I don’t think I even knew other salad dressings existed until I was about in high school. My Mom’s Homemade Ranch Dressing was the only salad dressing in our fridge. We ate it on salad, baked potatoes, tacos and anything else we felt needed a little zip! Soooo, soooo good!
If you’ve never had homemade ranch dressing before you are in for a treat. I have tasted a few other homemade ranch dressings and I am telling you this one is by far and above THE BEST!!! The recipe uses buttermilk and a little seasoning called Bon Appetite (or Beau Monde) which really sets it apart from other recipes.
My mom made ranch dressing by the quart. A quart would last our family of nine for about a week. I make it by the pint and depending on what we are using it for, a pint lasts my family anywhere from a week to two weeks.
More Awesome Homemade Salad Dressings:
- Homemade Catalina Salad Dressing (Delicious on Taco Salad)
- (Semi) Homemade Italian Salad Dressing
- Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing
- Sunshine Salad (The citrus dressing in this recipe is AWESOME!)
How to make homemade ranch dressing
Frequently asked questions about making Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing
How do you make ranch dressing from scratch?
The two main ingredients to make ranch from scratch are buttermilk and mayonnaise. The rest is a combination of spices including dried onion, parsley, garlic salt, pepper, and a unique spice blend called Bon Appetit or Beau Monde. The Bon Appetit/Beau Monde really adds a unique flavor, setting my Mom’s Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe apart from others and in my opinion, it’s the best!
can you substitute milk for buttermilk?
Unfortunately, what really gives this recipe that familiar ranch flavor is the buttermilk. It adds a tang that regular milk just can’t.
how long will this ranch stay good in the refrigerator?
I don’t recommend keeping it in the refrigerator for more than two weeks, but technically you can keep it in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. It will still be good but the flavor changes slightly. It doesn’t taste quite as fresh.
can this be made into a dip?
Yes, instead of adding buttermilk, you can mix sour cream with the mayonnaise and the other ingredients to make a dip. When I make it as a dip, I also add in 3-4 drops of red wine vinegar. It just gives it an extra pep of deliciousness.
What’s the best container to make this in?
I prefer to use a Tupperware salad dressing shaker but you can also mix this up in a blender or whisk it together in a bowl.
- 1 cup mayonnaise, (Do not use Miracle Whip)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- ½ tbsp dried onion
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp garlic salt
- ¼ tsp Bon Appetit or Beau Monde (seasoning mix McCormick brand)
- ⅛ tsp ground black pepper
- In a salad dressing shaker or in a quart sized bowl, combine all ingredients and shake well until mixed or whisk if using a bowl.
- Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until thick.
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