Ranch dressing is a popular creamy salad dressing and condiment that originated in the United States. It is typically made from a combination of buttermilk, mayonnaise, various herbs (such as parsley, dill, and chives), and spices (including garlic, onion, and black pepper). The dressing often has a tangy and savory flavor profile.

Ranch Dressing

Recipe by caion


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Ranch dressing was first created by a man named Steve Henson in the early 1950s. He and his wife Gayle started serving it on their dude ranch in Santa Barbara, California, which eventually led to its name, “ranch dressing.”


  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried chives)

  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill, finely chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill)

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika (optional, for color and added flavor)


  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise and buttermilk. Whisk them together until smooth and well combined.
  • Add the chopped parsley, chives, and dill to the bowl. If you’re using dried herbs instead, adjust the amount to your taste preference.
  • Stir in the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and paprika (if using). Mix everything thoroughly until the herbs and spices are evenly distributed throughout the dressing.
  • Taste the ranch dressing and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add more salt, herbs, or spices according to your preference.
  • Once you’re satisfied with the flavor, transfer the dressing to a clean container with a lid.
  • Cover the container and refrigerate the ranch dressing for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Your homemade ranch dressing is ready to serve! Enjoy it as a dip for veggies, chicken wings, or as a delicious dressing for salads, sandwiches, and more.

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