Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is a thick, creamy dressing that is typically used on salads. It is made from a combination of mayonnaise, sour cream, and milk, and is flavored with herbs and spices. Ranch dressing is easy to make at home, and is a healthier alternative to store-bought dressings. This recipe makes a large batch of dressing, but it can easily be halved or doubled.


  • 1 cup (250 ml) mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, sour cream, and milk until smooth.
  2. Stir in parsley, dill, chives, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld.

What other food it works well with

Ranch dressing is traditionally used on salads, but can also be used as a dip for vegetables or chips. It can also be used as a sandwich spread or a topping for burgers or pizzas.

Potential changes & improvements

This recipe can be easily customized to your liking. Try adding different herbs, such as thyme or oregano, or swapping out the milk for buttermilk. You can also add in grated cheese, diced onions, or diced peppers. For a lighter dressing, use Greek yogurt in place of some or all of the sour cream.

Common Mistakes

When making ranch dressing, be sure to whisk the dressing until it is completely smooth. If there are any lumps, the dressing will be thick and difficult to pour. Also, be sure to taste the dressing and adjust the seasoning as necessary. The dressing should be flavorful, but not too salty or spicy.

Nutritional Information

This recipe makes approximately 2 cups (500 ml) of dressing. One tablespoon (15 ml) of dressing has approximately 100 calories and 10 grams of fat.


This recipe contains eggs, milk, and soy. It may also contain traces of nuts, peanuts, and gluten.

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