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Best Ever Ranch Dressing

Keto ranch dressing is a staple in my household! We always have a jar of this homemade ranch dressing in the fridge to use for salads or for dipping fresh veggies. 

Homemade ranch dressing is the BEST ranch dressing!

I’m from the Midwest and you can tell it by my salads.

I will always go for an iceberg salad with ranch dressing.

A close up of a plate of salad topped with ranch dressing

It’s a very Midwestern salad and I do not even care a little bit.

You can keep your soft, flimsy, dark green weeds. I want my crunchy water-flavored lettuce.

As for the dressing?


Always ranch.

homemade ranch dressing in mason jar

I am a connoisseur of ranch dressing, to be perfectly honest.

There are two restaurants in my hometown that I eat at mostly because they have really good ranch dressing. The rest of the food is fine, but what keeps me coming back is the ranch.

My low carb ranch dressing is quite tasty, if I do say so myself! It’s packed with big bold flavors from fresh herbs and a little tang from the vinegar.

homemade ranch dressing in mason jar

You’re going to want to drizzle this keto ranch dressing on all of your salads from now until forever, but don’t stop there! It makes a great dip for fresh veggies too.

I’m partial to raw broccoli dipped in ranch, but use whatever low carb vegetables you prefer. Bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes – they’re all good!

How to make ranch dressing:

This is just about the easiest recipe out there!

ranch dressing ingredients in glass bowl

You’ll start with some mayonnaise, sour cream, and heavy cream.

If you’re not following a strict keto diet, you can use buttermilk in place of the heavy cream. You’ll save a whole lot of fat and calories.

We’ll also add in some vinegar to give it that tangy zip we all love.

If you’re using buttermilk, a tablespoon of white distilled vinegar will work nicely. If you’re using heavy cream, you’ll want to use two tablespoons of vinegar.

healthy ranch dressing on salad

Grab your herbs and add them right in. You’ll want chives, parsley, and loads of dill.

I also add in freshly minced garlic and a bit of onion powder.

Salt finishes things off.

Whisk the dressing together and store it in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 5 days.

The fresh herbs and garlic mean that you don’t want to keep it past 5 days as they’ll start to spoil.

This low carb ranch dressing tastes best after it’s had a few hours in the fridge for the flavors to really meld together.

easy ranch dressing recipe in mason jar with fresh vegetables

What to serve with homemade ranch dressing:

A side salad or fresh veggies are always a hit with this ranch dressing recipe.

Drizzle it over your serving of this low carb taco casserole. (I told you I’m from the Midwest. I even put ranch on my tacos!)

Use this dressing to make my broccoli salad and skip the packaged ranch mix.

Drizzle it over these fried radishes and sprinkle on some cheddar. They’ll taste a bit like loaded potatoes.

Slow cooker chicken wings were made to be dunked in ranch!

A jar of ranch dressing surrounded by various vegetables

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homemade ranch dressing in mason jar

Homemade Ranch Dressing

This is my favorite salad dressing and dip! My ranch dressing recipe is bursting with fresh flavor. 

Per 2 tablespoons: 121 calories, 13g fat, 1g protein, 1g carb, 0g fiber = 1 net carb

Yield 10 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dill
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chives
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk well to combine.
  2. Transfer mixture to a mason jar for storage. 
  3. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 10 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 287mgCarbohydrates: 1gNet Carbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

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102 thoughts on “Best Ever Ranch Dressing”

  1. This is so tasty and simple to make. I will only make this ranch dressing from now on. I added it to my taco salad and this dressing made it taste exceptional. Thanks for another awesome recipe!

  2. Janet Carey

    The only vinegar allowed on my eating plan is Apple Cider Vinegar. If I use that instead of the white vinegar, should I start with less than the 2 tablespoons in the recipe? Thank you!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Janet! I think the same amount would likely be fine, but you can use less if you like. I’ve never tried it with ACV.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Most mayo is 0 carbs, just check the nutrition labels. I normally use Kraft or Hellman’s.

  3. My whole family loves this! And my two kids are (were!) using a lot of bottled ranch. Hands down, everyone agrees this recipe is way better!!

  4. Karina Rider

    Really good. The vinegar makes it tangy. If you want it a little less tangy, cut to one tablespoon. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Bill Benson

    Very very good but I thought the dill was a little overpowering. I’ll dial it back next time. I also love someone’s suggestion of using buttermilk.

  6. This recipe is delicious! Creamy, fresh, rich, flavorful deliciousness. My kids love it too. I will never use store bought ranch again.

  7. Linda White

    I made this today and liked it so much I made several more batches to give away!!!!!! it is super delicious and so easy!!!!! Thank you so much, Karly. I will be watching and learning from you! Thanks again!

    1. Karly Campbell

      I’ve only made it with the mayo, but I’m sure you could make it with sour cream. It will just taste more like dip than dressing.

  8. Start with less salt add more to taste. Was a bit on the salty side for me but I will be making this again!

    1. Karly Campbell

      Hi Elle! The nutrition information is all listed in the recipe card. It’ll be keto friendly depending on the mayo you use.

  9. YeeeHaww! No one loves Ranch Dressing more than me!!! I have tried so many Ranch recipes which left me less than respectable results. And, Now, This is what I have dreamed about! My years-old search is finally over. Thank you!!!

        1. Karly Campbell

          I can’t really answer that. Food safety is such a tricky thing when you start mixing ingredients. I’m not sure how the mayo and buttermilk will hold up with the other ingredients.

  10. I made this, very tasty but not sure why….I made it it was very thick, went to use it the next day and was extremely runny, like milk consistency. Anybody know why?

    1. One potential reason for runniness – if you used fresh herbs, they can let off their water content, especially if you just washed them (must dry them too). Something I hit in some dips (a good whisking attachment on a hand mixer/not the immersion blender/ can help). May also be the mayo.
      I cannot wait to try this tomorrow!

  11. Just made this. It is FANTASTIC! This will be my go-to homemade ranch dressing recipe. Thank you!

    1. Forgot to add that I chose to use buttermilk instead of the heavy cream. Thank you for the pro tip. I can’t wait for my family to taste it!

  12. Never would I ever add vinegar. Simple ranch is mayo, whipping cream, minced onion, 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper. Boom! Your welcome.

    1. L.L. sorry no one thanked you for your snippy comment or your underwhelming modification. Karly’s recipe is delicious, and I’ve made multiple batches. Great job, Karly!

    2. I personally love the tang the vinegar adds. It gives the ranch an additional layer of flavor and other recipes that don’t use it generally taste bland to me.

    3. You know every single ranch recipe includes dill, right? What you made is basically garlic and onion mayo. The vinegar ads an element that isn’t provided by the mayo, sour cream, and HWC alone. The spices are what make if ranch. You’re welcome.

    4. Adding vinegar or lemon juice is equivalent to using buttermilk instead of cream, so it will taste like buttermilk ranch.

  13. Not exactly like the restaurant style ranch I’m hoping for, but it was surprising super tasty! Love this recipe. Great for snacking on carrots and putting over a salad. Love it, well done!

      1. Arizona gal. This ranch dressing is awesome. It tasted fantastic for dipping vegys. Kids loved it too. Made it easier for them to actually eat some vegys. Loved it. Thank you.

          1. Karly Campbell

            Whatever you have on hand is fine. We usually use Kraft or Duke’s.

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