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 in jar

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.

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing in glass jar
5 from 3 votes
Review Recipe

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 16
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip… This is a delicious and fresh-tasting dressing. Made with a simple base of mayo, sour cream and buttermilk and a variety of seasonings and fresh herbs.


  • 1 cup 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 fresh chives chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper (each)

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  • Mix all ingredients and let sit at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • Reduce buttermilk to 3/4c 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
Keyword Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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

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  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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

      1. I have now made this recipe twice. It’s truly delicious! Getting fresh chives in my part of the world is tricky at the moment, so I did substitute dried chives and used fresh parsley and dill. One of these days I’ll give it a try with all dried herbs. However, never again will I purchase commercial ranch dressing or dip. Never. Thanks so much, Holly.5 stars

  4. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. I got the little jar at H&M several years ago, it’s one of my favorites. Sadly, I don’t think they have them anymore.

  5. 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.

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

    1. 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!

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

  8. 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

  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. 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!

  11. 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 ;)

  12. 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!