Homemade Ranch Dressing

I can’t believe I have never tried making homemade ranch before. It was SO worth the less than 10 minute effort that I had to put in! The original recipe called for fresh herbs, I use dried for the sake of time, and it’s great.

I highly recommend you use this dressing on a homemade Porta salad (you Madisonites know what I’m talking about). Aaron and I love to recreate the Porta salad from Paisans. It is loaded with amazing toppings including: salami, turkey, ham, garbanzo beans, shredded cheese, diced green peppers and diced tomatoes. We also like to add cucumbers and hard boiled eggs to make it more filling.

And yes as you can see from the picture I like to make salads at home in a big mixing bowl, ha!

Homemade Ranch Dressing


  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  •  1/2 cup sour cream
  •  1 teaspoon dried parsley
  •  1 teaspoon dried dill
  •  1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  •  1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  •  1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped (optional)
  •  Dash hot sauce (optional)
  •  1/4 buttermilk or milk (as needed for desired consistency)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Add milk or buttermilk if needed to reach desired consistency. Chill for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

Makes about 8 servings.

Recipe adapted from Food Network




Filed under Salads

2 responses to “Homemade Ranch Dressing

  1. HI Leeann, Is that the new puppy Bodie? He’s cute.
    Your dressing sounds delicious.


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