This Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is creamy, tangy and flavorful. It is the perfect accompaniment to a fresh salad or pair it with a vegetable platter for dipping. This Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe can be your go-to zesty dressing since it has just 10 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to make!
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is an indulgence for me because it feels indulgent. It is so creamy and it has so much flavor, with that “tang” which makes it more interesting than any other dressing. This is a dressing that has everything, for example, zesty spices like garlic, onion and dill powder. It really makes a difference to make your own homemade dressing because it doesn’t taste processed or have extra ingredients that you do not know how to pronounce. Read on to hear why this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing has a special place in my heart.
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Ingredients for Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe
- 1/2 cup your favorite mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream *See notes for substitutions
- 1/2 cup buttermilk *
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar *
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley *
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill *
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder *
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
Kitchen tools you may find useful:
- a blender *I highly recommend a blender for this recipe because it gets all the ingredients perfectly blended and frothy but if you do not have a blender handy, you can use a whisk
- a flexible baking spatula for scraping down while blending and for transferring to storage container
- dry measuring spoons and cups
- a 1-cup liquid measure
- 1 pint size mason jar or similar airtight container to store the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Notes For Substitutions for Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Here is a list of helpful substitutions that can be made for various ingredients in this recipe:
- Greek yogurt and sour cream: You can use the same amount of either Greek yogurt and sour cream. I have tried both with this recipe and they both taste great. Greek yogurt (any fat content that you prefer) gives you a lighter option versus sour cream and it has a nice tangy flavor that complements this recipe well.
- Buttermilk: If you do not have buttermilk on hand, you can put 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (or the same amount of white vinegar) in a wet measure, then fill to the 1/2 cup line with whole milk and allow it to stand for 5-10 minutes. You can use other reduced fat milks if you want but it might be less creamy.
- 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar: 1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley: 3 tablespoons freshly minced parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill: 1-1/2 teaspoons freshly minced dill
Let me explain why this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing has a special place in my heart. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was absolutely addicted to Chick fil A’s “Buttermilk Ranch Sauce.” I think their sandwiches and their amazing waffle fries are really just vehicles for their sauces! My “post-pregnancy” self still adores that sauce and that tangy, buttermilk ranch flavor is something I will always crave. This recipe has more of a zesty kick compared to Chick fil A’s and it tastes so clean, it’s very creamy. I am like, “Chik fil A – what?” when I have this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing in front of me!
This Buttermilk Ranch Dressing can be made and used right away but I feel that really sings when it has been in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4+ hours. The extra time allows the spices to hydrate, marinate together and thicken nicely.
I hope you enjoy this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe as much as I have!
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