Simple Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing

I  remember growing up my favorite part about eating out was ordering a big salad with Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing, well that and the loads of bread.  I’m an admitted carbivore.  Don’t judge. haha  Truth be told, I actually always ordered extra extra dressing.  I loved all the spices and the rich and creaminess of homemade dressing.

After many years of longing for that fabulous dressing I started working on a recipe and am so in love with this my buttermilk ranch salad dressing that I have been using it as a dipping sauce for everything from veggies to bread.  It is Ah-mazing! You can whip it up in no time flat and enjoy it immediately or put it in the fridge and let the flavors bloom.

I like to try and chill this overnight so all the flavors can marry.  However, we are not that patient around her.  It is fabulous eaten right away, but spectacular the next day.

My favorite part is that it encourages my 3 year old to eat raw veggies.  I can give my munchkin a plate of otherwise avoided raw veggies and she will try them because the dressing is so good.  Even better is that she dips in it and she gets a small portion because it is not as thick as a dip.  SCORE!

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  • If you do not have buttermilk you can use homemade buttermilk substitute .
  • Don’t try this recipe with low-fat products. This recipe is not the place for that.
  • Best after it sits overnight.
  • Mixing BowlI like a variety of mixing bowls and prep bowls and this set has them all.


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Yield: makes approximately 2 cupsAuthor: Donna Elick

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing

With just a few staple ingredients and a handful of the perfect herbs, you can have the best Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing you have ever eaten. It is perfect on salads and an excellent marinade for pork chops too! This is a simple recipe that your whole family is going to love!

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 7 tablespoons mayonnaise (just shy of a 1/2 cup)
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  1. In a small mixing bowl combine buttermilk, sour cream and mayonnaise.  Whisk until combined.  Add remaining ingredients, whisk until well combined.
  2. Refrigerate until serving.  I like to try and chill this overnight so all the flavors can marry.  However, we are not that patient around her.  It is fabulous eaten right away, but spectacular the next day.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe developed by Donna Elick The Slow Roasted Italian

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Originally published 8/14/13

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