For years, I had no idea it was possible to make ranch dressing homemade. I had no clue what was in the stuff. Where do I even begin to make it homemade in order to avoid all the ingredients I can’t pronounce?
Back when I was in Texas eons ago, I had been invited over to someone’s home for dinner and my host said all she needed to do was make the ranch dressing. I had expected her to just open a packet and add it to either mayonnaise or sour cream. Nope!
She mixed mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, and a bunch of dried herbs and spices together. I was shocked. Could it really be that easy? Turns out it was. Game changer that night in her Texas kitchen.Now, I have to be honest, I still go for convenience at times and open a bottle. But I sure do love homemade. Then when I decided I needed to be a bit healthier in my eating, I started swapping out the sour cream and some of the mayo for greek yogurt. The tang is still there, as is the creaminess, but there is a little less fat. Now I still use some mayo because a non-fat ranch is just, well, gross. There I said it.
With all the games going on and all the appetizers I have been making, a batch of homemade ranch was needed and I decided I really should share it with y’all. (The Texan seeps out from time to time.)
Homemade Ranch Dressing/Dip
- 3/4 cup greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 garlic clove; minced or 1/4 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 tbsp fresh chives; chopped finely
- 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley; chopped finely
- 1/4 tsp dried dill , chopped (up to 1/2 tsp if you love dill)
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp dried mustard
- 2 drops Worcestershire sauce
- Pinch of table salt
- All the above
- 1/8-1/4 cup buttermilk
Mix everything together.
Cover and chill until ready to be used.
Stir or shake before using.