Ranch Dressing – no Mayo!

We despise mayonnaise but love the creamy and tart flavor from buttermilk and sour cream and the bite from the onion in Ranch Dressing. And how great is it on a salad made from crunchy iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, shredded carrots and cherry tomatoes – plus more diced green onions?  Well, do with the dressing what you like. This is a quick version lightly adapted from The Only Ranch Dressing Recipe You Will Ever Need.  We have dropped the mayonnaise, and added onion powder and white pepper.  To keep it quick and easy, make the dressing straight into the bottle or jar that you will store dressing in.  It is best if the dressing has 30 minutes rest time in the refrigerator allowing the flavors to meld.

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Ranch Dressing - no Mayo!

Ranch Dressing before shaking
Ranch Dressing before shaking
Using a microplane to grate the garlic ensures that dressing will be smooth and that the garlic flavor permeates without leaving behind any chunks of garlic.  Chop, grate, measure and mix!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 6 -8


  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 4 tablespoons green onions, diced


  • In a bottle (or mason jar), pour the measured buttermilk and sour cream. Grate the garlic straight into the jar.  Add the Dijon mustard, onion powder, salt and & white pepper.  Add the diced green onions, put lid on and shake until all lumps are worked out.