroness March 9, 2014 at 10:26 pm

Homemade Ranch AND Switzerland?!! You lucky girl 😉


24 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste March 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

Love, love, love this DIY version of my all-rime favorite dip and dressing, Marla! Thanks for sharing!


25 Jennie @themessybakerblog March 11, 2014 at 7:52 am

Homemade dressing is so much better than store-bought. This looks amazing.


26 Meredith March 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

Amazingly delicious!


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