Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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Editor's Note: It is a universal truth that a fresh green salad or a plate of chicken wings simply must be accompanied by Buttermilk Ranch Dressing. Creamy, rich, and with the perfect amount of seasoning, this beloved salad dressing is always a crowd-pleaser. If you have always wanted to try a new take on this beloved classic, then this easy salad dressing recipe is for you! With this recipe, you'll discover how truly easy it to make your own dressing from scratch. Family and friends will be impressed when you bring a jar of this dressing to your next potluck or game day party.

A really good alternative to that ever-popular staple, this is the cleanest version around! It keeps for a week or more, if stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.



Kid FriendlyYes

Occasional Fresco, Buffet, Buffet Meal, Card Night, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get Together, Game Day, March Madness, Picnic

Dietary ConsiderationGluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and TextureCreamy, Garlicky, Tangy

Type of DishDressing


  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (any kind)
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Measure all ingredients except the black pepper into a small bowl or a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

  2. Use a small whisk to mix until uniform.

  3. Taste to adjust salt and grind in some black pepper to taste.

  4. Cover tightly, and refrigerate until use. Immediately before using, shake well or stir from the bottom.


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