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Homemade Ranch Dressing — Perfect for that Steakhouse Salad!

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This salad is perfect and complete because of the delicious homemade ranch dressing on top! Read below to get the recipe and learn how simple and easy it is to make your own.

For the last few years, I have been making my own homemade dressings and spice mixes. Since I discovered how easy it is, and it tastes so much better, I haven't even considered store-bought.

One of the most popular dressing recipes on my site is my Copycat Olive Garden dressing.

Steakhouse Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

I recently played around with some of my favorite spices to create the best homemade ranch dressing you will ever put on your salad. 

This dressing uses simple store-bought ingredients — mayonnaise, sour cream, and buttermilk. Then, using everyday spices, you will create the yummiest dressing ever!

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing

Steakhouse Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

It's as simple as mixing it all together and pouring it over your favorite salad. I usually like to make a steakhouse salad. When my husband makes steaks for dinner, I can take my steak and turn it into two meals — ribeye steak one night, and steakhouse salad the next day for lunch.

So — what goes on a steakhouse salad?

I like to load mine up with all the good things — fresh heirloom baby tomatoes, fresh sliced avocado, homemade croutons, feta cheese, sliced green onions, and a big piece of red meat — preferably filet mignon or a ribeye steak. 

Steakhouse Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Then, I top it with this amazing homemade ranch dressing and all is right with the world. As I said, this is the best ranch dressing you will ever taste, and the longer it sits in the refrigerator, the better it gets.

You can also use this as a ranch dip. Simply add less liquid and it becomes a yummy dip for your favorite vegetables. 

How Long Does Homemade Ranch Dressing Last?

Homemade dressing does not last as long as the stuff at the grocery store. That stuff is full of preservatives and homemade is not. You can expect your dressing to last up to 3-4 weeks if kept tightly covered in the refrigerator. I just usually store mine in a Ball mason jar.

steakhouse salad with homemade ranch dressing

What if I Don't Have Buttermilk on Hand?

That's not a big deal! Simply take your regular milk and add white distilled vinegar or lemon juice to it and stir. It will turn into buttermilk all on its own!

The usual approach is to stir distilled vinegar or lemon juice into milk (1 tablespoon per cup) and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes to thicken before proceeding with the recipe. You can see my post here.

Store your dressing in these fun little bottles I found on Amazon.

Let me know if you have any more questions on how to make your own homemade ranch dressing.

Check Out These Other Homemade Dressing Recipes

Yield: 2 cups

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Steakhouse Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing

This homemade ranch dressing will leave you drooling and tossing the store-bought bottle!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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April Driggers

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

Saw this shared on Southern Bite -- gotta give it a try

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Thanks. You will love it. It is our favorite dressing.


Thursday 5th of September 2019

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Krystel | Frugal Living

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

I’m definitely saving this to try. It looks so good and you’ve don’t a great job convincing me!

Ruth I

Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Oh wow. I love ranch dressing and always buy in the store. It will be much better to make some, I will know that the ingredients are good and I can also adjust the taste. Thank you for this!


Tuesday 19th of March 2019

Homemade ranch dressing is THE best. I go through it quickly!

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