This is the best homemade ranch dressing recipe, period. The best that I’ve ever tried, that’s for sure. I am not a big ranch dressing fan but this one really tickled my taste buds. I love its taste. It’s super versatile too and is good as a dressing for salads as well as a dipping sauce for fried,roasted and grilled meats and vegetables. You can also use it as a sauce for chicken sandwiches. I’ve had amazing results serving it with my roasted vegetables, fried eggplant or fried green tomatoes. I’ve also used this ranch dressing as a dip for my Buffalo wings, fries and more. The options are limitless and it never ceases to amaze me. It’s so good!
I find many ranch dressing sauces to be a little overpowering, perhaps a little too fatty, and a little too zesty. This ranch dressing is different. It’s perfectly balanced. It’s good at complementing in the most subtle way, enhancing food flavor without taking anything away or overpowering it.
While being subtle, it has a robust flavor with many different components to tickle your taste buds in different ways. It has a slight kick from the cayenne pepper, a little bit of brightness from the red wine vinegar and a slight pungency coming from the fresh garlic and chives.
For optimum results try using the best quality mayonnaise and buttermilk you can find. Better yet, try using kefir in place of buttermilk, I like it a lot and to me it tastes better.
Finally, every time I make this ranch dressing it’s never enough. It just quickly disappears. Keep that in mind and keep the ingredients ready to whip up more if needed. Better yet, double the recipe if you expect a company and want everything to go without a hiccup.
If you like Greek yogurt, try substituting kefir/buttermilk with a cup of yogurt. I got the idea from Salt and Lavender. The ranch dressing will be a little thicker, which works very well when using on grilled meats. Or, go with a 50/50 mix of buttermilk and sour cream in place of kefir (credit Modern Honey for the idea). Finally, you can also try That Low Carb’s ranch dressing idea and substitute kefir/buttermilk with 3/4 cup of sour cream and 1/4 cup heavy cream for a creamier ranch version.
Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe
- 1 ¼ cups mayonnaise
- 1 cup plain kefir (or buttermilk)
- 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- ¼ cup finely chopped chives
- 1 Tbsp lemon pepper
- ¼ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp sweet paprika
- A pinch granulated onion
- A pinch cayenne pepper
- A pinch dried oregano
- In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together.
- Place in an airtight container and store in a fridge until needed.