Better than storebought, this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is tangy, creamy, delicious, and the perfect accompaniment to crudites, salads, and wings! The best part is it can be whipped up in 5 minutes!

Spoon drizzling ranch dressing into jar.

While I typically opt for homemade Italian dressing for salads, I recently discovered how much I love homemade buttermilk ranch dressing!

It’s a nice change from the usual and it simply crushes anything from a bottle.

I’ve been using it on everything but I especially love it on garlic parmesan wings!

Recipe Ingredients

All ingredients for this recipe are shown in the pic below and special notes are made in this bulleted list to assist you.

Ingredients shown: buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon, granulated garlic, onion powder, dried parsley, and dried dill.
  • Buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream. This combination provides the perfect tanginess and creamy texture.
  • Dried herbs. Dill and parsley give ranch dressing its unmistakable herb-flavor.
  • Garlic and onion powder. A must for ranch flavor!
  • Fresh chives (not pictured). For freshness and additional flavor.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to make it

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 6 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 3/4 cup of buttermilk, 3/4 cup of sour cream, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder, 1 teaspoon of dried dill, 1 teaspoon of dried parsley, and 2 tablespoons of minced fresh chives.
  2. If the buttermilk ranch dressing is too thick, add a splash of buttermilk to bring it to the desired consistency, then taste test and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve on top of salads or as a dip alongside vegetable crudites, chips, buffalo wings, or even pizza (as my friends in the Midwest like to do)! Enjoy!
Grey plate with bowl of ranch dressing and cut vegetables.

More homemade condiments

Dressings and dips are so much better when made at home. Here are a few I think you’ll love!

Hands dipping chicken wing into ranch dressing.

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
This creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is tangy, delicious, and loaded with great Ranch flavor. Serve it with salads, wings, and as a dip alongside vegetable crudites!


  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk plus extra to thin if required
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried drill
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives minced
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients. If the dressing is too thick, simply thin with a touch more buttermilk.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!


  • Dressing can be saved in the fridge for up to 7 days.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 9.9g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 268mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 7.4g | Calcium: 232mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Effie says:

    I haven’t made this yet but I’ve loved watching your videos and making other recipes of yours. I have a question on this dressing. Do you think it would work with Greek Yogurt and Mayo (skipping the buttermilk)? I’m guessing that it would need to be thinned out with some milk. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    1. Tara says:

      Hi Effie, you could certainly give it a try with the Greek yogurt although we haven’t tested it so can’t say for sure. If you don’t have buttermilk you can use regular milk with a little white vinegar, about 1 tablespoon per cup of milk.

  2. G. Millsap says:

    5 stars
    This is my husband’s favorite dressing now. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Chris Chenoweth says:

    5 stars
    Made it yesterday! It’s almost gone. Love your show and especially when you and your spouse chat and do the show together. Thanks. Lo