Homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe (Fast & Easy)

I gave up Ranch salad dressing a long time ago because first I gave up chemical ingredients and vegetable oil, and then somewhere along the way, I read some recipe that said I had to roast & puree all these veggies to make homemade ranch dressing. It sounded delicious laborious and time-consuming. Not very high on my list as a farming-mom-of-four!

And then one day I opened my Joy of Cooking cookbook and saw the recipe for Ranch dressing was pretty short… and pretty easy! Of course, since I was making salad on a whim, I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I improvised a little. Now I don’t even have to crack the book, it’s THAT easy and delicious, and made of things I almost always have around. 

Do yourself a favor and skip this nasty list of ingredients. Sure, this stuff won’t keep like the store-bought stuff, but then again… if it lasts forever without spoiling, I think that’s a pretty good indicator that it’s going to be hard to digest. 


Homemade Ranch Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt or buttermilk
  2. 1 tsp lemon juice
  3. 1 clove garlic, pressed or finely minced
  4. Salt & Pepper to taste
  5. Fresh chopped cilantro, if available
  1. Combine ingredients, stirring well. Thin with milk or buttermilk to desired consistency. Once refrigerated, mixture will thicken significantly. Easily doubles for more servings.
Shady Grove Ranch http://shadygroveranch.net/