Make Ahead

Best Ever Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

October  4, 2022
2 Ratings
  • Makes about 1 1/2 cups
Author Notes

when the heat of summer has most plants drying up, herbs seem to take off and run with it. they thrive in poor soil and can take a bit of neglect and still give you something to work with. parsley, chives and dill are all popular choices for beginning gardeners because they do not require much more than sun and a bit of water. experienced gardeners use them for more than cooking; parsley and dill will attracts swallowtail butterflies and chive blossoms are a favorite choice of honeybees.

but cooks know that the three herbs can be used in more recipes than any of us can count. one of the simplest ways to use them is in a batch of ranch dressing. mix this up and you may never buy another bottle of it! —janeofmanytrade

What You'll Need
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. place the herbs in a small bowl and add the salt, mustard, garlic, black pepper and paprika. stir to mix.
  2. add the mayonnaise and stir to make a paste.
  3. using a whisk, mix in the buttermilk and the lemon juice. place in a glass or plastic container and chill for a couple hours before serving.
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2 Reviews

Risottogirl January 5, 2015
I'm not generally a fan of creamy sald dressings but I did like this. I made it for my visiting nephew who eats only RAW vegetables and only with ranch dressing. It passed the kid test!
janeofmanytrade January 5, 2015
Creamy dressings are not my favorite either but it is hard to hate something made with fresh herbs from the garden and a good helping of buttermilk!