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 in a jar with writing

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.

Fresh Herbs and Real Buttermilk

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!

The Perfect Dip

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 & Dip with a spoon
5 from 16 votes
Review Recipe

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 16
Author Holly Nilsson
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip is delicious and fresh-tasting! It's made with a simple base of mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, & a variety of seasonings & fresh herbs.


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • cup mayonnaise (I use low fat)
  • cup sour cream (I use low fat)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt & pepper (each)

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  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes

Reduce buttermilk to ¾ cup to make ranch dip. Keeps 1 week in the fridge.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 92, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 83mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 0.1mg

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

Keyword Buttermilk Ranch Dip, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe, how to make Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Course Dip, Dressing
Cuisine American

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

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  1. Everything I have tried that you do is incredible. This is awesome, will never buy ranch in a jar again. What do I do if I don’t happen to have fresh herbs. If dried?5 stars

    1. 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). Enjoy!

  2. I used fat free greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and low fat Hellman’s. I also substituted fresh oregano for the dill. Since I’m on a low salt diet I left that out. Delish, cheap, and much better & cheaper than anything bottled.

  3. This BLT pasta salad recipe and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe is such a hit at all my summer get togethers – everybody wants the recipe! So so good!5 stars

  4. I love this recipe it was so good. I have a question could you please tell me about the little pitcher jar shown in recipe picture? I noticed there is something written on the jar but I can’t make it out, could you please tell me what it says so I could try to find one like it ? Your help is appreciated.

    1. I wish I could locate this jar, I get emails about it frequently! I purchased it many years ago from H&M home and they no longer have it. The embossing the jar says “100 lbs Net, Stock No.1”

      Unfortunately there is no other information on the jar to identify.

  5. This dressing was amazing!! I love that I was able to substitute lactose free milk and sour cream so everyone was able to enjoy it.

  6. How can I make this so it’s not so “herby” texture wise. I know the herbs make the classic ranch flavor but I don’t like the weedy feel of the dill in my mouth. I have used dried dill and run it through a spice grinder but it still feels weedy. Any suggestion?

    1. I don’t like the dill and just skip it. Still tastes awesome. I’ve actually made ranch with just dried italian seasoning and salt and pepper and it was still soooooo much better than any bottled version I’ve ever had

  7. Thank you so much for this ranch dressing recipe! As you mentioned, store bought brands have MSG etc so I haven’t been able to enjoy one of my faves for quite a while. I look forward to trying this out! :)

    1. Missing out on a favorite is no fun Charles! Let us know if it satisfies that craving when you try it out!

  8. So easy and so delicious! I made the thicker version to use as a dip for fresh vegetables. We all loved it. Thanks for a great recipe!5 stars