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Homemade Ranch Dressing {or dipping sauce}

Making Homemade Ranch Dressing is far better than store-bought, and with this recipe you will never buy bottled dressing again!

ranch sauce in a wood bowl with a spoon

If you’d rather skip my essential cooking tips and tricks and get straight to this delicious recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

How often do you go to a restaurant and order ranch dressing for your salad, fries, pizza, or anything else; and the flavor and texture is just so much better than what you have in a bottle at home?

Chances are the answer is every time the restaurant is better, and one reason is that they make it in house and it is fresh and made from real ingredients.

Now you can make your own homemade ranch dressing and dip all the things in it and never wonder how they get it so good at your neighborhood grill again. Forget the Hidden Valley Ranch…

You will want to keep a jar in your fridge at all times, because it is perfect for burgers, chicken, salad, vegetables, and everything else!

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labeled picture of dressing ingredients

Homemade Ranch Sauce Ingredients

  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • chives
  • parsley
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • lemon juice

Mayo – I like to use Duke’s mayonnaise for this ranch dipping sauce but use your favorite!

Sour Cream – I prefer the full fat version because it is creamier, but feel free to use reduced fat or fat free!

Milk – Feel free to use almond milk, buttermilk, or your regular milk.

Herbs – This recipe calls for dried herbs from your pantry but feel free to use fresh herbs. If you choose to use fresh, double the amount.

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How to make ranch dressing from scratch

STEP ONE: Place mayo, sour cream, and milk in a blender or food processor. Add the spices.

STEP TWO: Blend until smooth. Adjust salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.

STEP THREE: Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

spoon of ranch sauce

Is ranch sauce and dressing the same thing?

Ranch Sauce vs Dressing is really about how you’re using it. I would call it a sauce if I am drizzling it on something like a burger or chicken sandwich or nachos. I would call it a dressing if it is going on a salad.

What gives ranch it’s flavor?

Ranch is a unique blend of spices and mixed with a creamy base to smooth it out. When you mix that little bit of citrus with these ingredients you get the “umami” flavor that just makes your mouth happy.

Is homemade ranch better for you than store bought?

Homemade ranch is fresh, made with real food ingredients, and is free of preservatives and fillers, so in my opinion it is much healthier than store bought dressing in a bottle.

I also like that you can choose the amount of fat by adjusting the types of dairy and fats in the mayonnaise that you choose to use in your dressing.

How long is it good for?

This homemade ranch will last for up to 1 week in the refrigerator if you don’t eat it all before then!

bowl of homemade ranch dressing

Take Two Tapas Ranch Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Use fresh herbs if you’d prefer, just double the amount.
  • Add in 1/2 teaspoon of dill if you like.
  • If you need to replace the mayo or sour cream, try using plain Greek yogurt.
  • Let sit for at least an hour for the flavors to combine.
  • Great for dipping fries, adding to a burger, or topping that yummy salad.
  • Replace the mayo, sour cream, and milk for your favorite vegan options if needed

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bowl with spoon of dressing with text "ranch dressing"

I have to know: what will you use this great recipe with? Are you a ranch on your pizza person? How about your tacos? Tell me in the comments all the foods you like to use ranch dressing/ sauce on!

Other condiments to try

Ranch Dressing Recipe

bowl of ranch dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Making Homemade Ranch Dressing is far better than store-bought, and with this recipe you will never buy bottled dressing again!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

    1. Place mayo, sour cream, and milk in a blender or food processor. Add the spices.
    2. Blend until smooth. Adjust salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste.
    3. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 254mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party. I can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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