Buttermilk Dill aka "Ranch" Salad Dressing

Bunch of dill

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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
102 Calories
10g Fat
2g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 102
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 491mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Calcium 62mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This light yet creamy, ranch-style dressing is perfect for the tender, young lettuces of spring and early summer. If you want to add some crunch, it's tasty with trimmed radishes or slices of cucumber, too. Add them to a salad or serve the dressing as a dip. 

As long as you're using it as a dip, use this fresh, vibrant, homemade version wherever you might go for a bottled ranch dressing.


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk*
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ​fresh dill
  • 1 small bunch ​fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Optional: 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional: freshly ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Whisk together the buttermilk and mayonnaise to combine them thoroughly into a very smooth mixture. 

  2. Finely mince the dill (you should have about 2 tablespoons). Stir it into the buttermilk mixture.

  3. Finely mince the chives (again, you should have about 2 tablespoons). Stir them into the buttermilk mixture, too.

  4. Stir in the salt. Add the garlic powder to taste, if you like. Taste and add more salt, if you like. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste, if you like. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes and up to 1 week before using.


  • While making "fake buttermilk" by stirring a teaspoon of lemon juice into a cup of milk and letting it sit 10 to 15 minutes is a great option for many recipes, that's not so true of this recipe.