Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

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This homemade buttermilk ranch dressing recipe comes together with simple spices from your pantry. It is fantastic as a healthy salad dressing or as dip for veggies.

Years ago, Clean Eating Magazine had a section in it for clean eating salad dressings. My eyes and ears really perked up when I saw this buttermilk ranch dressing recipe. Of all the things I sorely miss, it’s ranch dressing. I mean, there’s just NOTHING you can’t put it on. I even tried it on vanilla ice cream once, and it wasn’t half bad. Don’t judge.

The finished Buttermilk Ranch Dressing in a dressing bottle with a salad sitting behind it.

Is Buttermilk Dressing The Same As Ranch Dressing?

Technically, no. Buttermilk dressing is an old cowboy favorite from a bygone era. However, the ranch dressing we know today is a direct relation. At some point, somebody added mayonnaise and herbs to buttermilk dressing to make the ranch dressing we know today.

Do You Need Mayonnaise For Ranch Dressing?

This recipe omits mayo strictly for the purpose of being a healthier dressing. That being said, there are healthy mayonnaises out there that could work perfectly well here. Mayo will thicken the dressing a bit as well as add some flavor nuances that are specific to ranch dressing.

Is it the same without it? Yes and no. It will still taste like ranch thanks to the herbs and buttermilk. The difference is the thickness (fat content) and richness that ranch can sometimes have with the addition of enough mayo.

Should you wish to add it here, simply add equal amounts of buttermilk and mayonnaise. You can, over course, experiment with ratios. You can start out with just a tablespoon or so, and move up from there until you have a flavor you like.

A spoon lifts some of this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing up out of a mixing bowl and towards the camera.

How To Make Your Own Ranch Mix

If healthier eating is your goal, I strongly suggest making your own ranch mix. It’s a simple process of mixing some standard herbs together in a bowl.

Store-bought ranch mix is filled with lots of unhealthy and even synthetic ingredients and preservatives that are very highly processed and developed to be addicting for many people. And while using your own mix might taste slightly different, with time, you won’t miss the old stuff at all. In fact, you’ll come to prefer your own mix like I have. These days, the store-bought stuff makes me want to gag.

And don’t be afraid to make a good-sized batch of ranch mix! Dressing and dip are not its only use. Homemade ranch mix is fabulous on chicken as well!

Here’s the recipe for making your own homemade ranch mix in minutes.

How To Make Ranch Dip

Okay, so you made ranch mix and ranch dressing, but now you want a ranch dip. Not a problem! For dip, I highly recommend using less buttermilk and more yogurt so you get the thicker consistency. And when it come to dip, a little added (healthy) mayo can be a good thing too. Consistency is key and really the only difference between dressing and dip in this case.

How To Make Buttermilk

Making buttermilk is not difficult or time consuming. In fact, it’s pretty darn simple. So if you don’t want to buy a whole carton to make a small amount of dressing, here’s how to make buttermilk from scratch.

Buttermilk Ratio

1 Tbsp. of acid + 1 cup of full fat milk

Choices of acid:
Lemon juice
White vinegar

The individual ingredients for this Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe in separate bowls and plates.

Ranch Dressing Ingredients

For the herbs, I recommend using the dried herbs as indicated. However, if you prefer fresh herbs and have them handy, the suggestions below are on the low side on purpose. You can adjust up from there to suite your tastes.

5 tbsp. buttermilk – This is the regular, full fat buttermilk you buy in a carton at the store. You can opt for low fat buttermilk if you wish, but it will be more processed and make a much thinner dressing.

3 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt – Here again, I opt for full fat so that the consistency is not so different from a store bought ranch. However, if fat content is a thing for you, you can certainly use a lower fat Greek yogurt. Just keep in mind that the lower in fat a food is, the more heavily processed it is.

¼ tsp. onion powder – You can also use onion granules if that’s what you have.

¼ tsp. dried dill – Or use 1 tsp. fresh dill if you prefer. But shop it fine.

½ tsp. dried parsley – Here again, you can try about 1 tsp. of finely chopped fresh parsley if you prefer. I like the curly parsley better than the flat leaf (Italian) parsley for this recipe.

½ tsp. dried chives – Or for fresh herbs, chop fine and use 1 tsp. or more to taste.

½ tsp. salt – I used a pink Himalayan salt. But use what you have on hand. Avoid coarse salts.

½ tsp. ground, black pepper – Or more to taste

A green salad with cut cucumbers and tomatoes in a white bowl with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing drizzled over the top.

How To Make Ranch Dressing

Using a whisk, mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and evenly blended.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe Notes

The one thing about the recipe that I didn’t care for was the use of fresh herbs. Now, before you cross your eyes and say “whatever, Tiffany”, it’s not that I don’t like fresh herbs. Quite the contrary. I love them. I just don’t use them much in the winter months. They are a total summer thing for me. Don’t ask me why. They just are. And I hate buying bundles of herbs at the store. They are super expensive, and I inevitably end up throwing away a huge portion because I only needed them for one single recipe. So I adapted the Clean Eating Magazine recipe to use entirely dried herbs out of my pantry.

I might not pour it over vanilla ice cream ever again (okay, so maybe it wasn’t that great), but you can bet I’ll be pouring it on a lot of other things in the near future.

An overhead shot of the green salad with ranch dressing on top.

How Long Can You Store Homemade Ranch Dressing?

On average, this dressing will keep for 4-5 days. This is why I formulated the recipe to make a smaller amount than I normally would.

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The finished Buttermilk Ranch Dressing in a dressing bottle with a salad sitting behind it.

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

This homemade buttermilk ranch dressing recipe comes together with simple spices from your pantry. It is fantastic as a clean eating salad dressing or dip for veggies.
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Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 tbsp.
Calories: 11kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

Equipment

  • Small to medium mixing bowl
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 5 tbsp. buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. dried dill
  • ½ tsp. dried parsley
  • ½ tsp. dried chives
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground, black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Using a whisk, mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth and evenly blended.
    The Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe ingredients mixed together in a small mixing bowl

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp. | Calories: 11kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 42mg | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 2.4mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted 3/12/10.

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136 Comments

  1. Jessica @ This Blessed Life says:

    Hi! A friend just directed me to your website because I just started this whole “clean food” journey. I’m taking the gradual route, both because of budget restrictions and also so my husband doesn’t leave me! haha I am VERY excited to have found your blog and can’t wait to make my way through your recipes!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hi Jessica!

      I’m so excited for you! What a wonderful journey you have ahead of you!
      Gradual is good, so long as the rate of change stays steady.

      I’d be willing to bet that your husband will really like many of the clean eating dishes you’ll be cooking. Healthy food is very tasty if prepared correctly. So don’t give up. My husband was convinced he wouldn’t like it either. So I just didn’t tell him that the meals I was cooking were clean. He never new the difference. He just loved what I cooked and never questioned it. In this case, what he doesn’t know won’t hurt him! lol

      Good luck with your new lifestyle! I’m always here if you have questions or just need to chat.

      Take care,
      Tiffany

  2. Thank you! I am so excited that I found your blog! I feel that you are a little more practical with your recipes on how to make things that you have enjoyed before and making them clean. I have always been a picky eater and just don’t know if I can do such elaborate dishes like I found in the eat clean recipe book Tosca Reno. I am in love with the ranch dressing! I just made it tonight and I am excited that I can still eat it, but eat it clean. I am new to all of this clean eating and trying very hard to keep up. I have struggled this first week to be all clean eating, but I did better than I thought I would. I am loving how I feel though…much, much better! 🙂 I gotta keep it up !

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hi Angie!

      Welcome! I’m so happy my blog has been of some use to you! The first week can be tough. So don’t be to hard on yourself. You’ll get the hang of it. The most important thing is to always have some clean foods with you so you never have to compromise.

      Good luck!
      Tiffany

  3. Thank you for this recipe! I am trying to eat and feed my family more “clean” foods, but it is definitely a struggle. My son has limited himself with the vegetables he will eat. If he has some ranch dressing to dip his veggies in, then we can expand his list of veggies he will eat (I hope). I am going to make some and let you know how it goes. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Daphne – Great! I can’t wait to hear!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Daphne – Of course it’s okay! Thanks for the shout out! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  4. Just tried this and it is delicious! Although next time I make it I will probably use less dill. Thank you for the recipe using dried ingredients, try as I might to use fresh herbs I can never use them fast enough and it’s just a huge waste of money. Thanks again!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Monique – Fresh herbs were in the original recipe. So they will work very well. Thanks for trying my recipe!

  5. trude wofford says:

    Thsi is a staple in our house now, Thanks Tiffany

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – Fantastic!! I love it to. Although I did update the recipe with a little less dill. It was a bit overpowering. But I do love it. Thanks for trying my recipe!

  6. Shea Phillips says:

    Hey I love your website, I used to eat clean and then stopped because of my hetic schedule. I am getting back into it because of alot of recent health problems. So I am excited about this recipe. Do you know how long it stays good in the fridge?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shea – It would have about the same shelf life as the buttermilk on it’s own. I’d say, probably about a week or so. Welcome back to clean eating!

  7. I swore I had looked through pretty much every recipe you have on here…apparently not, because I missed this one!! SO excited to try it though! I love to make a big chicken salad full every veggie I have in the house, but I really don’t like using just olive oil/vinegar etc. as dressing, so it always felt like a step back when I used just regular ranch. This will be great!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jen – I’m flattered! Hope you enjoy it!

  8. Ohhhh I’m so excited about this!!! I LOVE ranch!!
    Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jaren – You’re welcome! Enjoy!

  9. Marie Boromei says:

    I just started CE on Jan1 and a still struggling to get enough protein and fewer carbs (diabetic), Thanks for your website! Awesome dressing….I used it for the Clean Eating Chicken Apple Salad instead of the vinegarette! I love your site and log-on at least once a day looking for recipes.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marie – Thanks so much! I’m pre-diabetic and one tool I’ve found to be absolutely vital is MyFitnessPal.com. It’s an eye opener!

  10. Stacey Tunnicliff says:

    Haven’t made this yet but just bought the buttermilk to try it. We love Ranch dressing! I wonder if using “yogurt cheese” (yogurt that has sat overnight in a colander/cheesecloth to seperate the liquid out) instead of just yogurt would help thicken it up. I might try it that way and see what happens…

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Stacey – It could work, but there would be a stronger “tang” to it, I would imagine. If you have any Xanthan gum, that works beautifully!

  11. Christine says:

    Delicious! Tried this today for my buffalo pork (because I didn’t have chicken) salad. It’s awesome! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Christine – That’s wonderful! I’m happy it worked out!

  12. Hi Tiffany, I saw your recommendation for My Fitness Tracker and ended up joining. I’m curious as to how you track your meals on there since it seems to only have 4 meals per day?

    I tried making the ranch dressing today but didn’t have all of the ingredients on hand so I used rice milk with lemon and drained yogurt. It was good but I want to try it the way you wrote it as I’m sure it would be a lot better.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sharon – I changed mine to 6 meals a day. Go into your account and you can change it.

  13. I am so glad we found a clean recipe for ranch dressing! We can’t wait to try it! My kids LOVE RANCH dressing and I am very pleased they can have still have it! In fact yesterday I cheated and had a dab of Hidden Valley Ranch that was lurking in my fridge yet, with my veggies. It tasted totally fake now that I have been clean for nearly a month.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emily – Isn’t that amazing how that happens? The second you get the crud out of your diet, it’s so easy to detect in foods that aren’t clean!

  14. Hi Tiffany, I’m so glad I came across your interesting and helpful blog.
    This Ranch dressing sounds very yummy. My problem though is that I live in Greece and it’s very difficult not to say impossible to get buttermilk. If I substitute it with low fat milk would that be ok?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      WWCook – Yes! In fact, if you add just 1/2 tsp. of vinegar to the milk and let it sit for about 10 minutes, it will taste just like buttermilk!

  15. Love Nugget says:

    Dumb question – is buttermilk dairy?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      LN – Yes, it is dairy.

  16. Love Nugget says:

    Any suggestions for a non dairy sub?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      LN – You could try making hummus with the ranch spices, but I’m not sure how that would taste. I’ve never tried. Another option is to use a non-dairy milk and add 1 tsp. of white vinegar. Then add some xanthan gum for texture. Again, I’ve never tried. Just guessing. Sorry!

  17. Made it as to put on some turkey burgers I made last night! It’s really good! Can’t wait to use the leftover on a salad!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lynn – Oh, that WOULD be good! Yum!

  18. I didn’t have buttermilk or Greek yogurt, so I put some of my favorite yogurt (Lowfat milk and the cultures, nothing else mmmm) in a strainer lined with a coffee filter. Drank the whey. Yeah I actually like it. I used that in place of the Greek yogurt and thinned it with a little skim milk to a pourable but still thick consistancy. I forgot not to double the dill but we both like it a lot anyway. My friend can’t eat salt since she had a blood pressure emergency earlier this week so I left out the salt. It needed a little something so I added about 1/8 tsp of chipoltle and a little more onion powder. It turned out very well. Thank you.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jodi – Tremendous! Glad it worked out!

  19. Ranch lovers unite!! Thanks so much tiffany! 🙂

    1. Anonymous says:

      Naomi – LOL! You’re welcome!

  20. Stefanie Schaefer says:

    Thank you so much I love ranch!!!! 2nd day of clean eating and it is a struggle! But I’m happy to be eating clean I already feel a tad better. Can’t believe how much sugar, caffine, or processed food has a power over me. Not anymore 🙂

    1. Anonymous says:

      Stefanie – Good for you!! Yes, that stuff has a LOT of power. It’s manufactured to have a lot of power. Good for you for taking charge! Go girl!!!

  21. Loved the taste but we are a dipping type of family so I increased the Greek yogurt, used buttermilk powder (hate buying a carton of buttermilk and not using it up before it goes bad) and just enough low-fat milk to get the right consistency.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Becky – Sounds great! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  22. Just started South Beach Phase 1 two days ago. My husband and I did it several years ago and had great success. Now with the baby a few months old I need to kick start myself to finish losing the rest of the weight. Is this recipe South Beach Phase 1 friendly with the buttermilk and yogurt? Thanks for posting what you’ve collected!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tracy – You know, it’s been so long since I’ve done the South Beach Diet, that I no longer remember what the rules are. If you look in the books though, I believe they give you lists of acceptable foods. See if the buttermilk and yogurt are listed. Wish I could be more help…

  23. Graciouspantry – just looked up in my Good Fats Good Carbs Guide (South Beach) that 1% buttermilk and fat free plain yogurt are ok on Phase 1. YES! Bring on the Ranch!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Tracy – Hahaha!!! Yay!!! Enjoy!

  24. Anonymous says:

    LeeAnn – Yay!!! Glad you liked it!

  25. Mikedani4 says:

    made this jusst now.this is AMAZING!! will definately keep this on hand always!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Mikedani4 – Wonderful! Glad you enjoyed it!

  26. Anonymous says:

    Nicole – Glad you enjoyed the dressing! It should keep at least a week in the fridge. I still have an MFP account, but rarely use it anymore.

  27. Lauren Hammond says:

    Amazing! I just made it and it is fablous! Thanks.

    Lauren

    1. Anonymous says:

      Lauren – Fantastic! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  28. Ashley McCormick says:

    This clean eating ranch dressing is absolutely fantabulous with the chicken for a chicken salad! I didn’t use any onions as me and my fiance do not like them but it still tastes awesome! I never felt healthier eating it! I will definitely be making this ranch and taking it with me wherever I GO! The chicken salad is to die for and i’ve got enough to last me throughout most of the week depending on how much my fiance eats of it! LOL At first when I tasted the ranch all I could taste was the yogurt i’m like YUCK! now you can barely taste it at all once you’ve doubled the recipe! Excellent can’t wait to try more of your recipes! I’m a first timer and I chose this as my first meal as they say first impressions always the best one! You’ve def got me for a long term clean eating member!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Ashley – LOL! I’m so glad it all worked out!

  29. graciouspantry says:

    Carly – Let me know how that turns out!

  30. Omg, the Ranch dressing is AWESOME!!!! Thank you so much I’m trying to get clean eating down & this makes it easy!!!!!

  31. Sarah_annette says:

    Could the old vinegar and milk to make “buttermilk” be used with this?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sarah – Possibly, but I don’t recommend it. I don’t think it would be the same.

  32. graciouspantry says:

    Homegrowns – If there is, I haven’t found it yet. Ranch IS a dairy based recipe. I’ll keep looking though because I’d like to have on too!

  33. Seanjessicamarohn says:

    I can’t wait to make this!! My Husband puts Ranch on EVERYTHING! He will be thrilled & I will feel a lot better about eating it! 🙂

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Sean – Fantastic! I hope he enjoys it!

  34. graciouspantry says:

    Babs – I don’t think coconut milk would go very well with vinegar. But you could certainly try it. I would use onion powder in place of the chives.

  35. graciouspantry says:

    I believe so, yes.

  36. Geez this is alot of comments! I am sad there is not a dairy free ranch, as I too have a hard time living without my ranch, since going dairy free. Keep trying pleeeeeze:)

  37. graciouspantry says:

    Hope you enjoy it!

  38. graciouspantry says:

    Onion powder is a very basic ingredient. I would be surprised if it wasn’t available to you. Try a large, chain grocery store. Check their spice aisle. I’m sure it will be there. It would be strange if it wasn’t.

  39. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! Glad it worked out!

  40. graciouspantry says:

    Sure! The flavor won’t be as intense because there is no MSG in it. But yes, you can use it that way.

  41. I love this recope!!! I’m a ranch a holic and am so glad to have a clean substitute!!

  42. Godsgirl42 says:

    This is so awesome! We love the dressing so much that we won’t go back to store bought! How long can I keep this in the fridge?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I would say about 1 1/2 weeks, give or take.

  43. tiffibean13 says:

    you subbed almond milk for the buttermilk? Cause I love me some almond milk!!

  44. could the seasoning be used as a dry dressing mix to make ranch nuggets or chicken?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sure! Just mix them in with bread crumbs instead of the buttermilk. Maybe dip the chicken in buttermilk with a little egg beaten in.

  45. This is SOOOO yummy! Thank you so much for posting it and by the way I am seriously addicted to your website !

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  46. I made this tonight to go with Buffalo Cauliflower. So good! I thought I would be tricky and add a wee bit more spice, but I won’t next time. The ratio is perfect as is. (It’s just my nature to think more is better…not always the case!) Also, I ground all my spices with a mortar and pestle for the picky eaters and that worked great. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      My pleasure! 🙂

  47. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I have been following you, via Facebook, for a while now and love hearing about your life. Nice to hear about your everyday life….makes you seem so much realer! Thanks:)

  48. I just made this and I’m SO happy. I can never find a ranch dressing I actually like and this is AMAZING. Just next time I’m going to put a wee bit less salt in it! haha. THANK YOU! c:

  49. Hi!
    I really want to try this clean ranch dressing, however I just found out I need to stay away from dairy products which were causing a hormonal imbalance and an over production of mucus. Sorry I know that sounds gross. Is there at least a substitute for the buttermilk I could try?

    Thanks!
    Steph

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Not unless you want to use cashew cream. But I’m not sure the flavor would be very good for this. I’ve had to give up dairy too. I’ve just gotten used to other dressings. Sorry, wish I could be more help on this one.

  50. Hi there! Tastes amazing, however mine was super liquid-y. Did you use powder buttermilk and add water or just use plain liquid buttermilk? I added 1/2 cup of greek yogurt just to get some texture. I made your chicken salad sooo yummy with it. thanks for sharing

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Felisha – I just used regular, low-fat buttermilk (now I would use full fat and organic, live and learn). I suppose it could be the brand of buttermilk. Maybe some are thicker than others.

  51. Alison Moore Smith says:

    I recently found you through Pinterest. So many yummy things! Can’t wait to try them.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Alison – I hope you enjoy my recipes! 🙂

  52. I just made this and the flavors are awesome. I had to sour some regular milk since I don’t have buttermilk, so I am assuming that is why it is a bit thin. I added some arrowroot powder and put it in the fridge. I am using it on a Cobb Salad I’m making with homemade Seitan (first time I made that too). My motto is, if it’s terrible there is always take out!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – LOL! Well, that’s one way to look at it I guess! 😀 Glad you liked it!

  53. How long does this stay good for?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Samantha – I’d say a week or two. Possibly three. It never lasted long enough around here for me to find out!

  54. I can’t wait to try this! But I have a question- I have dill seed (left over from canning green tomato pickles), not dried dill. Would that work?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Haley – I’ve never used dill seed, so it’s hard for me to say. I would go off the flavor. If it gives a nice, dill flavor, then I would imagine it would be okay.

  55. Hey Tiffany great recipe, I’ve been using one similar to this for years. I am also a dairy free person and I know from experience that mayonnaise instead of buttermilk works great. I know that may not be clean, I just know it works an tastes yummy. Dill seed would not, from my experience (i love dill) work like dill in this recipe as dill seed needs to cook for several hours in something to impart its flavor. As dill is the primary flavor in ranch, I’d save the dill seed for a soup, or stew like menu item. Just my thoughts, keep up the great work Tiffany!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amy – Mayo can be clean! Just depends on what you buy. You can make it clean for sure. In fact I’ll be doing a recipe for that in the near future. 🙂

  56. Tiffany Campbell says:

    I’m glad I found this recipe. I’ve tried before with regular plain greek yogurt, and it was disgusting. I’m reluctant to try again though. And, I use dried herbs ALL THE TIME, even dill seed for my potato salad, and it’s fine, so you’re not alone in that.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tiffany – Ya, I just never use up the fresh stuff fast enough and I hate to waste food. Let me know how you like this!

  57. Added a small chuck of chipotle pepper to this and mixed it in the blender for a southwest kick and color! It’s yummy!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michele – Sounds like it! Enjoy! 🙂

  58. I made this last night & it was FAB. I did add a little more yogurt f/ thickness & then added just a tad more onion (it’s one of my fav’s) & salt. Then it was perfect

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Hildie – Glad you enjoyed it!

  59. SO happy I found this website!! Thank you thank you thank you! I am just wondering how long this will keep if I make it and keep it in an air tight mason jar?
    My daughter has ranch dip on everything and I want to make this to have in the fridge!

    Thank you!

  60. Never mind – I put my brain on and read the above posts!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Kendra – LOL! No worries. 🙂

  61. Could you use plain whole yogurt instead of plain low fat greek? Thank you! Excited to try,

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jenn – Definitely!

  62. This is hands down the best ranch I’ve ever had! Thank you!!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lisa – Awesome!!! So glad you liked it!

  63. Hi!
    I’m looking forward to trying MANY of your recipes!
    I was wondering, is the yogurt noticeable? I’m lactose intolerant, and I have yet to find a type of yogurt that doesn’t make me sick (including lactose free). Or is there a substitute?
    Thanks!

  64. First time clean eater and I have to say WOW this ranch is good!! Thank you so much 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Julie – my pleasure! 🙂

  65. Just made this ranch earlier today. The only thing I changed was adding some garlic powder to give it a more Hidden Valley taste. It’s way runnier than store bought, but the flavor is great! And WAY less calories than store bought!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Gabby – Yes, it’s definitely not as thick. But glad you enjoyed it!

  66. Out of curiosity, if I used more greek yogurt than buttermilk (basically swap the amount), would that change the flavor too much, does anyone know? I’m trying to figure out how to thicken it up a little bit so we can use it as dressing and a dip like we used to with Hidden Valley. The flavor of this recipe is amazing…just hoping to thicken it a bit while keeping it clean. 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shelloy – It will work just fine! I would start off with using yogurt, and then just add a little buttermilk to thin it out if you need to. The flavor may change slightly, but it shouldn’t be too noticeable. If all else fails, mix up the spices and try a small sprinkle on a spoonful of yogurt and see what you think before mixing the entire thing. Let me know how it turns out!

  67. Thanks for directing me to your recipe for ranch dressing! I am going to try making this but I think I will throw in a few garlic cloves! We love galric ranch dressing!! Do you know how long this will hold up in the refrigerator if I make up a 2 or 3 batches and put them in a mason jar?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Annette – This should last as long as the buttermilk would last, maybe a little less with the additions. Mine never lasted longer than a week in this house, so I’m not entirely positive. Sorry! :/

  68. Do you think this has less calories than the typical ranch you buy at the store? I never buy the light version but i know the regular kind is about 140 per 2 tbsps. I’m new to this healthy eating!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leanne – I don’t count calories, so I’m not sure what the yogurt has. But it would have as many calories as the yogurt (plus the buttermilk), or thereabouts. You could check next time you’re at the store. Sorry, I would check but I don’t have a tub here at the moment.

  69. I forgot to add to my last comment – can powdered buttermilk be substituted for the liquid? And do you use regular full fat greek yogurt?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Leanne – Not if you want to keep it clean. I use full fat yogurt because it is less processed.

  70. Marcia Robbins says:

    Omg, just made this, amazing! I’m so excited to have something to dip my veggies in for my snacks. Thank you so much!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Marcia – My pleasure! I’m so happy you liked it! 😀

  71. What would happen if I didn’t use any chives? I’ve gone to three different stores and none had dried chives…. although amazon has it in stock. Just curious. ….

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Samantha – You could use a few fresh chives if those are easier to find. Otherwise, I would just leave them out.

  72. Do you know how long this would last in the fridge for?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jamie – A couple of weeks is my guess. We always go through it too quickly for it to go bad, so I can’t give you an exact number of days.

  73. How long does this keep in the refrigerator?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Shari – Just taking a guess here because we’ve always finished it before it went bad but I would say between 3-4 weeks.

  74. Now that you are dairy free, do you still make this? What do you use to substitute? Also, can you please share what resources(s) you use to go dairy free? I am heading down this route as well and feeling overwhelmed! TIA!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Dana – I haven’t used any resources. I just quit eating dairy. It was tough, I won’t lie. No resource will make it an easy adjustment. You have to get used to the world of non-dairy products such as almond milk or coconut milk. It’s a hard change. But if you keep at it, eventually you realized you’ve gotten used to the new flavors. I make this recipe for Mini Chef from time to time, but I don’t eat it myself. The only thing I’ve tried is mixing the spices into some mayo and adding a bit of water to make it more fluid. It wasn’t perfect, but it worked at the time.

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