Homemade Ranch Dressing

20 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing is the ultimate ranch dip and dressing recipe made with mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, dill weed, and other pantry seasonings.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing in cup with salad in background


Whether it’s pizza in ranch, fries with ranch, or veggies with ranch, this creamy, tangy dressing is the dip that everyone loves! Making Homemade Ranch Dressing is super simple and you don’t need any extra fancy ingredients for a quick batch in minutes. The longer you let it sit, the more ranch flavor your dressing will have, but it’s also delicious as soon as it’s made.

You don’t have to just serve this Homemade Ranch Dressing as a dip, you can use it for salads or sandwich spreads too. This mayonnaise and sour cream homemade ranch recipe is thicker than a bottled ranch salad dressing, but you can add a splash of milk or buttermilk until it’s the desired consistency for drizzling. The base ingredients give you a perfectly balanced ranch flavor, but feel free to adjust to how zesty or mild you like your dressing.

This made from scratch Ranch Dressing is a blend of pantry spices like garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley. The key ingredient in Ranch Dressing to give it that signature ranch flavor is dill weed. This Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe uses dried dill to make it extra easy to make whenever you are craving it. You can always swap in fresh dill for bolder dill flavor. That includes all the ingredients, swap in fresh garlic cloves for dried garlic or any other fresh seasoning you prefer.

You can store the spices for your Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe separately and then mix it with mayonnaise and sour cream when you are ready to serve the ranch dressing. You could also double or triple the spice blend and then substitute 2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing spices for a store-bought ranch dressing mix. Ranch dressing mix can kept fresh in the pantry for up to a year or in the freezer indefinitely as long as it’s in a moisture-free container!


Homemade Ranch Dressing ingredients in bowl


  • Buttermilk: Replace half the mayonnaise with ½ cup buttermilk for a Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. Add a tablespoon dried buttermilk to the spice blend if you are making the dressing mix ahead of time and store in the refrigerator or the freezer.
  • Flavors: Add different mix-ins to make flavored Ranch Dressing, like spicy chipotle ranch, avocado ranch, cilantro ranch, or garlic-onion ranch. Use fresh garlic and minced fresh onion for Garlic-Onion Ranch Dressing. Puree ½ cup avocado for Avocado Ranch or fresh cilantro for Cilantro Ranch. Blend 1 chipotle in adobo with the mayonnaise before adding rest of the ingredients for Spicy Chipotle Ranch.
  • Lemon: For a more tangy, flavorful Ranch Dressing add a tablespoon lemon juice, lemon zest, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.
  • Fresh Herbs: Fresh herbs like fresh dill, fresh parsley, and fresh chives will make this dressing even more flavorful. Use about 2-3 times fresh herbs for each dried herb measurement, and allow the dressing to chill for at least 4 hours so the flavors have time to develop.
  • Yogurt: For a healthier Homemade Ranch Dressing, you can replace the sour cream and half the mayonnaise with 1 cup plain yogurt, either Greek yogurt or regular yogurt.



  • Serve: Once mixed, Homemade Ranch Dressing is best served chilled and can be kept at room temperature up to 2 hours.
  • Store: Refrigerate Homemade Ranch Dressing for up to 2 weeks in a sealed, airtight container like a mason jar. Store it in the back of the refrigerator to keep it extra cold.
  • Freeze: You don’t want to freeze Homemade Ranch Dressing once it’s been mixed because mayonnaise does not defrost well. You can freeze the dried seasoning blend in a container that’s sealed against moisture.

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing is the ultimate ranch dip and dressing recipe made with mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, dill weed, and other pantry seasonings.
Yield 20 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • In a medium bowl whisk all the ingredients together.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.


Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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