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Best Ranch Dressing Recipes

Best Ranch Dressing Recipes

Top Rated Ranch Dressing Recipes

This recipe is courtesy of The Daily Meal Staff

This recipe for Buffalo chicken casserole is a hearty and comforting dish, topped with ritz crackers and butter for a crispy and delicious finish.

This recipe wraps everything good in the world — chicken, bacon, cheese, avocado and more — up in a tortilla with ranch dressing.Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Store-bought buffalo sauce is doused over cauliflower florets before baking for a flavorful and brilliant spin on the starchy vegetable. Recipe courtesy of Bits and Bites

If you're looking for a light side dish that's still comforting, try this potato and cauliflower salad, tossed with bacon, hard-boiled eggs and celery. Recipe courtesy of Ready Set Eat

Okra is a staple of the South, and it gets even more of a Southern kick when it's dusted in cornmeal and deep-fried.For this dish and more, check out 10 recipes Southerners always have on their Thanksgiving table.

While normal ranch is laden with fats and additives, this yogurt-based alternative is a healthy way to make your salad more satisfying.

This recipe is courtesy of The Daily Meal Staff

I love to serve the best food possible when I entertain. This dip has never seemed to disappoint my guests. It’s best when served in the winter months, only because it’s a very heavy dish.

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Who doesn’t love a delicious buffalo chicken dip at a party? It is creamy, delicious, a little spicy, and extremely flavorful. But when it is loaded with a few different types of cheese, this dip can get pretty fattening, pretty quickly. We’ve lightened up this recipe for you so you can thoroughly enjoy this essential party food without the guilt.Click here for more of the 101 Best Slow Cooker Recipes

The concept is simple: Take a crispy fried chicken tender, wrap it in a flour tortilla, and smother it in creamy dressing. Well, there are one or two things we’re leaving out, but you get the gist.See all wrap recipes. Click here to see How to Make Fast Food at Home.


The Very Best Ranch Dressing

I made it my mission to come up with the very best ranch dressing recipe, and today I am sharing it with you. It is bursting with fresh herbaceous zesty flavor. It is creamy without being too heavy, and it has that authentic ranch taste. This ranch dressing is so good that you might be searching your home for things to dip in it… or just eating spoonfuls from the jar.

Something happens when you move to the Midwest – you become obsessed with ranch dressing. We put it on salads, we put it on pizza, and we dip fried cheese curds in it. My love of ranch has grown since I have moved to Chicago.

It turns out that ranch dressing only takes 5 minutes to prepare from scratch, and it tastes way better than dressing made with those seasoning packets that I used to be obsessed with!

There are a couple things to note. You want to use a high quality mayonnaise, and I recommend against using a low fat mayonnaise. The same goes for the sour cream – you want the real thick stuff. Don’t worry, I do add some Greek yogurt ranch dressing to make things a little healthier. I added just enough Greek to cut out some fat and calories, without you being able to taste it. This ranch dressing tastes like an authentic ranch dressing, not a yogurt dressing.

The other really important thing is that you want to use fresh parsley, chives, and garlic. Dried parsley just doesn’t taste like much, the same goes for chives. I like to use a combination of fresh garlic and garlic powder since I think they each have their own distinct taste. You could opt to add roasted garlic to the dressing to make a roasted garlic ranch, which would be amazing. (click here for the recipe for my delicious superfood salad with crispy chicken which is pictured above).

When I was researching ranch dressing I learned that there are very differing opinions regarding how much dill belongs in a ranch dressing. I used a medium amount of dill, and you can opt to add more if you like. Some recipes had as little as a teaspoon while other called for 2 tablespoons. I added 1 tablespoon and thought it was just the right amount.

If you want to serve this dressing as a dip, just add less buttermilk! I recommend adding the buttermilk last, and making the dressing as thick or as thin as you like it. The dressing may thicken a little while it sits in the fridge, and you might want to add a little more buttermilk and stir it in before serving.

This dressing can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, but you will probably eat it all before then. A full batch is shown in the images, it is just enough to fill a 16 ounce mason jar.


Best-Ever Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk and Greek yogurt give this creamy ranch dressing its "Best-Ever" status.

  1. In blender, puree buttermilk, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, garlic, pinch sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until smooth.
  2. Add parsley and chives pulse until just finely chopped.
  3. Keeps, refrigerated, up to 2 weeks. Dressing may separate stir before using.

Spice up your Best-Ever Ranch with one of these flavorful variations:

Avocado-Lime: In step 1, replace lemon juice with 3 tablespoons lime juice and replace salt with 3 tablespoons soy sauce replace yogurt and Dijon with 1 small ripe avocado. Makes about 2 cups.

Spicy Chipotle: In step 1, add 2 small chipotles in adobo. In step 2, replace parsley with cilantro. Makes about 2 1/3 cups.

Green Goddess: In step 1, add 4 anchovies (or 2 teaspoon anchovy paste). In step 2, add 1/4 cup packed basil and 3 tablespoons tarragon. Makes about 2 1/3 cups.


The Best Ranch Dressings, Ranked

We're no strangers to ranch. We put it on our salads, on our chicken nuggets, and definitely on our pickle pizza. We can't get enough of the stuff! In fact, we've even had a ranch fountain! (That was a VERY happy day in the office.) Suffice to say, we have strong opinions about the stuff. Recently we held a tasting to determine which of America's top ranch brands reign supreme. Read on to see if your favorite made the list.

Most tasters found this dressing to be well balanced, though others found it to be slightly too thin. Garlic, onion, and black pepper flavors were all represented, though they were subtle. A classic that'll never let you down.

This was one of the more flavorful dressings in the bunch. Garlic was the most prominent flavor, with notes of onion and lemon. There was a sort of cheesiness our tasters detected, which was a good thing . to some people. Overall, a solid dressing.

Tasters were big fans of this super flavorful ranch with prominent notes of garlic and lemon. The thick texture makes it great for dipping.

This was my personal favorite of the bunch! Much lighter than the others and VERY heavy handed on the black pepper. This is the perfect thickness for dressing a salad, with a bright flavor and a super creamy texture. Some tasters found that this one lacked tang, though most commented that they liked the pepper.

This one was a real crowd pleaser. Everyone loved the flavor: a balance of herbs, garlic, and tangy buttermilk flavor. The consistency was spot on, and it had the lowest calorie count of all the dressings on this list. Guilt-free snacking? We dig it!

Now THIS was a curveball! Tasters had one thing to say about this dressing: it's nostalgic. In fact, many guessed it was Hidden Valley. It's SUPER creamy, and has all the quintessential ranch flavors. Looking for that classic ranch flavor? Then you gotta go with this one.


The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)


I’m so excited to share this 3 ingredient dressing! Your search is over…This is the most amazing, easy to make, gluten-free, skinny ranch dressing. It tastes just as good as any high-fat dressing but with a fraction of the fat and calories. In the past, I’ve shared my skinny ranch dressing recipe but it called for many dry ingredients. In addition, you needed xanthan gum to thicken it. I got back in the kitchen and created a new, easier, and much skinnier recipe. Each 2 tablespoons serving has just 30 calories, 1.8 grams of fat and 1 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 1 Green . So delicious as a dressing, dip, topping for potatoes, and more. The possibilities are endless. I always have some on hand in my refrigerator. It’s a must-try.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients

½ cup Best Foods (Hellmans) light mayonnaise, see shopping tips

1 oz package Hidden Valley Ranch Original Ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix (do not use buttermilk mix)


Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients. Using a whisk, mix together until completely blended.

2. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes to thicken, before using. To thicken quicker, place in freezer and set timer for 15 minutes. Store dressing in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks. The shelf life depends on the expiration date of your buttermilk.

Makes 2¼ cups total, each serving 2 tablespoons.


Food Facts

The original ranch dressing was created in the 1950s by Steve and Gayle Henson at their dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California. It was called the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch. Today ranch dressing dominates the dressing aisle of the supermarket. And it’s gluten-free!

Buttermilk, in the old days, was the liquid left over after butter was churned. Today it’s nonfat or reduced-fat milk that has been treated with special bacteria which causes the milk to thicken and gain a tangy flavor.


Healthy Benefits

This dressing contains a lot of buttermilk, which, despite its name, contains very little fat. It is loaded with bone-building calcium and has a great deal of vitamin-B, which facilitates nerve function and promotes healthy skin and good vision. Buttermilk, even if the container doesn’t say it is low fat.


Shopping Tips

Best Foods Light Mayonnaise (Hellmans) is the only brand I recommend. I’ve tried several different brands and Best Foods Mayonnaise is the best tasting for this recipe! Best Foods Canola Mayonnaise also taste great for this recipe.

*Be sure to use a package of Hidden Valley The Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix. It’s a 1 oz pkg. Do not use the Buttermilk package. It’s much smaller than 1 oz. The dressing won’t end up be thick enough or flavorful enough!

I love using these reusable deli containers to store this dressing.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 1- Blue
WW SmartPoints
1- Green

WW POINTS PLUS 1


Ranch Dressing Recipe 

This creamy homemade ranch dressing recipe will become a family favorite.  What makes this so wonderful, is when you want to make a batch, the dry ingredients are already mixed together.  All you have to do is add the wet ingredients and place in the refrigerator to chill for a few hours. 

Salads taste so much better with homemade salad dressing.  Offering the best homemade condiment recipes and more.  Be sure to check out more recipes for salad dressing at the end of the page. 

2/3 cup dry buttermilk powder
1/4 cup dry parsley
1-1/2 TBS minced onion flakes
1-1/2 TBS garlic powder
1-1/2 TBS onion powder
3 tsp dried dill
2 tsp dried chives
2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground black pepper

Put the dry ingredients in a glass jar (think Mason) and shake to mix.  Will keep tightly covered in the refrigerator for 3 months.  Give a good shake before using.

3 TBS of this mix = 1 packet store-bought seasoning mix

Ranch Dressing Recipe

For lower fat and calories, you may use light or low fat versions.

1 TBS Dry Ranch Mix (recipe above)
1/3 cup mayonnaise (recipe below)
1/3 cup milk

Whisk ingredients together and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.  Instead of mayonnaise try Greek yogurt for a healthier option.


2-1/2 cups oil, divided
2 eggs, room temperature
6 TBS vinegar
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
2 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp kosher salt
pinch cayenne pepper

Place 1/4 cup of oil, salt, cayenne pepper, mustard and egg into a blender or food processor and pulse until completely blended.

SLOWLY add a thin stream of the remaining canola oil while the appliance is running until all is processed.

Add the lemon juice and vinegar and whip until smooth and creamy. Store in a airtight container in the refrigerator before serving.

One thing that is wonderful dunked in ranch dressing is  potato wedges .  I love ranch mixed with  blue cheese dressing ਏor chicken wings and of course it's the bomb on top of a fresh salad. 


Best ranch dressing recipe

This ranch dressing is great because it doesn’t contain all the chemicals and preservatives that many have. You can also use yogurt instead of sour cream, if you like.

This yogurt ranch dressing is cold, creamy, garlic and delicious over a romaine salad or as a dip for bread or chips.*

Gourmet might not be the word that comes to mind when you think of ranch sauce, but homemade doesn’t look like the bulk packaged stuff on the shelves of the grocery store. This curd is my favorite – it’s gorgeous, creamy, refreshing, garlic, and frankly, good enough to eat straight with the spoon. Try it on a crunchy romaine salad or as a dip for toast, potato chips, or chicken wings.

To prepare it, all you need to do is combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

° 1/4 cup mayonnaise, best quality like Hellmann’s or Duke’s

° 2 garlic cloves, minced (see note)

° 1-1 / 2 teaspoon dried dill

° 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

° 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

° Small batches of Tabasco sauce, optional

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk well. Relax until ready to serve.

Note: the sauce will keep well in the fridge for 3-4 days. The flavor of garlic gets stronger the longer it stays, so you may want to reduce it if you plan on preparing it in advance. The bandage will thicken up as you get the consistency of the bandage.


How to make ranch dressing:

Ingredients
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tablespoons dill
1 tablespoon parsley
1 teaspoon chives
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt

The easiest way to make this delicious Ranch Dressing is to gather all your ingredients together, a medium bowl, a few spoons, and some measuring cups.

You’ll start with some mayonnaise, sour cream, and heavy cream, etc.

If you’re not following a strict keto diet, you can use buttermilk in place of the heavy cream. You’ll save a whole lot of fat and calories.

We’ll also add in some vinegar to give it that tangy zip we all love.

If you’re using buttermilk, a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar will work nicely. If you’re using heavy cream, you’ll want to use two tablespoons of vinegar.

Grab your herbs and add them right in. You’ll want chives, parsley, and loads of dill.

I also add in freshly minced garlic and a bit of onion powder.

Whisk the dressing together and store it in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.

The fresh herbs and garlic mean that you don’t want to keep it past 5 days as they’ll start to spoil.

This low carb ranch dressing tastes best after it’s had a few hours in the fridge for the flavors to really meld together.


HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE RANCH DRESSING

Mix a Ranch Dressing Dip Packet into a 12 oz. Tub of sour cream and mix together.

Next, mix equal parts dill weed, cloves, and parsley together and sprinkle into the bowl.


Pour all the ingredients into a medium size bowl.

Place in the fridge for about an hour so the dressing can thicken up a bit and it will be ready to go.


The Best Homemade Ranch Dressing

My husband enjoys Ranch probably more than any other person I have met. When we first got married, I would only buy Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing, because that was THE brand.

It didn’t take very long for my own tastebuds to change, and I, too, began to scorn the off-brands. Ha!

But one day (after I began my Trim Healthy Mama journey), I decided to try this homemade ranch from Rohnda.

I was amazed as soon as I tasted it, so I gave it to my husband for the true test.

Waiting . . . with bated breath . . . he declared it was amazing! (Whew!)

Now, I never buy Ranch dressing at the store for our family, I just make my own! This truly is the Best Ranch Dressing!

And it is so much healthier than any store-bought dressing I have found! No weird, un-pronounceable ingredients here! All things that you can find at your local grocery store!

Here are Rohnda’s own words, giving a bit of background to her recipe!

“There was a time when nearly every Friday afternoon you could find 3 friends with a dozen or so kids having taco salad together and enjoying a marvelous time. I miss those sweet friends and good times. But in all my beautiful memories, I can’t seem to remember who came up with the Ranch Dressing recipe that we all still use to this day.”

“It has become the recipe that is requested from me the most and so I thought for posterity’s sake and for the ease of sharing, I would post this gem of a dressing recipe for the world to see.”

“It is so simple that a child could do it, so tasty that your husband will love it, and so fresh and cost effective that you may be ruined for store bought Ranch forever.”

This makes a rather thick dressing. You may thin it with water, vinegar, or almond milk to your desired pour-ability.

I (Sarah) usually thin my dressing with a bit of unsweetened almond milk to make it a bit more “pourable.”

This dressing is a wonderful topping for salad, raw vegetables, pickles, pizza, hot wings, … the list goes on. You can even use it to dip your Bacon Pickle Fries!

But if you are planning to let your imagination run wild, you may want to double the recipe!


Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

Classic ranch dressing is a staple in most homes, and for good reason! The creamy, tangy, and very tasty salad dressing ( or dip ) is so versatile and just as suited to dipping fresh veggies, buffalo wings, or pizza into as it is to topping a fresh salad!

One of the best things about ranch dressing, is that the herbs in ranch dressing are common pantry staples that most of us have in our spice racks or cabinets ( in my case ). Fresh herbs are equally wonderful, when available, but either way this homemade ranch dressing takes just minutes to prepare!

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing

To make your ranch dressing, add the mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk ( or buttermilk substitute ) to a medium sized mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the seasoning, including: dried parsley, dried chives, dried dill, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk again until thoroughly combined. *Using the best quality mayo makes a big difference. I use Hellman's brand olive oil based mayo, and I know that Duke's brand is popular in the South.

Once the seasoning has been mixed in, taste and adjust to your liking. Remember that once the dressing has been refrigerated, the flavors will blend together better. *I like to use a food processor or Nutri bullet blender to reduce my spices to a fine consistency.

Ranch Dressing Without Mayonnaise or Without Sour Cream

You can easily skip the mayonnaise in your ranch dressing by increasing the sour cream and buttermilk amounts ( to ¾ cup amounts each ). If you don't want the sour cream taste too tangy, then increase the buttermilk only.

Plain Greek yogurt can also be used as a substitute for mayonnaise or sour cream, and regular milk can be substituted for the buttermilk. If using milk, you get your best creamy ranch results from a higher fat milk, half & half, or heavy cream.

This easy ranch dressing can also be made without sour cream by using increased amounts of mayonnaise and buttermilk ( to ¾ cup amounts each ). To my taste, the mayo is too heavy in this option that is why the equal part buttermilk is needed. The tanginess from the buttermilk offsets the mayo flavor, which regular milk would not be able to do as well.

Ranch Dip Using Cream Cheese

This is one of the best rich and tasty veggie dips out there, but you can also add some shredded cheddar cheese and bake for a hot dip for easy entertaining! Use one brick or 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened at room temperature, with ½ cup of sour cream.

Mix the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth, then add the seasoning as directed below. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Ranch Dressing Using Cottage Cheese This recipe variation is a staple in our home! Greek Yogurt is a next best option for higher protein amounts, but the flavor of cottage cheese works wonderfully. My only requirement here is that the cottage cheese ( I always use small curd ) MUST be broken down using a food processor or Nutri bullet. Pulse, blend, mix until smooth and the curds are no longer visible. Then add your milk of choice to thin to your desired dressing or dip consistency and season as directed below in the recipe card. Note that one crushed garlic clove can be used rather than the garlic powder. Carefully crush the clove, sprinkle it with sea salt and work into a paste before adding it to your base ingredients - then omit the garlic powder and salt in the recipe. To substitute fresh herbs for any of the dried herbs in this recipe: the general rule of thumb is three times the amount of the dried herb. Since dried herbs have a more concentrated flavor, you need to use roughly 2 - 3x the amount of the same fresh herb. So in this recipe, for example, you would triple the dried parsley amount for substituting the fresh herb and use 3 teaspoons rather than the one called for in the recipe card. Add a splash of these great flavor stir-ins to this basic homemade ranch dressing recipe for even more tasty flavor: Fresh Lemon Juice Worcestershire Sauce Apple Cider Vinegar Adobo Sauce ( from chipotle peppers ) Ground Mustard Smoked Paprika Dill Pickle Juice( our personal family favorite ) Or try some of these variations to your ranch dressing: Blue Cheese Ranch - add 2 ounces of blue cheese crumbles and mash them in until nice and creamy Cilantro Lime Ranch - Fresh lime juice ( and zest ) with 2 tsp dried cilantro or 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro Buffalo Ranch - add 1 to 2 tablespoons of buffalo hot sauce ( a hot sauce like Franks Red Hot Sauce, combined with melted butter in a 2:1 ratio, or twice as much hot sauce as melted butter ) Sriracha Ranch - add 1 to 2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce Chili Ranch - add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chili paste (such as Sambal Oelek) Chipotle Ranch - finely chopped ½ chipotle pepper with 1 tsp of the adobo sauce Storing Homemade Ranch Dressing

Your homemade ranch should be stored in an air tight container and kept refrigerated. Stored properly, mixed ranch dressing will last up to one week.

The ranch dressing tends to thicken the longer it is refrigerated. Simply add some buttermilk ( or buttermilk substitute ), milk or water to return your ranch to dressing consistency.