Make Your Own ranch dressing with no buttermilk
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🥗 Homemade Ranch Dressing Without Buttermilk

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Homemade ranch dressing with no buttermilkRanch Dressing is a very popular dressing and no wonder. It tastes fresh and tangy and really adds to your meal. But what to do if you don’t have buttermilk on hand?


Does all Ranch have buttermilk?

The original Ranch Dressing included buttermilk to add some tang to the taste. But if you don’t have any buttermilk, or would prefer not to use it, it’s not necessary.

What can I use instead of buttermilk in Ranch Dressing?

You have lots of choices to replace buttermilk in Ranch Dressing:

• Yoghurt, with a dash of water as needed to get the right consistency.
• Sour cream, with a dash of water as needed to get the right consistency.
• White vinegar added to the amount of milk required. You can also use apple cider vinegar if you won’t have white vinegar. That’s fine, but it might just leave a bit of a taste.
• Cream of tartar; add 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar for each cup of milk required.
• Lemon juice (my favorite method); add 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh or bottled lemon juice) to 1 cup of milk. Allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes before using.

Can you substitute milk for buttermilk in Ranch Dressing?

It is not recommended that you use plain milk instead of buttermilk. The dressing will not be of the same consistency or taste.

What happens if you use milk instead of buttermilk?

Your ranch dressing will not turn out as thick or tangy as real homemade Ranch Dressing.

You can use yoghurt, white vinegar, cream of tartar or lemon juice to get the same effect as buttermilk. Converting milk to buttermilk is so easy; just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and set it aside for 15 minutes before using it.

Can I use evaporated milk instead of buttermilk?

Yes, you can, but it needs an addition first.

For a can of evaporate milk, add EITHER of quarter cup of white vinegar OR quarter cup of lemon juice.

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of buttermilk?

Yes, you can. Use the yoghurt as you would for buttermilk. Yoghurt is thicker than buttermilk, so add dashes of water to get the right consistency.

Can I use heavy cream instead of buttermilk?

Yes, you can, but you need to add a tablespoon of lemon juice to each cup of cream. Then add dashes of water or milk to get the right texture. Keep in mind that heavy cream has more fat than buttermilk.

Can I use sour cream instead of buttermilk?

Yes, you can. No additions are required, but you can use water or milk to get the right thickness.

Can I use almond milk instead of buttermilk?

Yes, you can. Just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice OR white vinegar. Mix it in and allow it to stand for about 15 minutes.

Can I use rice milk instead of buttermilk?

Unfortunately, rice milk is unable to be thickened to the correct consistency. It’ll be just too runny to use for making Ranch Dressing.

How to make 2 cups of buttermilk

Take 2 cups of milk and add ONE of the following:

• 2 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 tablespoons white vinegar OR
• 2 teaspoons cream of tartar

Allow your buttermilk to sit for 10 to 15 minutes to form.

How to make 1 cup of buttermilk

Take 1 cup of milk and add ONE of the following:

• 1 tablespoons lemon juice
• 1 tablespoons white vinegar OR
• 1 teaspoons cream of tartar

Allow your buttermilk to sit for 10 to 15 minutes to form.

How to make half a cup of buttermilk

Take half a cup of milk and add ONE of the following:

• Half tablespoon lemon juice
• Half tablespoon white vinegar OR
• Half teaspoon cream of tartar

Allow your buttermilk to sit for 10 to 15 minutes to form.

Ranch Dressing Without Buttermilk Recipes

Some of these recipes include ingredients of “buttermilk or milk”.  You’ll notice that the recipe also includes the acidic substance in order to convert the milk to buttermilk.

If you’re looking for dairy-free Ranch Dressing recipes, we have you covered.