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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing – Spend With Pennies


Buttermilk Ranch is made with just 3 base ingredients and a handful of seasonings and herbs. This is so good I could literally drink it!

It’s so much more than just a salad dressing, it can serve as a dip or a great all-purpose condiment to enhance vegetables, chicken wings, sandwiches, or even pizza crust!

jar full of Buttermilk Ranch Dressing & Dip

Honestly the Best Buttermilk Ranch Ever

  • This recipe is so versatile, ranch can be used as a dressing or a dip (add more or less buttermilk)!
  • A handful of simple ingredients are mixed together in a bowl, then it’s ready to enjoy!
  • Use fresh herbs or dry.
  • With under 100 calories per serving, this dressing can be enjoyed with so many foods!

Ingredients/Variations

BASE: Ranch dressing is made with a base of mayonnaise and sour cream, milk, or buttermilk is added to thin it out to the right consistency.

SEASONINGS: Onion powder and garlic powder are truly the ingredients that give ranch the flavor we look for.

FRESH HERBS: Fresh chives, parsley, & dill add the fresh herby flavor (and to be honest, I often add extra dill because it’s my favorite). You can substitute dried for fresh herbs if needed, use 1/3 the amount.

How to Make Ranch Dressing

It’s so quick & easy to make ranch dressing. With a few steps & minimal prep work, it will be ready in no time!

  1. Chop chives, dill, & parsley.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes before serving. The flavors will develop over time.

To make a dip, just reduce the amount of buttermilk to reach desired consistency.

How to Store Buttermilk Ranch

Ranch dressing can be stored in plastic containers, or in glass canning jars in the fridge. It’s not appropriate for the freezer because of all the dairy and mayo it contains. Plan to make it weekly to never be without one of the tastiest dressings ever!

It will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week. You’ll probably discover it gets even better after it’s been stored for a few days and the flavors develop!

How to Use

This dip pairs perfectly with so many things. Ranch dip is especially good with a raw veggie plate piled with broccoli and cauliflower florets, carrot and celery sticks, and cherry tomatoes. It also tastes great with potato chips, french fries, or corn chips. Ranch dressing on a wedge salad is amazing, and don’t forget the wings & pizza!

Must-Try Homemade Dressings

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is delicious and fresh! A simple base of mayo, sour cream, buttermilk, & a variety of seasonings & fresh herbs.


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Reduce buttermilk to ¾ cup to make ranch dip.
If using dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon of each (instead of 1 tablespoon).
Keeps 1 week in the fridge.

Calories: 92, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 11mg, Sodium: 83mg, Potassium: 36mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Vitamin C: 0.5mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 0.1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Buttermilk Ranch Dip, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing, Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe, how to make Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Course Dip, Dressing

Cuisine American

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This recipe originally appeared on SpendWithPennies.com in Dec 2012.  Photos updated August 2015. 





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