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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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This buttermilk ranch dressing is cool, creamy, and garlicky. Serve it over a green salad or use it as a dip for crudités or chips.

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Gourmet is probably not the word that comes to mind when you think of ranch dressing, but homemade is nothing like the mass-produced bottled stuff on the grocery store shelves. This buttermilk version is my favorite. It’s cool, creamy, tangy, garlicky and, honestly, good enough to eat straight with a spoon. Try it over a crisp green salad or as a dip for crudités, potato chips, or chicken wings.


To make it, simply combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.


And whisk to blend.


That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!


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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

This buttermilk ranch dressing is cool, creamy, and garlicky. Serve it over a green salad or use it as a dip for crudités or chips.

Servings: Makes about 1⅓ cups


  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's or Duke's
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (see note)
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons dried dill
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Few dashes Tabasco sauce, optional


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Chill until ready to serve.
  2. Note: The dressing will keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The garlic flavor gets stronger the longer it sits, so you might want to cut back if you're planning on making it in advance. The dressing will thicken up to more of a dip consistency as it chills.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 69
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Sodium: 225mg
  • Cholesterol: 9mg

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Gluten-Free Adaptable Note

To the best of my knowledge, all of the ingredients used in this recipe are gluten-free or widely available in gluten-free versions. There is hidden gluten in many foods; if you're following a gluten-free diet or cooking for someone with gluten allergies, always read the labels of your ingredients to verify that they are gluten-free.

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  • Jenn,

    How much fresh dill would you substitute for the dried?

    • — Kerrie on May 26, 2023
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    • Hi Kerrie, I would us a heaping tablespoon.

      • — Jenn on May 27, 2023
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  • This recipe is what started me following “once upon a chef” years ago. I’ve made 30+ recipes from the site, own both cook books, and have never made a recipe from here that wasn’t absolutely delicious! This dressing literally improves anything you put it on. It has a 100% rating that anytime I bring the dressing anywhere, I will be guaranteed to share the recipe and your site with people. This is also sooo soooo good for dunking pizza crust into it.

    • — Ginger on May 25, 2023
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  • Homemade dressings are easy to make and delicious. This one will be a repeat. Only took a few minutes to make, longest part was walking out to the garden to pick chives.

    • — Kathy on May 19, 2023
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  • Have made several times. I love garlic- but agree that if made in advance sometimes my enthusiasm for adding a lot of garlic overpowers the dressing. I have found that if I pour off a bit ( to save for later) and add more mayo and sour cream , the flavors are still delicious and more mellow. This recipe is requested by many! Also- favorite salad to accompany: variety of lettuces, including endive, romaine, or just the good organic lettuce blend in the clamshell; celery sliced very thinly; frozen baby peas defrosted; nitrate free bacon cooked and chopped; grape tomatoes sliced in halves; maybe some chopped chives in the salad. Serve w blue cheese crumbles on the side. Thanks Jen for an AMAZING recipe for an easy and delicious salad dressing!

    • — LVorys on May 7, 2023
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  • Absolutely delicious! I substituted fresh garlic with garlic powder and fresh chives with dried.

    • — Laura on May 4, 2023
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  • By far THE best recipe, ever. I’ve made many versions. Agree on go lighter on garlic if you plan to use over a few days. I made my own buttermilk since I didn’t have any. I also cut up green onion/scallion, chive like, because I didn’t have chives. Just plain deliciousness!

    • — Annette on March 11, 2023
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  • I love, love, love this dressing.

    • — Cynthia on March 10, 2023
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  • This was so easy to make and has none of the hateful 8 oils. As an added bonus it tastes far better than anything you will ever buy in the store.

    • — Jim Freeman on February 22, 2023
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  • Simple yet excellent recipe! My advice is to make it the day before. It allows all the flavors to come alive! Amazing recipe and I found it easily ? just had to hit recipe at the top of the page ?

    • — John T on January 16, 2023
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  • Can I use jarred minced garlic instead of fresh? I know the equivalent (1/2 tsp is one clove).
    And could I replace fresh chines with freeze dried ones ?

    • — Sharon on December 26, 2022
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    • Sure, Sharon, you can get away with both of those tweaks. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 27, 2022
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  • Delicious and so easy to make.. Made this for Christmas and everyone loved it..

    • — Alisha on December 26, 2022
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  • This is so delicious, I’ve been making different variations all summer since finding your recipe, always subbing in fat free Greek yogurt for sour cream and omitting lemon juice and tabasco. When I haven’t had chives on hand I’ve subbed in green onion, today I tried a tiny bit of onion powder. I keep making half batches at a time ’cause I’ll snork the whole thing down myself with a bag of veggies! Thank you sooooo much!

    • — Christina on September 7, 2022
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  • Hi! How long will this keep for? Thank you!

    • — Josie on September 6, 2022
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    • Hi Josie, It will keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. The garlic flavor gets stronger the longer it sits, so you might want to cut back if you’re planning on making it in advance. The dressing will thicken up to more of a dip consistency as it chills. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 6, 2022
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  • This was so delicious. Be aware that the flavors need time to meld so make it ahead of time. It tasted okay when freshly made. Once hour later it was even better. The next day it was fantastic. So I really say make this a day ahead of time to let that garlic and dill flavor develop. Perfect recipe for me. Thank you!

    • — Kathryn Barnes on August 24, 2022
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  • Hi Jen,
    Was wondering how the “Tested and Perfected” recipes differ from the ones that are not labeled as such? Thanks.

    • — Diane on August 22, 2022
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    • Hi Diane, Have I not labeled some of them as “tested and perfected?” If that’s the case, that was inadvertent as they are all tested (and perfected). 🙂

      • — Jenn on August 22, 2022
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    • Oops. You are right–all recipes are labled as such. Some of the labels blended in with the picture and were not as visible. Thanks. Love your recipes!

      • — Diane on August 24, 2022
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  • Where are the ingredients listed?? This site is overrun by commercial pop up’s. Don’t understand how this recipe got such high ratings on this site.

    • — Legit on August 18, 2022
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    • It sounds like you are just looking at the portion of the page that has the pictures with some instructions underneath. If you scroll down a bit to under the pictures, you’ll find the full recipe. Alternatively, at the very top of the page, to the right of the recipe name, you’ll see an orange/red button that says Jump to Recipe – if you click on that, it will take you directly to the recipe. Hope that clarifies!

      • — Jenn on August 20, 2022
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    • You scrolled right past them to get to the comments, so…

      • — BJM on September 1, 2022
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      • lol

        • — Jim Freeman on February 22, 2023
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    • Funny when people can’t find it, it’s always the authors fault or the website, but never their computer skills ?

      • — John T on January 16, 2023
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  • Much too runny. Even lessened buttermilk but too thin for a dip and just runs off the lettuce. Tastes great though!

    • — John Thompson on July 2, 2022
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    • This gets thicker with age. Day 1 was thin. Day 2 was great. Day 3 you could stand a fork up in it. Patience, grasshopper!

      • — Kathryn Barnes on August 24, 2022
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  • I love all of Jenn’s recipes, this is my go-to site. Made this tonight with steak au poivre and onion rings. My husband is still raving about the salad dressing. Thank you.

    • — Mary Ward on June 4, 2022
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  • Been making this recipe for a couple of years now and always do it exactly as written on this website; happy to report it’s a standard in our home and a fan favorite for the family and friends that have had it!

    • — Mike on April 7, 2022
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  • Before I make this……is the dill weed or seed????? Someone mentioned fresh dill competing with the dressing????
    I have lots of fresh

    • — Jackie Greenough on March 1, 2022
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    • Hi Jackie, the recipe calls for dried dill. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on March 2, 2022
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    • I added a dash more lemon juice, and a bit of water to thin; mine was quite thick. I love the flavors! Served with a grilled lemon chicken breast and summery Romaine/garden tomato/grilled croutons salad. SO good!

      • — Maria on August 26, 2022
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  • I just made this and it is so flavorful and easy! I bet it will be even better in a few hours when it is time for dinner!

    • — Meredith Johnson on February 27, 2022
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  • I’m interested in using this recipe long-term, but I need to verify what consistency this dressing is. Is it thick or thin? I’m hoping you will say on the thicker side, as I’m not a fan of super thin dressings. Thank you. 🙂

    • — Elizabeth on January 29, 2022
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    • Hi Elizabeth, It’s thin enough to be able to drizzle it on a salad. If you’d like it thicker, replace the buttermilk with more sour cream. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 31, 2022
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  • Made this dressing today and it is wonderful! It was easy to make, visually appealing and so good!

    A friend gave me your Irish Cream Tirimisu recipe and that has become my “Special” dessert dish. Thanks so much.

    • — Denise B on January 24, 2022
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