This ranch dressing is great because it doesn't have all the chemicals and preservatives that many do. You can also use buttermilk in place of the sour cream, if you like.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, parsley, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

152.7 calories; 0.5 g protein; 1.1 g carbohydrates; 11.2 mg cholesterol; 133.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2009
I have been on a three-year quest to find the perfect ranch dressing recipe, and I finally found it! This is great! I did make modifications to suit our Texas taste buds (ranch dressing is a condiment here!), but this is a wonderful start. My modifications are to 1) Change the mayo/sour cream/buttermilk to 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2)Increase the garlic to 1/2 tsp., and 3) Add 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil (for consistency). Thanks Dawnia! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/24/2013
Prepared as written this is a perfectly acceptable mayonnaise-based dip. But that's not what I wanted. I wanted ranch dressing, easily achieved by backing off on the mayonnaise and thinning it out with buttermilk. Dried herbs, if they're fresh, are just fine; but since I had them I used fresh herbs to taste. Much improved if prepared an hour or two in advance. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2009
I have been on a three-year quest to find the perfect ranch dressing recipe, and I finally found it! This is great! I did make modifications to suit our Texas taste buds (ranch dressing is a condiment here!), but this is a wonderful start. My modifications are to 1) Change the mayo/sour cream/buttermilk to 1/2 cup mayo, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2)Increase the garlic to 1/2 tsp., and 3) Add 1/2 tsp. vegetable oil (for consistency). Thanks Dawnia! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/24/2007
Pretty good. If you want a dip for cut veggies - use the sour cream. If you want a dressing to drizzle over salad - use buttermilk. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/23/2007
I'm a chef in Southern, CA, and 27 years old...best 'simple' recipe for ranch/house dressing that I've ever made in a pinch. I had suprise guests come over, and my buddy loves my cobb salad. I left my recipes at work, and needed to make a good blue cheese dressing. I looked up this recipe and then added a tsp. of worstechire sauce, and gorgonzola cheese to make the blue cheese dressing and it was great. I saved half of the original ranch dressiing and had it woth some buffalo wings, carrot, and celery the next night, and by then it had developed a fantastic flavor. GREAT RECIPE. Chef Dave Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/01/2007
I quite like this recipe with a few changes of my own and from those of other reviewers. First I decreased the sour cream to only 1/4 c. as I thought the sour cream flavor was a little overpowering. I added 1/2 c. buttermilk to the mayo and used 1/8 tsp. seasoned salt in place of the regular salt I also added 1/4 tsp. vinegar as had been suggested and upped the garlic powder to 1/2 tsp. With these changes I gave it 5 stars. Thanks for the recipe it is wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2003
Bottled dressings aren't even close to hanging with this homemade version! I loved it! I used buttermilk and also used fresh chives. It is imperative to let it chill in the fridge for a while. Just after making it, I tried it and it tasted "mayonnaisey." But after three hours it just tasted great! Thanks for the recipe, it is definetly a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/09/2003
This is absolutely the best ranch dressing I have ever tasted! I make it all the time for my husband and when I have guests over. Everyone asks for the recipe! If I use it as a dip I leave it just the way it is. As a salad dressing I thin it out a bit with 2% milk. Always yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2007
I've made this a number of times now and everyone always compliments it. Based on earlier reviews I use 1/2 cup each of mayo sour cream and buttermilk but otherwise leave the recipe unchanged. It is a thicker dressing (even with the buttermilk modification) perfect for dips but also compliments salads nicely sticking to the salad and not gathering uselessly in the bottom of the bowl. As others have mentioned the flavors blend together much better after a day or two. Have I found my Ranch Nirvana? Not yet but this is as close as anything else I've tried! Thanks Dawnia! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/24/2013
Prepared as written this is a perfectly acceptable mayonnaise-based dip. But that's not what I wanted. I wanted ranch dressing, easily achieved by backing off on the mayonnaise and thinning it out with buttermilk. Dried herbs, if they're fresh, are just fine; but since I had them I used fresh herbs to taste. Much improved if prepared an hour or two in advance. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/14/2009
Very thick and very good. I cut the recipe in half. I did a combo of 1/4 c. of mayo 1/4 c. of sour cream and 1/4 c. of buttermilk. I also added 1/4 tsp. of ground mustard and 1/2 tsp. of sugar. I had fresh chives so I used that in place of dried. A nice change from bottled dressing. Read More
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