Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip

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Ranch Dressing is a go-to around here!

It is perfect served with anything from salad to carrot sticks or even for dipping pizza crusts. The tanginess and creamy flavors of ranch pair perfectly with just about anything you can think of. We can’t get enough of it!

Buttermilk ranch dressing and dip! Once you make this homemade, you'll never buy ranch dressing again! Not only is it easy, it's SO delicious!

Light Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip…  This is a delicious and fresh tasting dressing.  I literally could eat this like yogurt it is so good!  I often have to stop my  9-year-old from eating it with a spoon!


We go through a lot of this stuff in our house!  My kids like to use it for dipping everything from veggies to pizza crust. Traditional store bought ranch dressing has MSG and a lot of other ingredients that I can neither spell nor pronounce! Making it homemade is definitely a healthier alternative than purchasing it at the store.

This version of Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is filled with fresh herbs and real buttermilk making for an amazing dressing! The best part is that it is relatively light when you use reduced fat products, so you can enjoy it guilt-free!

If you can, fresh herbs taste best but if you don’t have them, you can use dried in a pinch (cut the quantity in half).  I think I’ve made this recipe about 100 times… it’s kind of a staple around here!

This recipe goes perfectly with a ton of dishes! My favorite way to serve it is as a side dish for chicken wings. It’s the perfect dip! It also goes great on salads, pizza, with veggies, the options are endless!

I’ve also taken this basic recipe and created an easy dry Ranch Dressing Mix version!  The dry version is perfect for recipes calling for a packet of Ranch Dressing Mix.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Light Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip…  This is a delicious and fresh tasting Ranch Dressing.  I literally could eat this like yogurt it is that good!  My 9-year-old eats this with a spoon!!

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  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise (I use low fat)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream (I use low fat)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper


  1. Mix all ingredients and let sit at least 30 minutes before serving.
  2. Reduce buttermilk to 3/4c to make ranch dip.
  3. Keeps 1 week in the fridge.


Nutritional values were calculated using low fat buttermilk, light sour cream and light mayonnaise.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 20 servings, Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 31 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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This recipe originally appeared on SpendWithPennies.com in Dec 2012.  Photos updated August 2015. 

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

29 comments on “Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip”

  1. This sounds so much better than what you buy in a bottle! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. My daughter loves ranch dressing. Now I can make it homemade for her. Already pinned to keep. Thanks for sharing.

  3. My kids eat ranch on EVERYTHING!!! from chicken nuggets to pizza and everything in between, we have been trying to eat healthier and I have been trying to make more things from scratch so that I know what my family is consuming, I cannot wait to try this recipe!!! Thank yo uso much for sharing it!

  4. i just love when i can whip something up easy and taste so yummy, and loving this, always looking for great ideas and Thanks for another one ;)

  5. No mention of buttermilk in the ingredient list…

  6. This looks really tasty, and I’d like to try it. I do have one question, though. The instructions refer to buttermilk, but there is no buttermilk in the recipe. Am I missing something? Thanks!

  7. I was just about to go looking for a recipe for this! THANKS!! :)

  8. We eat ranch on everything! This is a great recipe..pinned :)

  9. My son dips everything in ranch. I like the idea of making my own, pinned! I found you over on Miz Helen’s Country Cottage linky party.

  10. Your Buttermilk Dressing looks delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Yum! We have recently been making homemade dressings, so I need to try this. Thanks for sharing at PInworthy Projects.

  12. Can i use a substitute for buttermilk? Or how do i make home made butter milk?

    • I have used a buttermilk substitute in baking, but never in this dressing recipe. Take a 1 cup measuring cup, and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the cup. Fill it to the top with milk. Stir and let sit 5 minutes. The result is thick and tangy…

      I cannot guarantee this will work in this recipe as I have never tried it. If you do try it, I’d love to hear how it works for you!

  13. you can freeze the leftover buttermilk. in fact freeze it in one cup containers and then you will have enough for 3 more recipes.

  14. I like to add a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce and a little El Yucateco chipotle hot sauce and also cut the dill weed in half. Yummy.

  15. Can you us regular milk instead of buttermilk? Also if you do, what percentage?

  16. Can you let us know where you got the salad dressing jar?

  17. I don’t like mayo can I add more sour cream in place of it?

  18. Lighten it up more replacing sour cream with greek yogurt. More protein too.

  19. Very disappointing. I reduced the buttermilk as instructed, but it came out really liquidy. I would leave the buttermilk out entirely to get something resembling a dip consistency.

    • The buttermilk adds a nice tangy flavor. Did you use light or low fat products? If you’d like to thicken up the batch you’ve already made, you can add a little bit extra sour cream and mayonnaise.

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