How to make creamy, Dilly Ranch Dressing from scratch loaded up with fresh herbs- rich, tangy, peppery, herbaceous and full of the BEST flavor! Vegan-adaptable (See recipe notes).
This cool and creamy, Dilly Ranch dressing brings me back to the ’70s, when my family would visit old-school salad bar restaurants in LA. This version is packed with dill, and you could leave it at that- or add tarragon ( the best) and either parsley or chives. Or both, of course.
I love the flavor of this Ranch Dressing- cool, creamy, and rich, generously herbaceous, with a hint of garlic, a lovely spike of peppercorn and a bright, tanginess from a fresh lemon.
But it is the texture of this Ranch Dressing recipe that I crave – the perfect trifecta of mayo, sour cream and buttermilk. It perfectly coats lettuce leaves- and when I speak of lettuce leaves here- I mean cool crunchy sturdier lettuces like little gems, romaine, or even head lettuce, in the form of a wedge, preferably. 😉
I know you are wondering if you can substitute yogurt for sour cream.
But no. 😉
Sourcream is the magic sauce here, I won’t lie. Try using probiotic sour cream like Nancy’s, if you like, if that helps you get your head around it. Yogurt changes the texture. It’s fine, but not quite as amazing.
Can you skip the Mayo? No.
Can you skip the buttermilk? Maybe in a pinch, see recipe notes.
Can this be made Vegan?
Yes. I would suggest making this Vegan Ranch Dressing and adding 1/2 cup dill and 1-2 tablespoons tarragon.
What you’ll need!
- Fresh herbs: Dill, and any of the following: tarragon (gives the best flavor) flat-leaf parsley, oregano, or chives.
- Sour cream – I like using a probiotic sour cream like Nancy’s.
- Buttermilk (see notes for substituting)
- salt and pepper
How to make Ranch Dressing:
Step one: Whisk equal amounts of sour cream, buttermilk and mayo in a bowl.
Step Two: Add fresh garlic.
Step three: Add fresh herbs, salt and pepper.
Step four: Add lemon juice and vinegar.
Step Five: Mix it all together, adjusting salt and lemon. You want it a little salty and tangy.
Step Six: Chill the heck out of it. You want it COLD! 😉
How to store ranch dressing?
Store the homemade ranch dressing in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to five days.
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- Little Gem Salad with Dilly Ranch Dressing
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- Vegan Ranch Dressing
- Creamy Pesto Dressing
- Classic Caesar Dressing
- Rainbow Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing
- French Dressing
- Creamy Gorgonzola Dressing
How to make creamy Dilly Ranch Dressing from scratch loaded up with fresh dill- this easy recipe is creamy, tangy, peppery, and full of flavor! Vegan-Adaptable, see notes!
- 1/3 cup mayo
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup sour cream- I like Nancy’s probiotic Sour cream
- 1–2 garlic cloves, finely minced (use a garlic press)
- 1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
- 2 tablespoons tarragon
- 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley, chopped or sub chives
- 1/2 teaspoons salt, more to taste
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, more to tase
- 1 teaspoon white or Apple Cider vinegar
- Whisk the mayo, buttermilk, and sour cream in a medium bowl until smooth.
- Stir in the remaining ingredients- garlic, herbs, salt, peppercorns, lemon juice, and vinegar.
- Taste- you want this slightly salty and tangy- so adjust salt and lemon juice to bump up the flavor.
- Place in a sealed jar the fridge- and chill. You want this cold!
- Ranch Dressing recipe will keep up to 5 days in the fridge.
- Serve Ranch Dressing with this Little Gem Salad, Rainbow Salad, or any crisp/sturdy salad green like romaine, little gems, head lettuce (make a wedge), etc. OR serve as a dip (I’d use less buttermilk and more sour cream so it’s thicker) with farmers’ market veggies!
- Vegan option: Make this CREAMY VEGAN RANCH and add 1/2 cup dill and 2 tablespoons tarragon.
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 90
- Sugar: 0.9 g
- Sodium: 218 mg
- Fat: 9.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
- Carbohydrates: 1.6 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 0.8 g
- Cholesterol: 10.6 mg
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