Thursday, September 15, 2011

Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing

Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Plenty of garlic, dill and other spices makes this a memorable flavorful ranch dressing. Just thin enough to pour smoothly, without becoming too liquid or watered down: the creaminess of the dressing is well balanced by the tang of the fresh lemon. This dressing has a permanent home in my refrigerator.

My kids reach for this at least once, if not twice, a day to eat with their fresh vegetables. This is easily the most popular dressing I make. We have friends that insist I bring it along every time we get together for a meal.

Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups
(printable recipe)

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper
freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste, approximately 1-3 teaspoons, adjust to taste

Whisk together the mayo, sour cream and milk until smooth. Add the spices and whisk until combined. Add the lemon and whisk again. Pour into a jar and chill in the refrigerator before serving. Enjoy!

79 comments:

  1. Love recepies for dressings:) I never buy ready ones..never;) Great stuff;)

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    1. I made the ranch tonight. I used milk instead of buttermilk, and it was watery and tasted nothing like ranch dressing. I did what the directions stated and ended up dumping it out. Very disappointed.

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    2. I'm sorry to hear that it didn't turn out well for you. I really can't imagine what went wrong. We've been making this dressing for years and truly love it. If you could describe what was wrong with it, I might be able to help you figure it out or come up with something you would enjoy more. It is somewhat runny when you first make it, but it should have thickened up in the fridge within an hour or so.

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    3. I did refrigerate it also after I made it but it remained thin and did not taste anything like ranch?? There was not a nice taste like ranch should have had. It was actually alittle more on the bitter side?? Wish it had turned out different.

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    4. I really can not imagine what would have caused it to taste bitter. My guess would be a problem with the milk, mayo or sour cream. I've never had it turn out that way at all. I'm sorry it wasn't what you were hoping for!

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    5. I see the recipe says milk or buttermilk, but buttermilk makes a huge difference to me--especially if you are using low fat or no fat milk.

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    6. Buttermilk does make a big difference if you are using lowfat ingredients. I haven't used reduced fat ingredients in years, so I'd forgotten about that. I tend to use whole milk with added lemon juice and I've never had a problem with it.

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    7. How long do u think it would stay good in the fridge?

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    8. For certain at least a week, although I have used it for closer to 2 weeks in the past. Most of the time, it doesn't last that long though!

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    9. This is by far the best tasting homemade ranch recipe out there (in my opinion) .. Please make sure to use buttermilk and NOT milk. It will not turn out at all. I never have buttermilk on hand, but I do sour milk with a tblsp of either lemom juice or vinegar. Let the milk sour for about 15 minutes or so, and then, follow the recipe instructions. You won't be disappointed. ENJOY!!!

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    10. Try this with greek yogurt for a healthier version. The sourness of the yogurt makes it taste like buttermilk.

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    11. maybe it just needed to sit a bit in the fridge..

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    12. Would love to try this. How long will it stay fresh in the fridge for?

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  2. I am going to try your recipe the next time I make ranch dressing. I made my own out of kefir milk but there was something missing. Probably the mayo, because I don't use it.

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    1. My husband doesn't like mayo either. Try using miracle whip.

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    2. So don't tell him it's in there.

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  3. I have to make ranch dressing here otherwise we spend far too much money, Chris goes through it like it's water! lol Love the photo with the dressing dripping down the jar!!

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  4. The mayo really does add a tang that is hard to replace. I'll be sure to let you know if I come across anything great that works as well.

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  5. Interesting dressing and looks really easy to do :)

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  6. Yum! Your recipe is very similar to mine--buttermilk and good mayo are key to making luscious ranch dressing. A little lemon helps to punch up the tanginess. Once people learn how simple it is to make and exceptional it tastes, they will not want to go back to bottled dressing.

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  7. Oooo, I need to try this dressing sometime! I love all of the spices in there and I'm a fan of pourable dressings too!

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  8. YUM! I love homemade ranch, it's so much better than the bottled kind. Thanks for the great recipe :)

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  9. Nancy, I've never tried adding lemon. I think I'll try it when this batch runs out. Thanks!

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  10. I love the shot of the dressing dribbling down the side of the jar.

    I love homemade ranch - yours looks tasty!

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  11. I should give this a try. My family loves ranch dressing on salads, potatoes, rice, anything! Looks and sounds yummy.

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  12. I can get my boys to eat almost anything if I serve alongside some ranch. This looks like a beautiful recipe! I'll be making this soon for sure.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  13. Ranch dressing is a real favorite around here! Thanks for the recipe.

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  14. We have two jars of ranch dressing in the fridge right now. I probably should start making my own!

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  15. I love ranch dressing and would love to try your recipe soon. Love the ingredients.

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  16. Wow - wonderful flavors and a delicious dressing - I would put this on everything!
    Mary x

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  17. I'm all for pourable, not-too-thin, not-too-thick dressing as well. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  18. Love the photo .. how it's dripping and you have taken the click just at the right time :)

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  19. Thanks for another great salad dressing recipe, Mary! My little Taylor will devour a salad and veggies if it has some ranch on it so I try to have some on hand at all times...I just ran out so I better make this! I like the extra garlic and dill here.

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  20. This looks very tasty. I love salads and I bet this would taste great on one.

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  21. Oh Im excited to try this! The only 'homemade' ranch I've ever made is from the ranch packet mixes! : )

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  22. Oh how I miss ranch dressing. I think I'm gonna give this a try, but the thing is I'm allergic to both dill and parsley. Do you think it will taste "right" without them? Any suggestions for substitutions? (I should mention that I'm also allergic to cilantro, coriander, cumin, fennel and sage.) I'd be grateful for any suggestions!

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  23. Love this dressing, i must try this very soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I love ranch dressing to dip veggies in.
    Gotta try this one. All the herbs in there make it sound so good.
    I love poppyseed dressing on my salads....gotta check out your blog for that one. :)

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  25. Well that was fast..I found it with your stone fruit salad !!!

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  26. Well I guess my comment from yesterday didn't save. Looks like EVERYONE loves ranch dressing. It looks delicious!!!

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  27. EcoCatLady - I found a few sources that cite dried tarragon as a substitute for dill. The only substitutes I found for parsley was cilantro (obviously out) and celery tops. I've never tried any of these though and I have no idea what the substitutions would do for the recipe. Dill is a central flavor in most ranch dressings. (Although, I have friends that do not use it at all for their ranch dressing, so that might be an option too.)

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  28. I've always wanted to know how to make Ranch dressing. That recipe sounds literally finger licking good. I think I would dip everything and anything in that I could find. Thanks!

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  29. Alas... tarragon and celery are also on the no-no list. I fear I'm just allergic to anything with flavor! Perhaps I'll try it with just the chives and see how it tastes. I think a bunch of the flavor would come from the buttermilk.

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  30. thank you! this sounds like a perfect ranch recipe, i've got some fresh mayo waiting in the fridge so i might just head down there right now :)

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  31. Excellent recipe of course but what I really like is that picture! Very nice set up and the drip down the side of the bottle is perfection. It's actually a bit tricky to make a nice trickle like that on purpose for me.

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  32. I love this recipe and the picture too!

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  33. I cant's say enough how much I love you for a ranch recipe that a celiac can enjoy! I keep, it's so easy I keep it my refrigerator at all times.

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  34. Would love to try this, but do you have to use the lemon juice? I am allergic.

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    1. You can sub white vinegar for the lemon juice. I've made it both ways. Enjoy!

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    2. How long does it keep once you make it?

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    3. I keep mine for a week or so. It doesn't usually last longer than that in our house!

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  35. This looks & sounds so good! It's definitely a keeper recipe forsure! Can't wait to make it! There is only one ranch dressing I loved &Costco useto sell it years ago & discontiued it! I bet this one is even better! Thanks.

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  36. What is your favorite kind of mayo to use in this recipe?

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    1. I've made my own mayo a few times, using this method: http://barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com/2011/08/quick-and-easy-homemade-mayonnaise-with.html

      However, if I am buying it from the store, I almost always use Best Foods mayo. I hope that helps!

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  37. Is there a low fat/low cal version of this? Has anyone tried it with fat-free mayo and sour cream?

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    1. Hi Amee, I no longer use fat-free products myself, but I did make this for years using LF and FF mayo and sour cream. Give it a shot. I bet you'll like it!

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    2. You can sub plain greek yogurt for the sour cream and mayo.

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  38. I'm gonna use Greek yogurt

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  39. My grandpa absolutely loves ranch dressing. Its the only thing he'll put on his salads. We've started a pretty strict diet recently and calorie count is a huge factor in it. Would substituting the mayo and sour cream as well as the milk with low/non fat change to much of the flavor? I think it might thin it out to much. I'll have to give it a try. Gotta find something we can have that he'll enjoy...

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    1. If you are accustomed to using those LF/FF products, the difference in taste will likely not bother you. I no longer use fat-free products myself, but I did make this for years using LF and FF mayo and sour cream. It's definitely worth a try. Good luck!

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  40. Guess what Mary, i love ranch dressing but just do not use it much so I made a dry spice mix with the ingredients you listed. It is now my marinade spice rub that i use on fish and other dishes! Just a sprinkle over the fish, some soy sauce and sugar or honey and into the oven!

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  41. I am making this tonight and i think maybe using the greek yogurt in it... Wish me luck

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  42. Yummmmmmmmmm! This sounds great! Thanks for posting your recipe! :)
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    Lee Ann

    Crochet...Gotta Love It! Blog

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  43. here's a simpler version.. 1 cup mayo...1 cup butter milk 1 package hidden valley ranch dressing mix done deal cridrics reve...

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  44. Isn't it amazing when people do not follow the recipe and then says it was no good. Go figure. This dressing great. I make it all the time.

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  45. I have congestive heart failure and on a very low sodium diet. Love salads and dips which are a heart patients worst enemy because they are very high in sodium. This recipie seems like a two tablespoon serving will be less than 1/3 of the sodium content as a store bought brand. Less if the salt is omitted. I estimate your recipie will be around 90mg per serveing as opposed to 300mmg to 400mg for store brands.

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  46. Try substituting greek yogurt for the buttermilk - makes it much thicker

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  47. I make this every couple of weeks. We love it.

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  48. I made this and it was great. Thanks!

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  49. In my opinion the brand of mayo makes a difference also. I always use Hellman's Mayo!

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  50. Had buttermilk left over just made it and my daughter loves it thnx

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  51. Saw this posted on a friend's facebook page. I am a huge fan of ranch dressing, not the bottled kind but the kind you make with buttermilk and a package of Hidden Valley Ranch. How would you say this compares?

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    1. I made the hidden valley version for years before making this one. I wanted something that would taste like that without the packaged mix. We all prefer this one now. I hope that helps!

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  52. I have no access to buttermilk. Has anyone tried this with homemade buttermilk (using vinegar, lemon juice etc.) or yoghurt. I use yoghurt when baking cakes and cornbread, but I've never tried it in something that's not cooked.

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    1. Yes, homemade buttermilk is fine for this. I very rarely buy buttermilk. Just add a teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice to the milk a few minutes before mixing it in. It works great! (I usually just use regular milk for this recipe though and add the lemon at the end, until it is as tart as I like it to be.) Hope that helps!

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  53. I did not read all the posts. But I was thinking about trying with silk and veggian sour cream. I'm very lactose sensitive the older I get. What do you think?

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  54. It sounds like a fabulous recipe, with all the herbs and such that I like in ranch dressing. I can't wait to try it! I, too, will used milk soured with lemon juice, unless I happen to think about getting buttermilk at the store. But usually, the soured milk works fine in place of buttermilk when I've tried it in other recipes. Would also use nothing but whole fat products for maximum taste. And calories, haha, but who cares -- gotta splurge on some things!

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