Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing in a Mason Jar

Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing in a Mason Jar

September 28, 2022

Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing in a Mason Jar

The secret to an absolutely decadent ranch dressing? Buttermilk. Make this buttermilk ranch dressing in a mason jar once and it’ll replace your current go-to ranch dressing recipe. It’s that good! Here’s everything you need to know about this delicious recipe:

What is Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing?

Buttermilk salad dressing is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a salad dressing that has one crucial ingredient - buttermilk. buttermilk is perfect for salad dressing, particularly ranch dressing, because it’s sourer than regular milk and a little bit thicker, resulting in a super tasty and creamy dressing that isn’t too thick or too heavy.

Buttermilk is a secret ingredient in lots of recipes. Bread, biscuits, and sauces all take on new life with the addition of buttermilk, but it’s particularly welcome in a ranch salad dressing.

Layout with mason jar of salad dressing, Ergo Spout WIDE, and salad makings

How to Make Buttermilk Dressing

Here’s what you’ll need to make Classic Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:

  • 1/2 c. mayo
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. buttermilk
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 t. dried chives (or 1 1/2 t. fresh chives chopped)
  • 1/2 t. dried parsley (or 1 1/2 t fresh parsley chopped)
  • 1/2 t. dried dill weed (or 1 1/2 t fresh dill chopped)
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder (or 1 clove garlic minced)
  • 1/4 t. onion powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. ground pepper

Here’s how to make this tasty dressing:

  1. Put all your ingredients in a wide mouth mason jar.
  2. Using an immersion blender, blend until smooth.
  3. Place an Ergo Spout® WIDE on the mason jar to serve.

This salad dressing is sinfully easy to make. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you can use a traditional blender instead.

Layout with ingredients for Buttermilk Salad dressing including buttermilk, sour cream and seasonings.

Ways to Serve Buttermilk Dressing

Buttermilk dressing is easy to serve because of its consistency. Whether you’re serving it to a group of people or just pouring it over your own meal, there are plenty of ways to easily serve it:

  • Ergo Spout® WIDE - Our favorite way to serve buttermilk ranch dressing is with our wide mouth mason jar spout. Instead of dirtying another dish or bottle, keep your dressing in your mason jar and use the Ergo Spout® WIDE to easily pour it over your favorite foods. It’s perfect in any setting and saves even the clumsiest of pourers from having to clean up a mess. 
  • A dish and a spoon - Serve your ranch dressing in a decorative dish and let guests ladle it over their food with a spoon. It’s an easy way for everyone to get their hands on this tasty condiment.
  • Squeeze bottle - If you’re serving handheld food at a barbecue or a picnic, put your ranch dressing in a squeeze bottle so guests can easily squirt it onto their burger, hot dog, or plate of veggies. 
Buttermilk ranch salad dressing pouring from a mason jar with an Ergo Spout WIDE.

Ways to Use Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Buttermilk Ranch is a versatile salad dressing that can be used for so many dishes. Here are some of our favorite food serve it with:

  • Salad - Of course, the most classic use for ranch dressing is a salad. We love it on a classic Cobb, with a taco salad, or over a simple bowl of fresh greens.
  • Tacos - If you haven’t poured ranch dressing over your tacos yet, you’ve got to try it. It’s a great way to add a different dimension of flavor to your favorite Tuesday night meal.
  • Pizza - Every good slice of pizza is made even better with a dollop of ranch dressing. Whether you’re dipping it or drizzling it on, you’ll enjoy your slice a little bit more with a side of buttermilk ranch.
Wedge salad with buttermilk ranch dressing in the foreground with a mason jar of dressing with an Ergo Spout WIDE in the background.

Other Recipes to Check Out

If you love this buttermilk ranch recipe, try making these other recipes, all perfect for your mason jar and accessories:

  • Naturally Sweetened Raspberry Vinaigrette - For a fruity vinaigrette that’s as tasty as a marinade as it is a salad dressing, try out this raspberry version. It’s perfect for your light salads any time of the year. 
  • Egg Muffins - Egg muffins are an unbeatable breakfast dish that is unbelievably easy to make when using an Ergo Spout®. Customizable and delicious, you’ll want to have these on hand whether you’re hosting brunch or feeding your family on a busy morning. 
  • Asian Salad Dressing - Make a simple Asian salad dressing in your mason jar and use our Ergo Spout® to easily pour it over your favorite medley of greens, fruit, and protein.
Ingredients for buttermilk ranch dressing in a wide mouth mason jar before it's mixed.


Why should I use buttermilk ranch instead of regular ranch?

Regular ranch dressing is tasty, but buttermilk ranch has a creamier taste and a better texture.

Can I use a stand mixer instead of a blender?

No, you cannot use a stand mixer instead of a blender. A stand mixer is only going to incorporate the ingredients, and if you use certain attachments, it could whip the ingredients, giving you a completely different texture than what you’re after.

A blender will incorporate the ingredients while giving you the texture that you want for your buttermilk ranch dressing.

How can I thicken my dressing?

There are a couple of ways you can thicken your dressing, and it comes down to how you prefer your dressing to taste. You can thicken the dressing by increasing the amount of mayonnaise or sour cream. 

If you want a more mayonnaise-forward dressing, use more mayonnaise, and the same goes for sour cream. You could use more of both if you want the flavor to stay balanced.

Can I make this recipe vegan?

This recipe does use a lot of animal products, but you could make it vegan by omitting the sour cream and using vegan buttermilk. You may have a difficult time finding vegan buttermilk in-store, so you could make your own using plant-based milk and lemon juice.

How should I store my dressing?

Buttermilk ranch dressing needs to be refrigerated. keep it in your mason jar and use your Ergo Spout® WIDE to protect it from the elements in your fridge. Your buttermilk ranch dressing in a mason jar should last weeks when properly stored.

Let us know how you like this recipe, and share your success story using your Ergo Spout® WIDE!


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