This creamy and flavorful condiment is the perfect topping for salads, veggies, pizza, wings, and more. Enjoy the rich and tangy goodness with this easy recipe. Take your food to the next level with homemade restaurant-style ranch dressing.
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Get ready to bring the taste of your favorite restaurant home with this amazing recipe for homemade restaurant-style ranch dressing! Store-bought dressings and dips don't hold a candle to this made-from-scratch recipe.
With simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, this dressing is super easy to whip up and takes your salads, veggies, and even chicken wings to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Ingredients and Substitutions
The ingredients for this homemade ranch dressing are so simple but so tasty! I opted to use dried herbs because they have a flavor closest to what you will find in most restaurant ranch. I also like to use powdered buttermilk so that I can get a lot of tangy, buttermilk flavor without making the dressing too thin.
- Milk and Powdered Buttermilk - I prefer to use powdered buttermilk because you can really amp up the tangy flavor without over-thinning your dressing. You can swap the milk and powdered buttermilk for just regular buttermilk if desired. If you don't have buttermilk follow this recipe to make a great substitute!
- Herbs - Dried Parsley, Dried Dill, Dried Chives, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Paprika. I prefer to use dried herbs for a more restaurant-style ranch but you can use fresh if you prefer.
- Salt and Pepper
- Sour Cream
See the recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Restaurant-Style Ranch
Making homemade dressings is so easy. Simply add all of the ingredients except milk and stir. Then slowly add the milk until the dressing reaches the consistency you like. That's really it!
You can enjoy the dressing immediately, but the flavor is best after it has chilled in the fridge for at least a couple of hours.
Tip: For ranch dip, use less milk. For a pourable salad dressing use a little bit more milk.
Here are some of my favorite ways to change up this ranch recipe:
- Cajun Ranch Dressing - Replace some or all of the salt and pepper with your favorite cajun seasoning (we love Tony's!)
- Homemade Ranch with Fresh Herbs - Replace the dried herbs with fresh. Start with double the amount listed and adjust to taste
- High Protein Ranch Dip - Swap the sour cream with low-fat or fat-free plain Greek yogurt and reduce the milk by half.
How to Store Ranch Dressing
This dressing will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks in a well-sealed container as long as you use fresh milk and sour cream. I do not suggest freezing homemade dressing.
While you can use low-fat or non-fat ingredients, keep in mind that they may affect the overall creaminess and flavor of the dressing. Full-fat ingredients tend to provide a richer taste and texture that closely resembles the restaurant-style version. However, feel free to experiment and find a balance that suits your preferences.
Absolutely! One of the best things about making homemade dressings is the ability to customize them to your liking. You can experiment with adding additional herbs and spices for added flavor and freshness. Additionally, you can adjust the amounts of ingredients like garlic, onion powder, or spices to suit your taste preferences. Don't be afraid to get creative and make it your own!
Yes! In fact, allowing the flavors to meld together in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight can enhance the taste of the dressing. Just make sure to give it a good stir before using, as some separation may occur.
- For ranch dip, use less milk. For a pourable salad dressing use a little bit more milk.
- For easy and mess-free mixing and storing, use a blender bottle to make and store homemade dressings!
Restaurant Style Ranch Dressing
- Combine all the ingredients except for the milk in a large bowl. Stir in the milk a little at a time until it reaches the consistency you like. For a ranch dip use less milk, and for a thinner dressing use more milk.
Be sure to read the entire post for tips, tricks, and help troubleshooting.
The nutrition information listed here is only an estimate and is simply provided as a courtesy. It nor any other information within this post should constitute medical or nutritional advice. Be sure to read all packaging and ingredient labels for potential allergens. Optional ingredients are not included unless otherwise specified.