Homemade Ranch Dressing

homemade ranch dressing recipe

I am getting ready to head to Nashville this week. I am so excited to be a Community Leader at Blissdom. It is my first big blogging conference, and I am really looking forward to meeting other bloggers that are as passionate about good food and blogging as I am. Not only that, but I am so excited to visit Nashville. I have always wanted to go there, and now I will be there for 5 days. It is nice to get out of my yoga pants, actually put makeup on, and talk to grown ups. I will miss my husband and children, but I know that I will come back inspired and ready to be a better blogger. If there are any places that I have to see, or restaurants that I need to know about, can you leave it in the comments section? Thanks, I appreciate it.

I do not think that it is a secret that I do not like mayonnaise. I do not even allow it into my  house. It’s a problem. I usually steer clear of anything creamy. My husband and children love to put ranch on just about anything. It pains me to buy it in a bottle, but there are some fights not worth fighting, you know? I made fried pickles a few weeks ago for an assignment for Betty Crocker, and I made this ranch dressing to dip the pickles into. I am now obsessed. This dip/dressing is so fresh tasting from all of the herbs, and just perfect for dipping carrots into. Or fried pickles. Or french fries. It might even make an appearance in another recipe coming up here soon. If I were you, I would check back to see what it is all about.

homemade ranch dressing recipe1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
pinch cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoons fresh chive, chopped

homemade ranch dressing recipeMix together the sour cream, buttermilk, garlic, Worcestershire, vinegar, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

homemade ranch dressing recipeAdd the fresh herbs.

homemade ranch dressing recipeStir well. Check for seasoning. I find that it needs a lot of salt and pepper. If the dressing is too thick, thin it with a little more buttermilk.

homemade ranch dressing recipePut in a jar, and keep in the fridge, it should keep for about a week. It just tastes better and better as it chills.

homemade ranch dressing recipe

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Yield: 1 1/2 cups

No mayo Homemade Ranch Dressing - This sour cream and buttermilk based ranch is loaded with fresh herbs and just a little garlic. Perfect on salad or for all your dipping needs.


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons fresh chive, chopped


  1. Mix together the sour cream, buttermilk, garlic, Worcestershire, vinegar, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add the fresh herbs.
  3. Stir well. Check for seasoning. I find that it needs a lot of salt and pepper. If the dressing is too thick, thin it with a little more buttermilk.
  4. Put in a jar, and keep in the fridge, it should keep for about a week. It just tastes better and better as it chills.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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  • Have fun in Nashville!

    I could eat Ranch (or any salad dressing, dip, condiment, or spread) like it’s going out of style. Love how easy this one sounds…must try!

    • This one is so good. All of the fresh herbs really make this light tasting.

  • Wow, I didn’t even know it was possible to make ranch dressing from scratch. I personally don’t like the stuff. The only condiment I beleive should go on food is ketchup, nothing else. But still, thi is pretty ineresting.

  • Thank you for sharing this! I love homemade ranch but my son refuses to eat anything with mayo, detests it! Now, I can have him help me make this and he will know beyond a shadow of a doubt, NO MAYO!

    Have a great time in Nashville! I am ususally there once a year for work but rarely get out of the Bio-dom.

  • I used to live in Nashville for about 3 years, and the one thing that I truly miss (besides friends & family) are the restaurants. Here are some of my favorites that I would highly recommend:

    PM on Belmont Blvd: Delicious and unique sushi, and even better burgers.
    Local Taco on Murphy Rd: Awesome fish tacos (all of their tacos are fantastic), cool atmosphere. Daily taco and drink specials.
    Pancake Pantry on 21st Ave: Best breakfast in Nashville, but you’ll stand in line for a while if it’s the weekend (trust me: worth it).
    MafiaOza’s on 12th South: Delicious, authentic Italian. Try the Mona Lisa or Da Vinci…. Drool.
    McNamara’s on Old Lebanon Rd: Authentic Irish pub. Everything I’ve tried here has been amazing.
    Rosepepper on Eastland Ave: Mexican. Known for their margaritas (which really are good). Again, everything on their menu that I’ve tried is fantastic, but if it’s the weekend you’ll be waiting a while.
    Burger Up on 12th South: Unique burgers, sweet potato fries, truffle fries. A little pricey for a burger but delicious all the same.
    Fido on 21st Ave: A coffee shop/restaurant. Their food can be pricey but it’s super unique and again, absolutely delicious. Their cakes are homemade from a woman in Nashville and I highly suggest trying a slice of the Pink Radio cake or the Chocolate Zucchini cake. Out of this world.

    I could go on forever, and I’ve given you a list of restaurants that’s way too long, but oh well! Have a great time in Nashville! 🙂

  • I just stated following your website (which I love) and I live in Nashville!!! We have so many wonderful places for food and drinks! You must try Mas Tacos Por Favor while you are here. They started out as a food truck and now they have a tiny little shop in east Nashville check the hours before you go, they normally just serve lunch) While you are there cross the street and have an amazing libation from Holland House (a speak easy bar/restaurant.) The Pharmacy is near there and has amazing homemade sodas, root beer floats, and burgers.The Catbird Seat is all the rage now, but unfortunately you probably won’t be able to get reservations this late of notice. Anything by Arnold Mynt is amazing (top chef contestant) I would highly recommend ChaChah on Belmont, while you are on the west side of town hit up the Patterson House for an artisan cocktail and homemade donuts. Can you tell I love my city?!? I hope you have a wonderful trip, email if you have any questions.

  • jarred mayo and homemade mayo are 2 different animals! this looks very delish! Have fun in Nashville!

  • Oh Bree, I am so very jealous! I lived in Nashville forever until 1 year ago when the hubby got a job in Denver. I have to add that all the previous Nashville suggestions are spot on, but they’ve missed a few of my favorites. You need to go to Marche in East Nashville for brunch. All their food is delicious,but I am partial to the croissant French toast. They have lovely savory items as well. I noticed the one thing really missing from the other comments was the lack of a meat and three. I suggest either Arnold’s Country Kitchen, Monell’s or Swetts. They are all fantastic. I hope you have a great time. Enjoy the food and the sweet southern accents!

    • Thank you so much Allion! You guys are so good. Sounds like there is some good eats in Nashville!

  • Oh and as far as places to see, make sure you get to The Parthenon and take a little stroll down 2nd Avenue.

  • Hi Bree 🙂 This looks delicious, really cool and fresh! I can’t wait to try it but first I have a question. I can’t imagine buying a whole carton of buttermilk because I wouldn’t use more than the half cup for this recipe. I have powdered buttermilk that I use for cakes and bread, would that work in this recipe? Or maybe the lemon juice in milk trick? Sorry if that’s a stupid question but I thought I’d ask an expert while I have the chance. Thanks for all the great recipes and inspiration!

  • I’ve lived in Nashville since 1984, and I’d say Emily’s recommendations are sound.
    I’ve been to BurgerUp several times, and only once was a bit disappointed (that was my last visit). I like the Woodstock Burger and the truffle fries.
    The menu at Local Taco was developed by my favorite chef in town, Deb Paquette, and I’ve heard they have good tacos, but I cannot report that to be true due to my lack of firsthand experience. (Deb is opening up her own restaurant, and sadly, you and my girlfriends who are coming to Blissdom will miss that by just a few weeks. I wish I could take you there! I wish I could take ME there.)
    If you go to Pancake Pantry on Saturday morning (which you won’t …you’ll be too busy having a blast inside Opryland’s biodome) and stand in line with the lemmings for pancakes, throw a few bucks in my son’s guitar case: he’s usually outside busking for several hours on Saturday morning. He does well!
    The Loveless Cafe is world famous (cannot overstate this: WORLD FAMOUS!) for their biscuits. World famous. It’s a bit of a drive, but you will NOT regret it. I always order their fried chicken, as well. My mouth is now watering. https://www.lovelesscafe.com/
    The ultimate gourmet dining experience in Nashville is a restaurant called The Catbird Seat. So, now you know.
    I look forward to meeting you, Bree! I’d love to hear more of your story!

  • Sounds delicious, but how is it not creamy with all that sour cream and buttermilk? Fortunately, I like creamy and I am definitely going to give this one a try.

    Have a wonderful time in Nashville. I am salivating just reading the lists of places you should go and the food that you should eat!

  • I’ve always wanted to try to make homemade ranch! This looks so great and easy! I have a party coming up and I think I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing!!


  • Thanks so much for this. No ranch dressing in Australia and because the commericial kind has eggs, none can be imported either. I’ve missed it a lot.

    I can’t wait to try it!

    Good luck in Nashville. I miss Tennessee too 🙂

    • Really? It is amazing what you can and cannot get in Australia. I get more questions from Australians about marshmallow fluff of all things.

  • Okay now my mouth is watering…and I also want your fried pickle recipe (please)!

    • It will be posted on Betty Crocker soon. As soon as it is posted, I will share it with you.

  • Oh this is awesome! I hate hate hate mayo as well, I’m not sure how it’s considered edible. Bleck! But this ranch dressing looks amazing! 😀 yay for no mayo!

  • Bree-

    I live in Nashville, and I can only second some great recommendations: Marche, Mas Tacos, Mitchell’s Deli, The Pharmacy, and Germantown Cafe.

    I love your website, and thank your sharing all of your delicious food!


  • Looked at this recipe because of your Jack’s Urban Eats fries — LOOOVEE their fries. I wasn’t a fan of blue cheese until I had their fries. To be healthier, could you substitute the sour cream for greek yogurt?

  • Bree, I just made this (I have loved every recipe that I have made of yours). I doubled it, but for some reason it turned brown-which I know is the Worcestersire sauce, but yours is so white. I added two tablespoons for a double batch, isn’t that right. Feels like my eyes are deceiving me. I can taste the Worcestershire sauce as well. Can you taste it distinctly in yours? I wonder if it went bad, I had two bottles, I wonder if one is old? It doesn’t taste bad, just strong….weird.


    I will be making Jack’s Urban Fries….yum!

    • Mine is obviously not brown, maybe just use less next time. Mine also does not have a distinct taste either. Sorry!

      • Mine did the same thing as Colleens. I used a newish bottle of Worcestershire and it tasted super strong and turned a brown color. Also super strong dill flavor. I think I will try making this again and tone back those two things and see how it works. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Hello Bree,

    this is exactly the recipe I have been searching for (Ranch-Dressing without mayonnaise, and with fresh herbs and spices). Thanks for sharing, I really like your entire site!


    • Thank you Sarah! I love this kind of ranch, so fresh and light.

  • This looks fabulous! I am just going to sub nonfat plain greek yogurt for sour cream. Hopefully it works!! Thanks!

  • I am trying this recipe! Found you on Pinterest. Where can I get your Fried Pickle recipe? I searched and cannot find it.

  • Love the simplicity of it !!
    Can’t wait to try this at home myself !!!
    Thanks for lovely recipe.
    Love you space here…

    Cheers !!

  • Have you ever added Gorgonzola or Blue Cheese for a Blue Cheese Dressing? Seems like that would work well with your other ingredients. We have a local restaurant that has a signature Pear Blue Cheese Dressing. Assuming they added Pear Juice to a Basic Dressing. Your recipe sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to try it.!

  • Thank you for this! My husband is actually quite allergic to mayo, so I haven’t been able to make ranch for awhile.

    • You are so welcome! I don’t use mayo in anything. I won’t even let in the house. 🙂

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