Better than Bottled Ranch Dressing

Happy New Year!

I hope the holidays treated you right and 2017 is going well so far. I know that for my part, the holidays were awesome. Especially the food. Especially the cookies.

Now, I’m not a big New Year’s resolution person, but I do like the idea of using the calendar change to check and adjust some things, diet included. Mostly, after periods of time when I eat a lot of unhealthy foods, I find myself craving vegetables. I’m not going to stop eating cheeseburgers or anything, just more salads.

Better than Bottled Ranch Dressing

The key to great salad is great dressing, and the king of all dressings, in my opinion, is ranch. I mean, come on, I live in the land of people who put ranch dressing on their pizza. Enter this Better than Bottled Ranch Dressing.

You’re probably thinking, “but you can just buy salad dressing at the grocery store, can’t you?” And yes, you certainly could. Don’t though. For a few reasons:

  1. Salad dressing is so so easy to make,
  2. Homemade salad dressing is much tastier than store bought,
  3. You can customize your homemade salad dressing to your specific tastes.

Ranch dressing

This recipe could not be simpler. There is no actual cooking involved. The only chopping you have to do is the herbs, so no worrying about perfect uniform strips or cubes. And once you get good at it, you can you just eyeball the ingredients and leave the measuring cups in the drawer. It’s also super easy to scale up or down the amount you want to make. I just stir all the ingredients in a big measuring cup so I don’t mess up a bowl and then pour it in a  to store it. I find it’s best if you leave it in the fridge for a couple hours before you use it, it becomes more flavorful.

This Better than Bottled Ranch Dressing recipe below is just my base recipe, the one I use most often for salads, but you can do anything to it. If you want a thicker more dippy consistency, use less buttermilk. Want a killer taco salad dressing? Add a chipotle pepper and some lime juice. Really dig avocados? Throw in a mashed one. Add extra hot sauce for a buffalo ranch dressing.

My point is, the possibilities are endless.

This dressing will keep in the refrigerator for about a week. You’ll most likely have leftover buttermilk, so just pour it in an ice cube tray and freeze it for next time. Don’t worry if you don’t have parsley or dill or chives, it’s ok, it will still be good with just one or two of them. I just wouldn’t make the dressing with no herbs nor would I make it with dried herbs.

Better than Bottled Ranch Dressing

If you make this Better than Bottled Ranch Dressing let me know in the comments! I’d really love to know how you customize it for yourself!

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Better than Bottled Ranch Dressing
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Easy, customizable ranch dressing.
Recipe type: Salad
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dill, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 or 3 dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to let flavors intensify.
  3. Serve on salad or as a dip.


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  1. This was tasty thickened up as a veggie dip. I can’t wait to make it as a salad dressing. I like that I can add salt to taste, leaving me the option to sprinkle it on my salad instead of in the dressing. The leading brand of ranch dry mix has 135mg sodium per 1/2 teaspoon and a bunch of stuff I can’t pronounce or spell!

    1. Thanks! Let me know how it turns out as a dressing. I made in into a quick blue cheese dressing for a sandwich I will post soon! You’ll have to check it out!

  2. It looks delicious! I’ll have to try it because I totally had just bought a packet of “rAnch” but definitely homemade is best. I’ll let you know how the family and kiddos like it. Thanks!

    1. I do! I’m actually going to post a recipe soon that uses this ranch with crumbled blue cheese. You could also use some lime juice and a chopped up chipotle pepper and make a spicy chipotle ranch. It’s incredibly versatile!

  3. Hello my name is fresh-dairy-phobic! Well maybe i’m less afraid of fresh dairy and more afraid of when it’s not fresh anymore… Either way–how long will this be good for? Is this a make it and eat it in 1-3 days or can i keep it around for a couple of weeks?

    1. In my experience, it’s good for about a week. After that it gets a bit funky. I also suggest halving the recipe. The leftover buttermilk and chopped up herbs can easily be frozen though!

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