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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is cool, creamy and super easy to make with mayo, sour cream and a few other ingredients. Perfect for salads or dipping!

homemade buttermilk ranch dressing in a jar with raw veggies

This easy homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is made with mayo, buttermilk and sour cream, plus herbs and spices. It also has Italian seasoning for an extra flavor boost. Once you start making your own homemade salad dressing, you won’t want to go back to store bought stuff!

We usually try to buy organic dressing, but that can get expensive, especially when you consider the amount that we go through. Since we almost always have the ingredients on hand to make homemade ranch, this is much cheaper. Plus, it’s so easy too and really tastes so much better than what you buy in the store!

It’s funny how the kids gobble up the veggies if they can dip them in dressing. I know my little guy would pour ranch over just about anything if I let him — he absolutely loves the stuff! Personally, I’ve always been more of a vinaigrette fan, and I usually pass up the ranch, unless it’s homemade. Then, I do what the kiddos do and dig right in!

My buttermilk ranch dressing is slightly different from other homemade ranch dressing recipes or the Hidden Valley buttermilk ranch dressing recipe because I add Italian seasoning. You can always leave this out for a more traditional ranch dressing flavor. But since it’s something we always have around, I end up adding to so many different recipes.

We use this buttermilk ranch dressing on salads and as a dip for veggies, pizza crusts, fries — pretty much everything! I also add it to my Mississippi roast and chicken bacon ranch pasta. It also goes well as a dressing for sandwiches and wraps.

What’s the difference between ranch and buttermilk ranch?

The original ranch dressing recipe used buttermilk, but you really don’t need it to get that awesome ranch dressing flavor. In fact, I often use regular milk when I make my usual ranch and just add less of it.

How to make homemade buttermilk ranch dressing

Start out by mixing mayonnaise and sour cream together in a bowl. Then, stir in some chopped fresh parsley.You can transfer the dressing to a jar later, but it’s much easier to mix in a bowl!

mix fresh parsley with sour cream and mayo for ranch dressing

Next, add dried onions, garlic, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Mix it up until everything is well blended.

mix sour cream and mayo in bowl to make ranch dressing

Then add the buttermilk. You can add more to make it thinner or leave it as is for a thicker ranch dressing. You can also adjust the amount of seasonings to fit your own tastes.

Personally, I like a thinner dressing, so I end up adding more buttermilk before serving.  The Hubs likes it thicker, so he takes his before I add the extra buttermilk. It’s all about compromise!

How long does homemade buttermilk ranch dressing last?

It should last 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

homemade buttermilk dressing in a jar

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

By: Dee
Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is cool, creamy and super easy to make with mayo, sour cream and a few other ingredients. Perfect for salads or dipping!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon dried garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup buttermilk plus more if desired
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  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the mayo and sour cream
  • Stir in the fresh parsley, then add the onions, Italian seasoning, garlic, sea salt and pepper
  • Stir in the buttermilk until well blended, and add more for thinner dressing. Can also adjust seasonings to taste. Keep in covered container, and refrigerate until ready to serve


Calories: 118kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 149mg, Potassium: 32mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 100IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 23mg, 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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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

Recipe has been updated from original date of July 2015. I hope you enjoy this homemade buttermilk ranch dressing as much as we do!

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  1. Miz Helen says:

    I love homemade dressings and this looks like a great recipe. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Dee M says:

    I still can't believe how easy homemade dressing is, and it really tastes so much better than storebought. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  3. Dee M says:

    I hope you like it as much as we do, Rue. 🙂

  4. Dee M says:

    I just love it, Michele. It's so easy too! 🙂

  5. At Rivercrest Cottage says:

    I have been looking for an easy ranch recipe. In a pinch, I just add buttermilk to a good quality ranch dressing from the cold section of the store, but this is almost as easy. Thanks!

  6. Rue says:

    I'm been looking for a great buttermilk ranch recipe. Thanks, Dee! 🙂

  7. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says:

    YUM I am so going to try this recipe- it's my favorite for sure! Thank you, Dee!!