Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

If you have ranch dressing from a packet in your pantry, toss it out. This homemade buttermilk ranch dressing uses fresh herbs and everyday spices for an easy ranch dressing recipe that adds zip to your salads, punch to your crudite platter and oomph to your sandwiches.  Once you’ve made ranch dressing from scratch you’ll never go back.


mixing mayonnaise with buttermilk and adding lemon zest and spices.

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The Publican’s Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

I admit, this isn’t my recipe. It’s actually a restaurant ranch dressing recipe, from The Publican a bar/restaurant in Chicago.  No, I’ve never been there, but after gobbling up their cookbook, The Publican – Repast and Present, Recipes and Ramblings from an American Beer Hall,  this weekend, I want to. This is pub food elevated — WAY elevated.  Approachable, mouthwatering, honest food that had me doing Travelocity searches for flights to Illinois. (I am currently planning my travel bucket list, not by destinations, but by restaurants I have to try.)

whisking ingredients for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

So you’re probably thinking — that’s a pretty big preamble for a homemade buttermilk ranch dressing — is that the ONLY THING that caught your eye?  Well no. It’s just the only thing that fit the ingredients currently residing in my kitchen. Plus, my family loves ranch dressing from scratch, so win-win, right? I happened to have all the herbs because I’ve been on an herb omelette kick lately, but if you’ve got an herb garden — then you HAVE to make this easy ranch dressing recipe. I don’t think I could forgive you if you didn’t.


fresh herbs including chives, parsley mint and sage.

Ingredients for Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:

Ok, so this might look like a daunting list — but (and maybe this is just me) most of them are standard things that you’ve probably already got in your pantry.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Buttermilk
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Sugar
  • Fish Sauce (Nam Pla)
  • Lemon Zest
  • Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Fresh Chives
  • Fresh Tarragon
  • Fresh Oregano
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

infusing ranch dressing with herbs for a homemade taste.


This is one of those mix it all in one bowl easy ranch dressing recipes. The only thing I’ll caution you on is the herbs.  Do not substitute dried herbs for fresh. The fresh herbs make all the difference in this homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. The  measurements for dried herbs would be less than the amount of fresh herbs called for because they’re stronger and more concentrated. Plus, if you’re using dried herbs — you might as well make the ranch dressing from a packet. ๐Ÿ™„

homemade dressing in a canning jar.

I stored the homemade buttermilk ranch dressing in a large mason jar in the fridge and once my family determined what it was, it didn’t last three days.  Suddenly, salads became a very cool thing to eat. We literally had salad with a piece of grilled meat/fish two days in a row — at their request. I don’t know about your world, but that doesn’t happen in mine. This easy ranch dressing recipe has street cred in my book.


Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing with a salad.

I’m planning on testing out more Publican recipes  and sharing them with you, including their jaw dropping chicken — so simple and  yet SO GOOD.  

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Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Creamy, tangy with a bit of zip, this Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is the real deal.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk, herbs, homemade salad dressing, ranch
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 32


  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I like Hellman's or Duke's)
  • ½ cup buttermilk shaken
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon fish sauce (nam pla)
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh chives chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh tarragon chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon fresh oregano chopped
  • kosher salt to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, garlic powder, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, cayenne, Dijon, sugar, fish sauce, lemon zest, lemon juice, parsley, chives, tarragon and oregano.  Whisk together until smooth and creamy.  
  • Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper as needed.
  • Transfer the dressing to a glass container with a lid (I use a canning jar) and refrigerate for several hours so the flavors can marry and the dressing thickens. Serve over salad or with crudite.
  • Dressing will keep up to one week in the refrigerator.



Calories: 51kcal | Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 11mg | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. Amy | The Cook Report says:

    When I lived in the states I became obsessed with ranch dressing but it’s quite hard to get hold of here in the UK, I need to give this recipe a try!

    1. Definitely try it if you love ranch dressing!

  2. 5 stars
    Nothing beats a traditional Buttermilk Ranch dressing made from scratch. Yum Lisa! I want to make this and dip everything in in…starting with french fries ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just pinned!

  3. 5 stars
    I’m going to try this. I’ve been looking for a good “restaurant style” homemade Ranch dressing. It’s about 1,000 times better than the packet or buying it in a bottle!

    1. I hope you enjoy it, Jill! Homemade is always better than the bottle.

  4. Kelly Anthony says:

    5 stars
    Homemade ranch dressing is SO much better than the bottle. Love the buttermilk touch! Wish I had some for my salad today!!