Ranch Dressing Recipe [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 4 reviews

Homemade Ranch Dressing tastes tangy and savory and pairs well with so many dishes! And this recipe will ensure that you make it fresh every time you need it!

If you like ranch flavor, then, you will enjoy these crack recipes: Chicken Baked Ziti, Chicken and Dumplings,  and Chicken Spaghetti Casserole. They are so addictive!

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing is versatile as you can incorporate it in just about anything. So, I always have it at home whenever cravings hit. But knowing this recipe is much better!

I don’t have to run to the store to buy one. I can easily whip this up using just a few basic ingredients that I already have.

And having it in my repertoire just offers a lot more flexibility in how I add flavors to dishes. And did I say that I love how it tastes? I just find it so creamy, tangy, and garlicky!

The herbs and fresh citrus flavor make it so refreshing. I don’t mind how the store-bought ones taste like, but this homemade version just takes the flavors a step higher!

Use it as a dip, incorporate in savory dishes, and use it in your favorite salads. Adjust the taste if you want more of a certain flavor, and that’s one advantage of being able to make this on your own.

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What is in ranch dressing?

  • base: mayonnaise, sour cream, milk, buttermilk
  • citrus: fresh lemon juice
  • aromatics: garlic, onion powder
  • herbs: fresh dill, parsley, and green onions as garnish
  • seasonings: salt, pepper

How to make ranch dressing?

All you need to do is mix everything in a bowl. Then, use it immediately or place it in an airtight container like a jar and refrigerate for later.

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Ways to use ranch dressing:

The classic way is to use it in salads. Use it in these recipes:

Or, use it as a spread in wraps or sandwiches or to add flavor in the following recipes:

This is also an incredible marinade for:

Dip these favorites in it:

Or, use it as an alternative ingredient in these recipes:

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Can you store ranch dressing?

Yes! You can store it in an airtight jar and refrigerate. Use it within the week.

But at home, it rarely lasts for a few days because we use it so often! Good thing, I can easily make another batch!

Can you freeze it?

Unfortunately, it is in my do-not-freeze list as it is mostly mayonnaise and dairy that do not thaw well. The curd tends to separate making the whole thing undesirable.

Remember that you can always easily make a new batch since this recipe is so easy. So, I recommend that you just do that and not freeze it.

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More delicious dressings:

Here are some of my recipes for homemade dressings that are equally tasty and easy to prepare! Try them out!

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Recipe Tips:

  • If you don’t have a lemon, you can use plain white vinegar just to add that tang you are looking for.
  • Add Dijon or dry mustard to add another dimension to the flavor profile.
  • Using whole milk makes it even creamier than just using regular milk.
  • While you can use it immediately, it tastes even better once chilled in the fridge for a few hours. This allows the flavors to meld together.
  • You can add it in scrambled eggs, combine in mashed potatoes, or top your pizza and baked potatoes with it! If you have more suggestions on how to use this versatile recipe, let me know in the comments below!

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5 from 4 reviews
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 12 servings as a dip
Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup  mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 cup  sour cream 
  • 1/3 cup  whole milk 
  • 1/4 cup  buttermilk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 2 tablespoons  fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon  fresh dill
  (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon  fresh parsley  (chopped)
  •  salt and ground black pepper  (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl, transfer to a jar, close and refrigerate.
  2. Serve as needed, if you want, garnish it with green onions or chives.

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Brianne

I love ranch. I put it on and in anything. I would love to try making my own!

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Sherry

I really have to try making my own ranch dressing. We use it for everything, especially as a veggie dip.

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Tara Pittman

My daughter loves ranch dressing. I will make this dressing for her

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Kita Bryant

Homemade ranch is so delicious. I love when it has a little bit of tang with it.

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Gervin Khan

This is one of my favorite dressing, I am happy that I can now make my homemade ranch dressing, thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

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Myrah Duque

Ranch dressing is my favorite. We not only use it on salads but also on crackers, nuggets, YOU NAME IT! Thanks for the recipe.

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Celebrate Woman Today

This is so good that I can make my own Ranch dressing from fresh ingredients. Saving it!

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Kait

Ahh! I'm so excited to try this! I have been looking for a simple ranch dressing recipe!

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