Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Customize this homemade ranch dressing recipe to your liking, whether it’s peppercorn ranch or spicy ranch.

| March/April 2014

  • Homemade Salad Dressings
    Fresh garlic is a must in your homemade salad dressings.
    Photo by iStock

  • Homemade Salad Dressings

For the best flavor and nutrition, use real, cultured buttermilk; full-fat mayonnaise; and thick, tangy sour cream from sustainable producers. To turn everyone’s favorite salad dressing into a dip, add more mayonnaise and sour cream, and less buttermilk.

Find other great alternatives for store bought dressings in Homemade Salad Dressing Recipes.

Ranch Dressing Recipe

• 1 clove garlic, minced, or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
• 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
• 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, or 2 parsley-oil ice cubes
• 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder or prepared Dijon mustard
• 1/2 cup mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup sour cream
• Dash hot sauce
• Dash white wine vinegar or rice vinegar, or juice of 1 lemon wedge
• Dash Worcestershire sauce
• 1/4 to 1 cup buttermilk
• Salt, to taste
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste (use lots of coarsely ground pepper for peppercorn ranch)

1. Add everything except buttermilk, salt and pepper to a jar with a lid, and shake, shake, shake. Stir in the buttermilk until the desired consistency is reached.

2. Season with salt and pepper, and shake some more. Chill for at least an hour before serving. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

Variation: Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of Sriracha or other hot chili sauce for a spicy ranch. Talde, a popular restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, adds dehydrated Sriracha powder to ranch dressing for its house favorite, Sri-Rancha. Find instructions to make Sriracha powder at Tasting Table.



February 15-16, 2020
Belton, Texas

Join us in the Lone Star state to explore ways to save money and live efficiently. This two-day event includes hands-on workshops and a marketplace featuring the latest homesteading products.


Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds

click me