Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Ranch Dressing is the perfect blend of creamy, tangy, and herby flavors. It’s also SO easy to make from scratch, right in your own kitchen. Store-bought ranch often contains preservatives and artificial flavors, while making it yourself not only assures that you know what’s in it but also lets you tweak the flavors to suit your palate. The versatility of this dressing is also impressive! It complements a range of foods, from the classic salad and chicken wings and less traditional pairings like pizza and even some seafood! So if you’re tired of the same old ketchup and mayo, let’s elevate your dipping game with this homemade Ranch Dressing.

Why You’ll Love Ranch Dressing

  • Customizable Flavors: One of the best aspects of making your own ranch dressing is the ability to customize it. Like it tangier? Add a bit more milk. Prefer it more herby? Sprinkle in some extra parsley or dill. The control is in your hands, allowing you to make the dressing that suits your individual taste preferences.
  • Cost-Effective: Making ranch at home can be a cost-effective alternative to constantly buying bottles at the store. Most of the ingredients are pantry staples, and you can make a large batch to store, reducing the frequency of purchasing pre-made versions.
  • Kid-Friendly: Children often have particular eating habits, and this dressing can be a great way to encourage them to eat their veggies. Since it’s a hit with most kids, you can serve it as a dip for a crudité platter and watch those vegetables disappear.
  • Meal Prep Friendly: This ranch dressing is ideal for meal prep. Make it over the weekend, and you’ll have a ready-to-use dressing for various meals throughout the week, saving you time in the long run.
  • Suitable for Various Diets: By using gluten-free and low-fat options for ingredients, you can adapt this recipe to fit different dietary needs without sacrificing flavor.

What You Need To Make Ranch Dressing

  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Food processor or blender

Ingredients You Need To Make Ranch Dressing

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • Milk
  • Parsley
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Dill
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper

How To Make Ranch Dressing

  1. Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Let sit for 30 minutes before enjoying.

Commonly Asked Questions

Is it mandatory to let the dressing sit for 30 minutes?

No, but allowing it to sit helps the flavors meld together, making it taste even better.

Can I freeze this ranch dressing?

It’s not recommended to freeze dairy-based dressings as it can alter the texture.

What if I don’t have sour cream?

You can substitute it with Greek yogurt, although it will slightly alter the taste.

Is it possible to make a vegan version of this ranch dressing?

Yes, you can use vegan mayo and plant-based milk to make a vegan-friendly version.

Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing is the perfect blend of creamy, tangy, and herby flavors. It's also SO easy to make from scratch, right in your own kitchen.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Refrigerator Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 large batch


  • Measuring cups/spoons
  • Food processor or blender


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper


  • Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Let sit for 30 minutes before enjoying.
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Having a reliable Ranch Dressing recipe in your cooking repertoire is a game-changer. You’re no longer limited to what you find on the store shelves. This homemade version offers you the flexibility to create a dressing that perfectly suits your palate and dietary needs. The ease and speed of preparation make it a fantastic choice for both weekday meals and special occasions. Make it once, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start making homemade Ranch Dressing sooner.

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