Homemade Ranch Dressing is so easy to throw together and tastes amazing! It is perfect for dipping, cooking, salad and more.
A Recipe for Ranch Dressing You’ll Make Over and Over
Homemade ranch dressing always tastes fresh, creamy, and easy to customize with your favorite herbs. Everyone who makes this recipe loves it! Here’s what one Pinner said:
“First time making homemade ranch, and I needed a recipe on the fly – this absolutely delivered! This recipe is really a great base, and then you can add more seasonings as you want, and that’s awesome. Highly recommend it!”
Homemade Ranch Recipe ingredients
Just a few simple ingredients!! It really is so super easy to put together.
- Sour Cream
- Salt and pepper
- Enough milk to make it the consistency you like.
How to make Homemade Ranch Dressing
The easiest way to make this ranch dressing (and any salad dressing) is in a jar. I add all the ingredients to a jar and just shake them all up. It’s fast and easy and if you have a mason jar pouring spout (affiliate), you can serve it or use it right out of the jar. Genius and so easy!
What?! I know, so easy. Why haven’t you been making creamy homemade ranch dip more often?! PS: Want that awesome Mason Jar Pouring Spout?? Click here!!
How to Make Homemade Ranch Thicker
The base for homemade ranch is made from sour cream and mayonnaise, which is then thinned out by milk. Add the milk slowly so that the ranch stays as thick as you’d like. If you do thin it out too much, add a bit more sour cream and mayonnaise.
Best Homemade Ranch uses
The options are endless!! I love to put this on salad, of course, but it’s also fantastic for dipping fresh vegetables, chicken tenders, and even pizza.
I also love to serve it with my oven BBQ chicken, use it when making bacon ranch pizzas, and substitute it for the gorgonzola dressing on my steak salad with it if I have people who aren’t fans of stinky cheese.
How long does Ranch Dressing last?
This is a super common question! Since ranch dressing is made of dairy products, you’ll want to use it before the earliest “best by” date found on them.
Usually, this is the milk, but always double check and write the date on the container the homemade ranch dressing is kept in.
How to Make Homemade Ranch FAQs
Ranch dressing got its name from Hidden Valley Ranch, a steakhouse in California where it was believed to be invented.
The first ranch dressing that was sold was packets of dry ingredients to mix into sour cream and buttermilk.
Yes, this ranch dressing is gluten-free but I can’t speak for all ranch dressing recipes.
I might be biased but I do think that homemade ranch tastes better. A few commentators on Pinterest agree as well! “I will never buy bottle dressing again.”
It probably depends on which ranch you buy. You can find the estimated nutrition facts below the recipe card.
Looking for more delicious salad dressing recipes??
- Lemon Vinaigrette with Easy Green Salad
- Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
- Balsamic Salad Dressing
- Red Wine Vinaigrette
- Creamy Farmhouse Ranch Dressing
- Creamy Peach Poppy Seed Dressing
- Winter Spinach Salad
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Best Ranch Recipe
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon onion powder NOT onion salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder NOT garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon parsley dried
- 1/2 teaspoon basil dried
- 1/2 teaspoon dill dried
- 3/4 teaspoon salt see note
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup milk amount will vary depending on desired consistency
- Whisk all ingredients together, except the milk.
- Pour in enough milk to make the dressing the consistency you like.
- Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your preference.