Southern Bite Ranch Dressing

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You know, we Southerners like to put ranch dressing on just about anything. Pizza, pasta, french fries, chicken fingers, fresh veggies, hot wings, even salads! Seriously though, we do love us some ranch dressing south of the Mason-Dixon Line. My favorite way to sop up some ranch dressing is with some hot, fresh fried dill pickles! Yum! And I’ve been trying for years to perfect a ranch that best suits my taste. Well, I think I’m pretty close.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t stand shelf-stable bottled ranch dressing. It’s just totally not my thing. Growing up, my Mom always made ranch at home using the packets of Hidden Valley Ranch mix. And don’t get me wrong, I do still love me some HVR, but being a food person, I feel it’s a requirement to have my own ranch recipe.

So, after months or research and development, here you go. But this recipe is going to come with a price… I want to know what you think about it. Take the recipe, test it, and come back and tell me about it. Feel free to alter the recipe and come back and share your version. Everyone who comes back and shares their recipe or posts a picture of their ranch dressing on our Facebook wall will be entered to win in our next give-a-way. It’ll be worth it, I promise!

So without further ado, I introduce… Southern Bite Ranch


  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well. Allow to chill for at least 2 hours for the flavors to meld.

Southern Bite Ranch Dressing
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  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well. Allow to chill for at least 2 hours for the flavors to meld.

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  1. I will have to try this. We are always on the look out for a good ranch dressing. I probably buy a different brand a couple times a month and we still don’t really have a favorite! Thanks.

  2. Since my hubby adores ranch but we try to abstain from foods that are fattening, I worked out a more tummy-friendly version for him:

    16 oz Fat Free Plain Yogurt
    1/2 tsp Salt
    1/2 tsp Black Pepper
    2 tsp Onion Powder
    1 tsp Garlic Powder
    1 tsp Dried Parsley
    1 tsp White Sugar (Optional, some yogurts are more tart than others.)

  3. Angie from ABLOF says:

    Stacey, I love it!!! It’s perfect…I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand so I used regular milk & instead of black pepper I used white but that was all I changed.

    • I do that sometimes too when I don’t have the buttermilk. But the white pepper is a GREAT idea! I’ll have to give that a spin myself!

  4. I am pretty impressed you make your own ranch dressing. But dipping pickles into it? I, lofty soul from the Rocky Mountains, think that may just be disgusting. But I’ll have to try it first before I make that judgement. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  5. “Eating deep fried pickles is a life-changing experience!”

  6. Fried dill pickles – love them!! And you are so right – must be dipped in ranch dressing! I can’t wait to try your ranch recipe.

  7. Dukes mayo is good stuff !!!!

  8. I just made your ranch dressing. I loved the taste, although I will cut down on the salt next time. I did use kosher salt instead of table salt. I always make HVR dressing, because I cant stand bottled dressing either. I didnt tell my family that I had made a “different” ranch. They couldnt tell the difference. Looks like no more HVR for us! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Pretty, pretty good. I love the green goodies–chives and parsley, gives it some “texture” you don’t find in the store bought stuff. I used powdered garlic because I don’t know what granulated garlic is. Also used some white pepper as well as black pepper. The whole deal turned out great. Best Ranch dressing I’ve ever had. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • So glad you enjoyed it, Bill! And just so you know, granulated garlic is just a coarser grind of garlic powder so substituting that is just fine.

  10. Just made this today after a long hunt for a good homemade ranch dressing. It turned out great! Swapped the mayo for Greek yogurt but kept the rest of the recipe the same. Thanks so much!

  11. I know this recipe posted quite a while ago, but I have to admit I am new to this blog. That being said, I made this ranch dressing last week and it was delicious!! My family loved it too. It will be a staple in my fridge from now on.

    Thank you, Stacey!

  12. The ranch dressing was fantastic! I didn’t have any buttermilk, so I used whole milk and added vinegar to it. Let it sit on the counter for about 5 minutes and you have buttermilk. For cooking or baking it is 1 cup of whole or 2% milk and 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar. You can’t taste the vinegar in the final product. For this recipe I used 1/2 cup of milk and 1 & 1/2 tsp of vinegar.

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