Homemade Ranch Dressing

This homemade ranch dressing is miles ahead of the store bought kind, with much greater flavor, and the advantage of being able to adjust the seasonings to your preferences.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

It’s an eternal truth of American cuisine that ranch dressing works well with just about anything, but it tends to work much better if it’s this homemade version. Sure, you can buy a seasoning packet from the supermarket, but then you can’t up the garlic if you’re a garlic fiend, or tone down the dill if you’re not such a big fan. The dried parsley in this recipe provide a nice, herbal base, with the other spices adding layers of flavor on top, and the combination of buttermilk and mayo makes it perfectly tangy. When you taste this recipe, you’ll understand what ranch is really supposed to taste like, and you might find it hard to go back.

Spices used in this recipe

Dill Weed
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Cayenne Pepper
Peppercorns, Black Tellicherry
Salt, Kosher




  1. Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl or container. Add more buttermilk as needed to thin to desired texture. Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow flavors to meld.
  2. Serve with crudites, chips, wings, on salad, with fries, with cold pizza, etc. Stir in a dollop of sour cream if you want to thicken it up to a more dip-like consistency.

Makes around ½ cup. Adapted from Power Vegetables.

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