Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing




Introduction: Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing

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In this Instructable, I will show you how to make ranch dressing from scratch. This easy homemade ranch dressing is so yummy and full of fresh ingredients. If you like putting ranch on your salads, baked potatoes, dipping veggies in it, etc. Give this recipe a try! If I can do it, you can do it. Let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial, or do both!

Step 1: Ingredients and Tools/Equipment


  • 1/2 cup of sour cream (120g)
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise (115g)
  • 1/2 cup of buttermilk (112g)
  • 2 Tbsp of chopped fresh or dry parsley (8g)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp of chopped fresh green onion or chives (5g)
  • 2 Tsp of chopped fresh dill (2g)
  • 1 tsp of garlic powder (4g)
  • 1/2 tsp of onion powder (2g)
  • 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar (2ml)
  • 1/2 tsp of salt (2g)
  • 1/8 tsp of black pepper (less than 1g)
  • 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice (5ml)


  • Medium bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spatula
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

Step 2: Mix Mix Mix

Add the sour cream, mayo, and buttermilk to a medium bowl and give it a good mix with a fork, whisk, or spatula.

You can use homemade sour cream and homemade buttermilk too if you want. Normal whole milk can be used instead of buttermilk. But the buttermilk adds more flavor.

And honestly, could be done if you wanted with just those three ingredients, however, all the extra herbs and spices are what really make it shine.

Step 3: Fresh Is Best!

Now add in your fresh chopped herbs. Although you can use dried versions of these ingredients, I love using fresh.

Add the fresh parsley, fresh dill, and fresh green onion. Chives are very common to use as well instead of green onion.

Give it a good mix.

Step 4: Spices and Such

Time for the spices. Whisk or mix in the garlic powder, onion powder, and apple cider vinegar. Give it a taste, then add in some salt and pepper.

Squeeze a bit of lemon juice in as well and mix that in. Give it another taste and add any additional spices and ingredients according to your taste.

Step 5: Finished Ranch Dressing

And there you go, homemade ranch dressing. There are several ingredients, fill free to leave some out, add more of one and less of another, etc. But I would start with the basic equal parts sour cream, mayo, and buttermilk.

Serve on salads, baked potatoes, dip fresh veggies in it, whatever you want to use the ranch for. Maybe you like dipping your chicken wings in it?


Print the homemade ranch dressing recipe here.

Step 6: Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action with this video tutorial.

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    Question 2 months ago on Step 4

    Hi Matt, do you mean apple cider vinegar here? Looks yummy!

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    Answer 2 months ago

    Hello, yes, it is listed in the ingredients list in step 1. And thank you!


    Reply 2 months ago

    New to your site, will really enjoy the AF recipes! Thank you!


    2 months ago on Step 1

    Matt! You're making me fat (no rhyme intended) with your wonderful, easy recipes! Love it!