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Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing

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What’s the best thing about Buttermilk Ranch Dressing? It’s so easy to make from scratch. You can whip up a batch in just five minutes with a stick blender! And it tastes fresher than those store-bought dressings, too. Buttermilk is a staple in both cooking and baking, and ranch salad dressing is one of America’s favorite salad dressing flavors. Combine them for an irresistible homemade version that you’ll want to keep on hand at all times.

a mason jar of buttermilk ranch salad dressing and a spoon

You will get a lot of mileage out of this buttermilk ranch salad dressing. Not only is this an excellent dressing for tossed greens, it is wonderful as a dip with fresh veggies, on hot baked potatoes, or added to casseroles. It is also delicious used as a dip for chicken nuggets, french fries and vegetables. Buttermilk ranch will enhance the flavor of your dishes while adding its own special zing!

We love using our immersion stick blender to bring this dressing together in just minutes! If you have an immersion blender try our Caesar Salad Dressing recipe or our sweet and tangy Creamy Orange Champaign Salad Dressing as well.

A jar of homemade buttermilk ranch dressing with imersion blender

What You Need To Make This Buttermilk Salad Dressing:

The tangy buttermilk is the dominant ingredient in this dressing and may not be a regular resident in your refrigerator, but it is always available in your grocery store. All the other ingredients are most likely on hand in your pantry or refrigerator. Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Cultured buttermilk
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic
  • Lemon juice
  • Dried dill
  • Fresh dill
  • Fresh chives
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

You can count on this salad dressing lasting up to a week in the refrigerator, stored in a covered container, and still taste fresh and delicious.

How to Make This Easy Salad Dressing:

This is an easy and delicious way to make your own ranch dressing with buttermilk. The ingredients are simple and the flavors of fresh herbs are unbeatable! Here is a quick overview of the recipe. Make sure to scroll to the printable recipe card for all the details.

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a jar and blend with an immersion blender. If you don’t have an immersion blender, blend the ingredients in a standard blender.
  2. Store the salad dressing in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
ingredients for buttermilk ranch salad dressing

Tips for Success

Aside from a standard blender or an immersion blender, you can use a Nutribullet or food processor to make this ranch dressing.

Use genuine cultured buttermilk instead of a combination of milk and vinegar. A milk and vinegar mixture is not buttermilk and it lacks the texture and taste of buttermilk. A mixture of vinegar and milk makes a decent substitution for some baking recipes but isn’t a good choice for this salad dressing.

If you don’t have buttermilk you can thin down some plain yogurt with a bit of milk. Yogurt mixed with milk much more closely approximates the flavor and texture of buttermilk.

Green salad with dressing being spooned on

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a mason jar of buttermilk ranch salad dressing and a spoon

Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing

Our homemade stick blender Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing takes 5 minutes to prepare and has a fresh taste unmatched with store-bought dressings Made right in a jar, just blend it, stir in the fresh herbs, pop the lid on the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 -1/2 cups
Calories: 44kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


  • 1/2 cup cultured buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise not Miracle Whip
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons fresh chopped chives
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  • Place the buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice and dried dill into a wide mouth Mason jar.  Insert an immersion blender (stick blender) and combine with an up/down motion until well blended., about 30 seconds! Alternatively, you can use a standard blender or a Nutribullet to blend the ingredients.
  • Remove the blender and stir in the fresh dill and fresh chives.  Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.  Cover the jar with its lid and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.


  • We recommend regular cultured buttermilk, not the light 1%.
  • You can serve this dressing immediately after preparing it but it will be much more flavorful after it has been refrigerated as the flavors meld together.
  • This salad dressing will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 44kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 107mg

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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Diana Berry

Saturday 19th of August 2023

Hi Dahn I just wanted to update my review on this salad dressing. I had made my own buttermilk dressing for the first time when I first reviewed this. Unfortunately it being my first time at making the buttermilk the dressing didn’t quite come out properly. However, The final result was still delicious. Now that I have made this homemade buttermilk many times it is no longer ‘thin’ and your dressing is thick and scrum delicious!!! Seriously I hope more people have had a chance to try your Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing

Dahn Boquist

Saturday 19th of August 2023

Thanks Diana, I'm glad you got it to turn out well. It really is a flavorful dressing. Thanks for the comment.

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