Ranch Dip/Dressing

Been keeping a low profile in the kitchen this weekend. After the three day long bake sale I am all cooked out, so I have been sticking to some old standbys for our lunches and dinners. Today I made a simple lunch of Easy Mac and Cheese and a platter of raw veggies with some homemade Ranch Dip/Dressing, and fresh cantaloupe. As I had stated in an earlier post, I am enjoying homemade versions of salad dressings and this Ranch Dip is a family favorite. My Pacific-Northwest hubby says that this dip reminds him of Uncle Dan’s, a brand of ranch dip he grew up with. While I am waiting for my fresh herbs to come in strong, I used dried herbs with great success and convenience. When I am mixing up a batch of this dip I go ahead and prepare two more “dry” mixes to save for future use. I use the smallest containers I can find (see lower right corner in picture) and place the dried herbs in them to mix later with the mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk. These mixes also make nice hostess gifts with a pretty instruction label attached.

Ranch Dressing/Dip
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk, only 1/4 cup if making dip
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 t. dried chives
1/2 t. dried parsley
1/2 t. dried dill weed
1/4 t. garlic powder
1 t. dried onion flakes
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/4 t. ground black pepper

Whisk all together and chill for at least 2 hours. This can be used as a dressing or a veggie dip.

Note- To use fresh herbs, triple the amount called for, keeping the salt and pepper the same.


  1. Nicole
    Posted May 28, 2008 at 9:13 PM | Permalink

    This is great! I don’t care much for bottled dressing but do often make ranch with the packets. But this would be even better.

  2. Robin Sue
    Posted May 29, 2008 at 10:05 PM | Permalink

    Nicole- hey thanks! It is yummy.

  3. Heath Bond
    Posted August 30, 2012 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

    I am assuming the “t” stands for teaspoon? I don’t like to assume things, my luck usually has me making the wrong one.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted August 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM | Permalink

      Yes the little t is teaspoon and the big T is tablespoon. I have to get into a better habit of doing those properly. I used to say a cube of butter, but that is really too old fashion for stick of butter and doesn’t translate well for other countries! Enjoy the recipe! Robin

  4. Frances
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM | Permalink

    Will definitely be making this one and already know it’s a keeper. I’ve been looking without success for bottled ranch dressings without guar gum or whatever it is that gives that slimy (?) taste in what seems like all of the ranch-type dressings nowadays. Thank you for sharing. I hope your family realizes how very blessed they are.

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