• Buttermilk: for tang and creaminess (you can substitute with milk in a pinch)
  • Sour cream: for richness
  • Mayonnaise: for creaminess
  • Fresh herbs: parsley, chives, and dill (dried herbs work too)
  • Garlic: fresh is best, but garlic powder works in a pinch
  • Lemon juice: for a bit of acidity (optional)
  • Salt and pepper: to taste


  1. Whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  2. Add the herbs, garlic, lemon juice (if using), salt, and pepper.
  3. Whisk until well combined.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes for the flavors to meld.

Here are some tips for customizing your ranch dressing:

  • For a thicker dressing, use less buttermilk or milk.
  • For a thinner dressing, use more buttermilk or milk.
  • Want more of a garlicky kick? Add more garlic!
  • Love dill? Add more dill!
  • Feeling spicy? Add a pinch of cayenne pepper.