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Basic Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 5 min.


32 servings (1 qt.)

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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  • Shawnee
    Jul 29, 2020

    I just made this today and it's really heavenly. It's super easy and the balance between the buttermilk, mayo, and spices is perfection. I used a quart size glass milk jar and it filled the whole thing up just right. Thank you! This recipe is a hand-me-down for sure!

  • Ben
    Jul 11, 2020

    Tastes exactly the way you want buttermilk dressing to taste. Throw the ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake. Couldn't be easier.

  • Lady Fingers
    May 3, 2020

    I'd never made ranch dressing before, but I had some buttermilk for a different recipe. This is a really tasty dressing! I quartered the recipe, using 1/2 cup each of buttermilk and mayonnaise, and 3/4 teaspoon where the recipe called for a tablespoon of an herb or seasoning. -- And I confess, I used dried dill instead of parsley.

  • suefalk
    Mar 18, 2018

    A very tasty buttermilk dressing. The recipe makes quite a bit. So I divided it into two containers and added fresh blue cheese to one.

  • Naomie
    Dec 24, 2017

    Delicious! I used a little less buttermilk to make it a tad bit thicker. Everyone loved it!

  • sportsmom62
    Jan 18, 2016

    I made this and it was super easy and very delicious. We use a lot of ranch at our house and this is by far the best one I have tasted!

  • pammat
    Apr 28, 2015

    Best Buttermilk Dressing. I have tried many and this one has become my go to.

  • marsha hamilton
    Jan 12, 2013

    This is really good, but was a little too thin. But, like I said it was delicious.

  • tucker75
    Jun 8, 2010

    taste just like what i had at a wedding very good!!!!!

  • malibumeg11
    Feb 17, 2009

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