Restaurant-Style Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

This is the ULTIMATE restaurant-style Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe that my family and friends go absolutely nuts over! We love this easy homemade ranch!

Restaurant-Style Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

In all my years of blogging (like 11+ eek!) I’ve been testing and retesting in hopes of finding “the one” – the ranch dressing recipe that is every bit as good as my favorite restaurants and can be whisked together effortlessly at home.

Well folks, it only took a bajillion years but I DID IT!!!

My friends and family went positively bonkers over it and honestly it’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to make anything but ranch for my salads and veggie trays now.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing with Salad

Restaurant-Style Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

Some of the ingredients can be played around with to suit your tastes but there are a few that are absolutely essential for the most glorious homemade ranch dressing.

Buttermilk – Sour Cream – Mayo <— these ingredients in the measurements below are *KEY* for the base of this dressing. Use full-fat for best results, trust me.

The dressing is so flavorful you will actually use less, so don’t skimp on using the good stuff when it comes to the above ingredients. Pinky promise?

What you CAN play with are the herbs. Depending on what I have handy I’ll either use fresh chives, dried chives, fresh scallions, or a combination of dried/fresh.

When it comes to the dill, season to taste. You can make the dressing super dilly or with just a kiss of dill. I typically grab dried dill bc I always have that handy but fresh is great too!

Homemade Restaurant-Style Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

This is the ULTIMATE restaurant-style Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe that my family and friends go absolutely nuts over! We love this easy homemade ranch!

Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Keyword Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 95 kcal
Author Jenn Laughlin – Peas and Crayons

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cloves garlic (garlic flavor will amp up next day)
  • 2/3-3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup quality mayonnaise
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped chives or scallions
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp hot sauce (like Frank's Red Hot or Crystal)
  • Extras – dried parsley or even dried chives in place is fresh… it’s great both ways!

Instructions

  1. Chop herbs and peel, smash, and mince garlic (or use a garlic press).

  2. Combine in a medium bowl and whisk well. Taste and adjust spices to taste if needed.

  3. The dressing will thicken the next day. May be thinned the following day if desired/needed.

  4. The flavor of the garlic and herbs is even more prounounced the following day (I love it both freshly made and pulled from the fridge – so good!) and dressing will thicken in consistency after chilling.

  5. If it’s too too garlicky the next day you can dilute it with more buttermilk/sour cream as desired. (I honeslty love when the garlic flavors is stronger so I don't) Dressing may be thinned the following day if desired/needed with a little extra buttermilk. Adjust spices/herbs to taste and enjoy! Dressing will keep approx. 4 days in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge.

Recipe Notes

Some of the ingredients can be played around with to suit your tastes but there are a few that are absolutely essential for the most glorious restaurant-style ranch dressing. Buttermilk – Sour Cream – Mayo <— these ingredients in the measurements above are *KEY* for the base of this dressing. For best results use full-fat, trust me.

I try to have fresh chives or scallion tops on hand for this recipe b/c I love having the fresh herbs in there. When I don’t dried herbs still make for a tasty dressing!

Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Recipe yields approx. 1 + 1/2 cups dressing and servings are calculated at 3 TBSP dressing per serving.  Adjust as needed and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 296mg13%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 206IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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If you get a chance to try this homemade buttermilk ranch dressing, let me know!

Leave some love in the comment form below or tag your photos with @peasandcrayons on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creation. I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

Need a larger jar of Ranch Dressing?

I’ve got you! Here are the doubled measurements. I always make this much in a 32 oz mason jar when family are in town since we go through it crazy fast as a dressing and a dip!

  • 1.5 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1 tsp dried dill, plus extra to taste
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh chives or scallion greens (or 1/4 cup dried chives)
  • A few dashes of hot sauce (doooo it!)

Combine in a large bowl and whisk well. Adjust herbs and seasoning to taste. Pour into a large mason jar and secure with a lid. Enjoy right away or store in refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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  • Jen

    5 stars
    Fabulous recipe! I made it twice – once with the accidental omission of hot sauce and once with the hot sauce. Both versions were fantastic! The dressing is incredibly versatile – we used it on both veggies and chips. <3!

    • So happy to hear you loved it both ways! Thanks Jen! OMG and now I want to try it on chips!

  • Kelly

    5 stars
    So, so good! By far, the best ranch dressing.

  • Kay

    5 stars
    Sooo much better than any store bought ranch that I have ever tried! You’ll want to pour it on everything.

    • It’s super hard not to literally put it on everything haha! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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