Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ Ditch the Bottle!

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Bottled vs Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing!

It seems every kid loves ranch dressing.  Mine even liked it on macaroni and cheese for a while.  They still put it on a lot of things, and since I’ve been working on eating healthier foods and less prepackaged things, I looked at the label on the bottle my kids love.  Someone once told me that if you can’t pronounce it, or have to google it to know what it is, you shouldn’t be eating it.  Things like disodium inosinate, monosodium glutamate, and disodium phosphate are all listed as ingredients, as well as several other things.  And I always shy away from anything that says “artificial flavorings”.  You never know what that could be.  All that being said, I decided that bottled ranch dressing probably wasn’t something that I wanted my kids, or myself, eating.  With a bit of research, I found the perfect combination of fresh herbs and pronounceable ingredients for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing.

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Even in Winter, You Can Make Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

The herbs that are in Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing are all common herbs that can be found in any grocery store produce section, even in the middle of winter!  Parsley and Dill season the dressing, making it taste just like the bottled stuff, but even better.  The fresh flavor it lends is amazing.  Garlic, sour cream, and mayo create the base that showcases the herbs, and the whole mess is thinned out with some fresh buttermilk.  You can also use powdered buttermilk instead of the liquid if you prefer, thinning it out with some regular milk.  The Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing  tastes just as amazing and you don’t have to worry about what to do with the remainder of the container of buttermilk!

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ Ditch the Bottle!

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing ~ Ditch the Bottle!


  • 1 C mayo
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 1 clove garlic, diced finely
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1/4 C parsley, minced finely
  • 2 T dill, minced finely
  • 1 T chives, minced finely
  • 1 t Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 t white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/2 C buttermilk (or 2 T buttermilk powder and 1/2 C milk)


  1. Mix the mayo and sour cream. Set aside.
  2. Sprinkle the garlic with salt. Mash with a fork or the edge of a sharp knife. Add to the sour cream.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except the buttermilk, and whisk.
  4. Add buttermilk a little at a time to achieve the desired consistency.
  5. Place in a sealed container and refrigerate at least 4 hours to let the flavors meld.
  6. Use over salads, vegetables, and as a dip.

Repurposed Jars for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

I love to repurpose things, and jars are something I repurpose a lot.  I grabbed a quart Ball jar to store my Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing in.  I love canning jars, especially antique ones, for storing things.  You can get the lids for about $2 per dozen, or reuse the one you have over and over again, until the wax seal wears out.  They are great for all kinds of leftovers, sauces, and even as impromptu glasses when you run out.  They are adorable to use when giving gifts too!  Need a little Thank You gift?  Make up some Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and pour it in a pretty jar!


  1. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I have made it several times and brought it to family functions and served it with a green salad. I have received a lot of compliments and my mother and sister in law have both requested the recipe and they have made it as well. Thanks.

  2. Margot C says:

    I don’t understand this recipe; where is the buttermilk?

    • LessieP says:

      Sorry, for some reason Buttermilk powder was left off the ingredients list. I like using Buttermilk powder instead of fresh buttermilk, because it is so much easier to store and keep fresh. The recipe has been edited now.


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