How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing Without Mayo

If you do not like mayonnaise, this ranch dressing recipe is for you.  On the flip side, if you like mayo, you will still love this recipe. The creaminess of sour cream and the tang of buttermilk makes this ranch dressing amazing; and no one, not even my mother, who will eat mayo straight off a spoon, will miss the mayonnaise.

Ranch dressing is popular in salads and as a condiment for a reason. It is creamy, cool, herby, and tastes good with many foods. Adults love it on salads and with hot wings.  Kids love it on chips and veggies, or even straight off a plate. We have all seen a kid (or were that kid) that would lick ranch dressing off a plate or from the same chip dipped in ranch dressing over and over again until the chip is too soggy to hold any more ranch dressing, right?

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Homemade Ranch Dressing Without Mayo

Homemade ranch dressing is easy to make and tastes superior to store-bought. No one will miss the mayo since it is creamy and tangy thanks to buttermilk and sour cream.

Converting recipes into “no-mayo” versions is my kind of thing, especially when I start tinkering with making homemade salad dressings.  Ranch dressing was the first dressing I decided I needed to master and make deliciousness without mayo. I knew I wanted something creamy and tangy like ranch but is also fresh with the herbs and garlic that make ranch what it is.  And we like it garlicky in our household.  I am Italian, so garlic can be a noun, verb, adjective, and a way of life in my home.

If you love chicken wings with ranch dressing, I have everything you need right here.  This is the single best hot wings recipe and the instant pot / electric pressure cooker makes them tender and my secret infuses a ridiculous amount of hot sauce flavor.   Just look at how amazing they are and the addition of this homemade ranch dressing just makes the perfect pairing!   Add the homemade pickled vegetables that are sour, salty, and tangy – well, there are no words!!!!

Perfect Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings with Pickled Vegetable and Homemade Ranch Dressing
Perfect Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Wings with Pickled Vegetable and Homemade Ranch Dressing
ranch dressing without mayo recipe
Ranch dressing and vegetables are a great snack for kids


Homemade vs Store-Bought Salad Dressings

Okay, I know what you are thinking – why would I spend time making this from scratch when there are a dozen different kinds of ranch dressing just waiting for me in the grocery store condiment aisle.  It is so fast and convenient to just buy it.  Plus, I know that dressing will last several months and I won’t worry about wasting food.

Yes, the bottled dressings out there have their pros but in my opinion, that convenience and shelf stability come at a price.  The reason it can be mass-produced and lasts a long time is the same reason why I don’t like them. (spoiler alert – preservatives!)

Here is why I always suggest people make homemade salad dressings:

  • Ingredient control so you can exclude anything allergic or inflammatory oils
  • Fresher ingredients = more vitamins/minerals
  • Can use organic or homegrown ingredients
  • Typically more budget-friendly
  • You can store them in your own cute jars/containers
  • Tweak it to make it your own, like more garlic

Do you need more convincing?  If so, just try this recipe and tell me if you are sold.

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Ranch Dressing without Mayonnaise

Ranch Dressing without Mayonnaise

This ranch dressing is so delicious, no one will know it is made without mayo. It is cool, creamy and herby just like a true ranch dressing should be.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • ¾ C buttermilk
  • ¾ C full-fat sour cream
  • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tsp fresh chives
  • 1 tsp each dried onion, dill, & parsley
  • salt & pepper


  • Whisk all ingredients together in a medium-size bowl or pourable pyrex measuring glass. Store in mason jars or another sealable container in the refrigerator.
  • If you want a thinner dressing, add a TB of buttermilk at a time until it is the consistency you like. We like a thick ranch dressing especially if we want it as a dip.
  • This lasts for about 2 weeks if stored correctly in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.


Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving  
Calories 57
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.8g 6%
Saturated Fat 2.9g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 36mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 2.2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1.2g  
Protein 1.5g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 53mg 4%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 70mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Keyword easy, gluten-free, grain-free, salad, vegetarian

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