Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Here is another great recipe to use up some of those fresh chives that have grown back from last year. This fresh buttermilk ranch dressing is so easy to make and tastes delish! I love it on salad, with chicken, for dipping french fries and carrot sticks...on lots of things!

As I mentioned in my last post, both of my kids LOVE to help me in the kitchen. So, I had them combine all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl before I gave it a quick pulse in the food processor.

Having them be actively part of the cooking process really helps me with dinner time pickyness. They are generally eager to eat (or at least try) something they helped make...even when there are vegetables involved!

"We love carrots and lettuce with homemade ranch!!!!"



3/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup sour cream
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 to 1 cup buttermilk (depending on how thick you want it, I used 3/4 cup)
1 small bunch of chives
Small handful of parsley
1 clove garlic
salt, pepper


Place all ingredients with 1/4 cup of buttermilk in a blender and blend for 10 seconds. Check consistency and blend in additional buttermilk if desired. Less buttermilk for dipping, more for dressing. Store in an air-tight jar in the fridge.

Source: adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride, originally from The Gourmet Cookbook, 2004


  1. I love buttermilk ranch dressing. It is my favorite. Yummy!

  2. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing is a staple in our fridge, I will have to try this because it looks delicious.

  3. great idea to post this, I'v been wanting to try making dressing! Any idea how long it keeps?

  4. Hi Megan-

    Thanks for the comment. I honestly have no idea how long it lasts in the fridge. My guess (I'm a freshness fanatic though) would be 3-5 days. Since it has no preservative (like bottle dressing), I wouldn't use it past 5 days.