Ranch dressing is a kitchen staple at my house. We all love it from a bottle, jar, or packet, but we really love it homemade, from scratch.
Ranch dressing seems complicated to make, at least it did to me. I thought to myself, what is ranch flavor and how do I recreate it (Ranch Doritos popped in my head)? Garlic, and onion (I guess) but there has to be more to it… and can you make it from scratch?! Well, let me tell you, after a little trial and error, I have a pretty yummy ranch dressing to share. Let me warn you though, this will taste creamy and fresh, and the spices/seasonings fresh tasting. So if you are expecting this to taste like the packet or bottle, this is not for you.
This ranch is made with pretty simple ingredients (I bet you have most of them on hand right now!). The dressing has amazing flavor, a fresh smooth texture and a perfect garlic-dill blend that will become your new favorite dressing!
You will need mayo (not miracle whip), sour cream, and milk (I used 2%) for your base. Then for seasonings you will need onion powder, garlic powder, garlic salt, kosher salt, dried dill weed, dried chives, and dried parsley and small squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Notice the herbs and spices are all dried, but I promise the flavor still tastes so fresh! I went with what I had in my cupboard, and loved the end result. The flavors are perfectly balanced. You can taste the garlic but it is subtle and blends perfectly with the onion and dill! If you are not a fan of dill, leave it out and add more garlic. This recipe can easily be changed to your liking.
To make it, just add all the ingredients together and enjoy! Store it in a tightly sealed container in your refrigerator for up to a week!
I love this on a salad (obviously), but also found myself dipping breadsticks and French bread in it. Ranch really is good with everything…am I right?
Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 3/4 cup mayo NOT miracle whip or Light Mayo
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup milk see note
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic power
- 1/2 tsp garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp dried dill weed see note
- 1 tsp dried chives
- 1/2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice or more to taste
- Mix all of the ingredients toghether and stir until all seasonings are mixed well.
- Refrigerate for up to a week in an airtight container.
- Make sure you use mayonnaise. Not Miracle Whip. I would not recommend using a light mayo. The dressing needs the full fat to achieve the right consistency and flavor.
- I used 2% milk, and any milk can be used, just note that the thickness may vary depending on milk used.
- Dried dill has a strong flavor. Adjust according to taste, or leave it out completely if desired.
- Lemon juice is needed to add a touch of acidity. You can adjust this to your needs as well.