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Make Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing with just a few simple ingredients. It’s creamy, flavorful, fresh and perfect on salad, as a dip or in many other recipes!

homemade ranch dressing in a glass jar with parsley and chives

If you’re looking for simple homemade ranch dressing recipe without buttermilk, you’re going to love this one! Made with just a few fresh ingredients, it’ll rock your world — or at least, your salad!

We’re a family of serious ranch lovers — I’m talking about using it for way more than just the usual salad dressing. We use it as a dip for veggies, pizza, chips and chicken nuggets.  I also add it to some of our favorite dinners, like Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta, Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken  and Mississippi Chuck Roast.

Honestly, my kiddos would drink it if they could! Since we use ranch more than any other salad dressing, I started making my own — it’s super easy to make your own salad dressing, and you’ll never want the bottled kind again!

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dip and Dressing

Like I said, this version of ranch dressing is made without buttermilk and uses fresh parsley and chives. If you’re not in the mood for chopping, I also have a quick and easy homemade buttermilk ranch dressing recipe that uses dried herbs.

Start out by chopping up the fresh chives and parsley. Try to get the pieces as small as you can.

knife chopping chives for ranch dressing

Next, add the fresh herbs to a bowl, along with mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Then, mix it until everything is well blended. And that’s all there is to making your own homemade salad dressing!

ingredients to make homemade ranch in glass mixing bowl

To thin the dressing, add enough milk until it reaches your desired consistency. I prefer a thinner dressing, so I add almost a quarter cup. But, you can start out with a tablespoon or 2, and go from there.

To make ranch dip, leave the milk out. It’ll thicken up in the fridge.

spoon dipping into jar of homemade ranch dressing

How Long Does Homemade Ranch Dressing Last?

It should keep in the fridge for up to a week. Ours is gone way before that, though!

What’s a Substitute for Chives

You can use chopped onions or green onions. You can also use dried minced onions or dried chives.

homemade ranch dressing in glass jar with parsley and chives

Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

5 from 8 votes

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing

By: Dee
Make Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing with just a few simple ingredients. It's creamy, flavorful, fresh and perfect on salad, as a dip or in many other recipes!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20


  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • milk enough to thin dressing to desired consistency
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  • Add the mayo and sour cream to a mixing bowl
  • Stir in the parsley, chives, garlic powder, sea salt and pepper, and mix until well blended
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk or more, and mix to desired consistency
  • Keep refrigerated


To use as a dip or a thick dressing, do not add milk. 


Calories: 69kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 87mg, Potassium: 12mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
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  1. Chloe says:

    This tastes exactly like ranch, it’s unbelievable! I used a scallion instead of chives. So good!5 stars

  2. James says:

    The best ranch ever! And no additives!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      True! Thanks so much, James.

  3. Des says:

    I love the fresh ingredients that you incorporated into this dressing. It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to make it.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Aw, Thank you so much, Des!

  4. Kathy says:

    I love it when I can toss out the jarred store-bought stuff and make something just as good at home.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Exactly. Homemade is so much better!

  5. Taylor says:

    My absolute favorite salad dressing! So delicious!5 stars

  6. Kimberly says:

    Homemade is always best, this looks so good!

    1. Dee says:

      Definitely! Thanks so much. : )

  7. Catalina says:

    Love how easy this dressing is to make! A must try!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      It’s a super easy recipe. 🙂

  8. Chrissie Baker says:

    I’ve always wanted to make homemade ranch dressing! Now I really want to!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      I hope you get a chance to. It’s definitely worth it 🙂