Homemade Ranch Dressing

I’ve been meaning to share this amazing Homemade Ranch Dressing with you guys for a while.

Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I absolutely love this Ranch.  Well, to be fair, I just love Ranch.  A lot.  I know: shocking, right?

But, do you know who doesn’t like Ranch?  (Or, should I say didn’t?)


I know: shocking, right?

Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I mean…the man grew up in Dallas for crying out loud!  He loves okra and brisket and BBQ and all that Texas stuff.

He doesn’t like baked beans, iced tea or coleslaw, however.  Don’t get me started on that.

Well, he thought he didn’t like Ranch Dressing either.  Until he tried this Homemade Ranch Dressing.

Just like he thought he didn’t like Tomato Soup or Tuna Melts or Chicken Cacciatore or Pad Thai or Mashed Potatoes.  But tasty food has a way of changing minds.

And this, my friends, is tasty food.

Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe and images by Lacey Baier, a sweet pea chef

I mean, it’s just Ranch, right?  Super easy to make?  Goes on salads, sandwiches and veggies?  Are we talking about the same thing here?

Yes!  Try it out for yourselves and tell me it isn’t amazing.

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman

1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
4-6 tbsp. buttermilk, as needed for desired consistency
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more to taste
Optional additions: white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, fresh dill, cayenne pepper, oregano, Tabasco (all to taste)


Mince the garlic with a knife. Sprinkle kosher salt over minced garlic and mash it into a paste with a fork or knife.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine all ingredients (adding any optional ingredients as you wish), tasting frequently and adjusting seasonings as needed.

Chill for a couple of hours before serving, if desired. Thin with buttermilk if needed.

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About the author: My name is Lacey and I’m so glad you’re here. I am a foodie, a photographer, a chef, and a project manager at a local tech start-up in Austin. But, most importantly, I am the mother of three adorable little kiddos (Jordan, Savannah and Hunter) and am madly in love with and married to my high school sweetheart, Dustin.

6 comments… add one

  1. Carolyn January 16, 2012, 11:16 am

    Lacey, how long will this last in the refrigerator? It looks wonderful. Thanks.

  2. jenny schmidt January 18, 2012, 11:43 am

    Can’t WAIT try to this homemade recipe. We love ranch in our household, we put it on everything from salads, to chicken strips, to pizza!! This sounds wonderful :)

  3. Helen January 22, 2012, 9:54 pm

    My mom would love this recipe. I can’t wait to impress her once again. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Joey January 23, 2012, 9:47 am

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’m off to the kitchen now and will try this.

  5. Tana January 26, 2012, 3:22 am

    Thank you for sharing the recipe..I love your dressing..Sounds really delicious..


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