How to Make a Creamy Homemade Ranch Dressing

You absolutely won’t believe how easy it is to make a creamy ranch dressing at home. Most likely the ingredients are in your fridge and cabinets now. Our version adds lemon juice, hot sauce, and fresh parsley to brighten the flavors.

This recipe is adaptable for different eating lifestyles. Following Paleo? Use a compliant mayo and swap the sour cream for full-fat canned coconut milk. To make this Keto-friendly, use almond milk or a slightly watered down heavy cream instead of milk to thin the dressing.

Whether drizzled on a salad or served in a bowl alongside fresh veggies or Buffalo wings on game day, this super easy homemade ranch dressing is going to become a staple in your kitchen.


  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk, optional


1. Gather the ingredients.

2. Mix ingredients, except the milk, together.

3. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for an hour (this can also be served immediately but the flavors won’t be as bright). If the dressing is too thick, slowly add the milk.

4. Enjoy!

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Don Purina - Sep 7, 2019
Can you use Tampico Hot Sauce?.
Suzanne Mohme - Sep 6, 2019
I make mine very similar except 1=1 on Mayonaise and Buttermilk. No sour cream. I also use celery salt instead of regular salt
Cynthia Lo Masney - Sep 5, 2019
Cynthia Lo Masney-Sept.5,2019
Just in time for Football Season ! My Grandson loves Ranch Dressing. He puts it on everything.....wings of course...sandwiches and pizza !!! I can't wait to make this for him !!!
Thanks for another interesting and great recipe !!!
Suzy MacFarland - over a year ago
If you want your dressing to last longer, use buttermilk. I would say to replace the sour cream with buttermilk and add no regular milk. It has a preservative quality which is why I use it in most of my breads and cakes. Also the lemon juice acts as a preservative. I would imagine that this dressing might last because you will probably use it all up before there is a concern.: )
michele fitch - over a year ago
how long will this last in the refrigerator?
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