Herbed Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

Whip up this fantastic recipe for ranch dressing, and you'll find that it is as delicious as it is easy to make. It's a simple recipe with complex flavor that also accommodates countless possible combinations, from Blue Cheese Ranch to Avocado Ranch and every flavor in between. Drizzle it onto a salad or pour a dish for dipping—it's delicious no matter which way you serve it.

Herbed Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Photo: Alison Miksch
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
Yield:
About 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1 small garlic clove, pressed

  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chives

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon whole grain Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 1-qt. glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Cover and shake vigorously to blend. Chill 30 minutes. Refrigerate in covered jar up to 1 week. Shake well before serving.

Chef's Notes

Try These Twists:

Lemony Ranch: Prepare Herbed Buttermilk Ranch Dressing as directed, adding 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, and 2 tsp. honey to jar before shaking.
Makes about 2 cups. Active: 20 min., Total: 50 min.

Blue Cheese Ranch: Prepare Herbed Buttermilk Ranch Dressing as directed, adding 2 oz. mashed blue cheese, 2 oz. crumbled blue cheese, 2 tsp. chopped chives, 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, and 1/2 tsp. paprika to jar before shaking.
Makes about 2 cups. Active: 20 min., Total: 50 min.

Avocado Ranch: Prepare Herbed Buttermilk Ranch Dressing as directed, adding 1 ripe mashed avocado, 2 Tbsp. minced jalapeño pepper, 2 Tbsp. hot sauce, 4 tsp. fresh lime juice; and 1/2 tsp. kosher salt to jar before shaking.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups. Active: 20 min., Total: 50 min.

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