Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing with equal parts base of mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk mixed with dried herbs.

This recipe for Buttermilk Ranch Dressing creates a creamy and flavorful homemade dressing, perfect for salads, dipping vegetables, or as a condiment for various dishes. The base of the dressing is a harmonious blend of mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk, creating a rich and smooth texture. To this, a carefully selected mix of dried herbs and spices is added: chives, parsley, and dill provide a fresh, herby flavor, while garlic and onion powders contribute a savory depth. Ground black pepper adds a slight heat and complexity, and the optional monosodium glutamate (MSG) enhances the umami profile. The preparation is simple: all ingredients are whisked together in a medium-sized bowl until perfectly blended, then transferred to an airtight container and refrigerated. Allowing the dressing to rest for at least an hour before serving is crucial, as it lets the flavors meld together, resulting in a more cohesive and developed taste profile. This dressing is a versatile addition to any culinary repertoire, offering a homemade touch that easily surpasses store-bought alternatives.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon MSG


  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk until smooth.
  2. Add dried chives, dried parsley, dried dill, garlic powder, onion powder, MSG (if using), and black pepper. Mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  3. Pour the dressing into an airtight container.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow flavors to meld.

Mix together the mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk. Stir in the dried herbs thoroughly.

Chill in the refrigerator.