Our Favorite Ranch Dressing

Our Favorite Ranch Dressing


A couple of years ago, I decided I didn’t want to buy any more salad dressings. They’re fairly expensive and I don’t like the long list of ingredients. Vinaigrettes were easy to master, Caesar was a piece of cake, even a Catalina French dressing wasn’t too hard to figure out. But a perfect ranch dressing seemed impossible! And it’s our staple salad dressing around here since it also makes such a great dip.

After searching high and low, trying tons of recipes, and figuring out we are not big on dill in ranch dressing, I found this one and have adapted it slightly to account for our family’s tastes and what we usually have on hand.





Ranch Dressing
Adapted from The New Best Recipe


  • 1 small clove garlic, minced very fine
  • 1-2 tablespoons red bell pepper, minced
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 green onion, sliced fine
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in a pint jar. Stir to combine.

This will last about a week, tightly covered, in the fridge.