Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

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If you love ranch dressing and have been looking for an alternative to store-bought ranch, this easy homemade ranch dressing will make your taste buds sing!

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and just known by the flavor of it, that they made their own ranch dressing? There is something about the freshness of it, especially with the right balance of dill – I love lots of dill! Don’t like as much dill? With this recipe, you can tweak it to meet your discerning taste buds.

homemade ranch dressing dripping off a spoon into a bowl

This recipe is a Dined and Dashed Level 1 recipe, which means it takes 15 minutes or less to prepare and the cooking process couldn’t be easier.

Homemade dressings are not hard to make, and they usually end up tasting much better than the bottled stuff. Not to mention homemade ranch won’t contain questionable ingredients. The best flavor of homemade ranch dressing is the one you make yourself! Once you make your own ranch dressing, you will never go back.

For the full recipe with exact quantities and detailed instructions, scroll down to the recipe card below.

What you need to make homemade ranch dressing

Many homemade ranch dressing recipes call for buttermilk as a key ingredient. This recipe uses heavy cream as a buttermilk substitute (with vinegar for the tang), some recipes may use plain Greek yogurt. There are quite a few ways to make homemade ranch dressing, it’s a matter of taste, and whether or not you want to make a run to the grocery store to get what you need.

This simple recipe uses basic ingredients you may already have at home and tastes way better than the store-bought version.

I used dried herbs for this recipe but it would be even better with fresh herbs like fresh parsley, fresh garlic, fresh chives, and fresh dill. The recipe is great with the dried herbs but will have even more fresh flavor with fresh herbs instead of dried ones. Experiment with different quantities to make the recipe your own, it’s unlikely you can mess it up if you start with the basic recipe and tweak from there.

I recommend using full-fat dairy products for this recipe. You can use lower-fat versions but it will impact the creamy consistency and may not quite taste as good.

  • mayo
  • sour cream
  • heavy whipping cream
  • white vinegar
  • dried dill weed
  • dried parsley
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • black pepper

Some recipes call for lemon juice instead of vinegar, they are essentially interchangeable. They are responsible for the tangy taste of the dressing. If you want more tang, add more lemon juice or vinegar.

ingredients for homemade ranch dressing in a white bowl

How to make homemade ranch dressing

I’m kind of embarrassed to have ever bought the store-bought stuff considering how easy this homemade ranch recipe is to make. It is so simple, you will save money and it tastes way much better.

To make this recipe you simply combine everything together in a bowl, transfer it to an airtight container, and refrigerate until you are ready to use it. 

You can use your homemade ranch dressing in the traditional way as a ranch salad dressing, but you can also use it as a ranch dip for carrot sticks or other fresh vegetables. It also works great as a dipping sauce for chicken wings, french fries, or chicken nuggets.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

If you love ranch dressing and have been looking for an alternative to store-bought ranch, this easy homemade ranch dressing will make your taste buds sing!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 100 kcal


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl
  • Pour into a salad dressing container or leave in the bowl
  • Cover
  • Refrigerate until ready to use


The nutritional data provided here is only an estimate and is provided for information only. Verification using your own nutritional calculator is required to ensure accuracy. 


Serving: 1.5tbspCalories: 100kcalCarbohydrates: 0.84gProtein: 0.47gFat: 10.65g
Keyword cheesy dip, DILL, DRESSING

This recipe would go great with our slow cooker balsamic chicken and/or roasted mini potatoes.

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If you are looking for the best ranch dressing or the perfect dip for veggies or chicken wings, look no further than this creamy ranch recipe. It is a delicious homemade ranch dressing made with simple ingredients that you may even be tempted to eat with a spoon. Go ahead and do it, I did and I have no regrets.

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