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Ever find yourself craving that creamy, herby goodness of Ranch Dressing but don’t want to whip up a huge batch? Well, you’re in luck! This Small Batch Ranch Dressing Recipe is exactly what you need. It’s perfect for those times when you just want enough dressing for a couple of salads. The best part? It’s super easy to make and tastes way better than anything you’d find in a bottle at the store. Fresh, flavorful, and free from additives – this homemade ranch is a real treat!

Looking for more small batch dressing options? Give our rich, tangy Blue Cheese Dressing a go, or the sweet Poppy Seed Dressing for a lighter touch. Creamy, savory Goat Cheese Dressing is a unique treat, our simple 3-2-1 vinaigrette is always a winner, and the classic Caesar Salad Dressing is perfect for heartier salads. For an interesting twist, the fruity Blueberry Vinaigrette we use on our Avocado Salad is a refreshing choice. Each dressing adds a special flair to your salads!

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe

  • Perfect Quantity: Ideal for a few servings, so you won’t have leftovers cluttering your fridge.
  • Quick to Make: In just minutes, you’ll have a delicious dressing ready to go.
  • Fresh and Flavorful: Homemade ranch simply tastes fresher and better than store-bought versions.
  • No Additives: Enjoy a pure, natural ranch dressing without any chemicals.
  • Versatile Use: Great as a salad dressing, veggie dip, or a drizzle on pizza.

Ingredients

ingredients in homemade ranch dressing on a brown cutting board: mayo, lemons, vinegar, garlic powder, sour cream, parsley, and dill.

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  • Mayonnaise: Choose full-fat mayonnaise for the best flavor in your ranch dressing. My personal favorite is Duke’s brand, known for its creamy texture and taste. Mayonnaise is a kitchen staple and we love using it in many recipes like Crab Cakes, Broccoli Salad, and in a vintage Pineapple Lime Jello Salad.
  • Sour Cream: Regular sour cream is my go-to for its thicker consistency and richer flavor. However, you can use low-fat or fat-free versions if you prefer a lighter dressing. Consider using leftover sour cream in a Mini Squash Casserole, Swedish Meatballs, or a Mini German Chocolate Cake!
  • Lemon Juice: Both freshly squeezed and bottled lemon juice work well, so use what you have on hand.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar adds a fantastic flavor to the dressing, but white wine vinegar is a great alternative if you want to switch things up. Consider using leftover vinegar in a small batch of BBQ Sauce or German Potato Salad.
  • Seasonings: I recommend garlic powder, dried parsley, and dried dill for this recipe. While fresh garlic is great in many dishes, garlic powder is less intense and ensures a smoother dressing consistency.

Note: I don’t add salt or pepper to this recipe, but feel free to season your ranch dressing to taste after trying it.

What To Add To Ranch Dressing

This ranch dressing is fantastic on its own, but there are times when you might want to add a little extra flair to it. As a foundational recipe, it’s incredibly versatile and can be enhanced with various additions. Whether you’re looking to add a bit of zest, some heat, or a unique twist, here are some easy ways to elevate your ranch dressing:

  • Zest it Up: Consider adding a bit more of the existing ingredients and throw in a pinch of lemon zest for a fresh twist.
  • Spice it Up: For a spicy kick, mix in a dash of Sriracha, a bit of Moroccan harissa paste, or some diced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
  • BBQ Style: Stir in some barbecue sauce or spicy brown mustard for a smoky, tangy flavor.
  • Cheesy Delight: Mix in some crumbled feta, grated Parmesan, or cotija cheese for a cheesy variation.

These simple additions can turn your basic ranch dressing into something extraordinary. Experiment and find your favorite combination!

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How To Make Ranch Dressing

These photos and instructions help you visualize how to make this small batch ranch dressing recipe. See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic powder, dried parsley, and dried dill. Taste and add a pinch of salt if you feel it necessary.
a blue bowl filled with mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, and dried herbs.
  1. Cover or pour into a small container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
a small amount of ranch dressing in a blue bowl on top of a wooden cutting board.

This small batch ranch dressing recipe will yield about 1/4 cup.

Expert Tips

  • Fresh Herbs: Swap dried herbs with 1 teaspoon of finely chopped parsley and 1/4 teaspoon of finely chopped dill. Adjust the quantity to suit your taste for a fresher herb flavor.
  • Consistency Adjustments: This dressing’s thickness suits both dips and salads. For a thinner consistency ideal for salads, simply stir in a bit of milk or cream.

What To Serve With Ranch Dressing

Before exploring these suggestions, remember, ranch isn’t just for salads. It’s a versatile dressing that can add a zesty touch to many dishes.

  • Salad: Drizzle over your favorite greens or a Cobb Salad.
  • Veggies: Perfect as a dip for fresh, crunchy vegetables.
  • Pizza: Try it as a flavorful topping on your next Detroit-style pizza.
  • Sandwiches: Use it as a spread on a Southwest Wrap for an extra flavor kick.
  • Grilled or Baked Meats: A great complement to roasted chicken or steak.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade ranch dressing last in the fridge?

Ideally, use within 3-4 days.

How can I make a thinner ranch dressing?

The original recipe creates a thicker dressing, ideal for spooning over salads. For a more pourable consistency, simply mix in some milk or cream to thin it out.

Can I double this ranch dressing recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to double the ingredients listed in this small batch ranch dressing recipe if you need a larger quantity.

How can I make vegan ranch dressing?

Use vegan mayo and sour cream.

a small jar of homemade ranch dressing with a carrot dipped in the corner next to cherry tomatoes.

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Small Batch Ranch Dressing

5 from 8 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 tablespoons
Rich and creamy homemade ranch dressing is so easy to make and tastes so much better than anything from the store. This small batch dressing recipe is perfect on salads or as a dip for fresh vegetables and can be ready in 5 minutes!

Equipment

Ingredients 
 

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon dried parsley
  • teaspoon dried dill
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Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic powder, dried parsley, and dried dill. Whisk them together thoroughly. After mixing, taste the mixture and add a pinch of salt if you think it's needed.
  • Cover or pour into a small container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Notes

Fresh Herbs: Swap dried herbs with 1 teaspoon of finely chopped parsley and 1/4 teaspoon of finely chopped dill. Adjust the quantity to suit your taste for a fresher herb flavor.
Consistency Adjustments: This dressing’s thickness suits both dips and salads. For a thinner consistency ideal for salads, simply stir in a bit of milk or cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 59kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 11mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 42IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 7mg, Iron: 1mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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10 Comments

  1. Evelyn says:

    Thank you so much. I live alone and you are are a blessing. 😋 I love your recipes.♥️

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you so much, Evelyn.

      1. H says:

        I’ve tried other homeade Ranch recipes. This one does not disappoint! It tastes amazing and it’s super easy to make. I love buttermilk so I added just a splash. I eat more salads now with this dressing. Bottle brands are really hard to eat after this.

  2. Linda says:

    I can’t do dairy and I so miss reach dressing. Is it possible to leave the sour cream out and increase the mayonnaise?

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Definitely! Increase the amount of mayo and leave out the sour cream – you may need to tweak the other ingredients to get the taste you like.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I was looking for a small batch recipe just for reheated pizza and landed here. So good! My husband came home after I had it in the fridge for maybe 10 min. He was incredibly surprised with how much this tastes like a ranch packet and asked me to find it again and pin it right away.

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m thrilled to hear you and your husband loved the ranch dressing! Thanks for pinning and for the great feedback!

  4. Gordie says:

    Thank you so much for this. Ran out and had all the ingredients needed. Tastes great!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      You are most welcome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the dressing.

  5. Curt B says:

    Followed the recipe, except for doubling it – perfect! Never buying ranch again. Now I also can do copies of all the Hidden Valley variations. Thank you.