Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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This easy to make buttermilk ranch dressing is simply made with a few pantry staples. Using sour cream, buttermilk, and a handful of spices, it can be put together in about 5 minutes!

buttermilk ranch dressing on a salad in a white bowl

Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing

So yeah… buttermilk is probably not a pantry staple for most people. However, I had a bunch leftover from making my Irish Soda bread recipe.

And so, I decided to use it up in a salad dressing.

When the herb garden starts to produce again, the fresh herbs will replace the dried variety in this recipe. And it is soooo good!

But in the middle of winter, this salad dressing version is equally delicious.

How long will this salad dressing last?

This dressing should stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Maybe a tiny bit longer if you must. But I wouldn’t recommend keeping it in storage for too long.

And actually, letting it sit overnight adds to the delicious flavor!

Using an airtight storage lid is helpful for prolonging freshness of the salad dressing.

I use these glass lock storage bowls for food storage and they’re fantastic. In fact, I’ve had them for the last 4 years and they’re still going strong!

pouring the buttermilk ranch over a salad from a small cruet

Other Ways to Use this Dressing

Worried about not being able to use up your homemade dressing before it loses freshness? Never fear, I have a few yummy ideas to share with you!

With buttermilk ranch dressing being one of the most popular choices out there, there are also so many awesome ways to use it up.

Of course there is the traditional salad or even fresh veggies to dip in this creamy dressing. But here are a few more to inspire you:

  • Use it in a veggie wrap for a kick of flavor
  • Or on your favorite sandwich like turkey or chicken
  • Dip pizza ends in it
  • Or a common thing to do here in the midwest is to dip your fries in it!
  • Make chicken wings to pair with this ranch
  • Add in blue cheese crumbles for a blue cheese dressing

Endless possibilities! What are your favorite ways to use buttermilk ranch dressing?

buttermilk ranch dressing on a salad in a white bowl

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

This buttermilk ranch dressing is easy to make, creamy and full of flavor. Serve it up with your favorite veggies or on top of your salad!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Mary Woita
Servings 8
Calories: 63kcal


  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry dill
  • 3/4 teaspoons fresh cracked pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup buttermilk depending on desired thickness


  • In a medium size bowl, add the sour cream, garlic powder, onion powder, dried dill, salt, and fresh cracked black pepper.
  • Mix well.
  • Slowly combine 1/4 cup at a time of the buttermilk until desired consistency is reached.


Using 1/4 cup of the buttermilk is a perfectly thick consistency that I like to use for a dip with veggies. Adding in an additional 1/4 cup of the buttermilk is a perfect salad dressing consistency.
But if you’d like to make it a little more thin, add a bit more until your preferred consistency is reached.

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