Basic Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


32 servings (1 qt.)

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
When serving salad to a crowd, this easy buttermilk ranch dressing comes in handy. It make a full quart of creamy, delicious dressing to toss with your favorite greens and veggies. —Patricia Mele, Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania
Basic Buttermilk Salad Dressing Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Whisk together all ingredients. Refrigerate, covered, until serving.

Basic Buttermilk Salad Dressing Tips

Is buttermilk dressing the same as ranch dressing?

Buttermilk dressing is not exactly the same as ranch dressing. While they both contain buttermilk, mayo and herbs, ranch tends to have a little more tang and is heavier on the herbs and spices.

How long does homemade buttermilk dressing last?

Homemade buttermilk dressing will last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Can you freeze buttermilk dressing?

It’s best to not freeze buttermilk dressing because the buttermilk and other ingredients will separate, and the flavor will deteriorate.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 98 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 155mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fat.

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