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Homemade Buffalo Ranch

Vegetarian

Get your buffalo sauce and ranch dressing fix all in one with this simple, five-minute buffalo ranch. It’s great on salads, chicken, or as a dip for fries, pizza, and more. Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free.

Spoonful of buffalo ranch sauce set atop a jar.

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I’m back with yet another ranch dressing recipe because your girl just can’t get enough of it. I am from the Midwest after all. If you don’t know what that means, it means we like to douse just about everything with this creamy concoction.


What’s to love about this recipe?


  • It’s super simple! Combing the ingredients is all there is to it! It takes less than five minutes to prepare, requires just eight ingredients and very few kitchen items, and no special tools. If that doesn’t convince you to make it rather than purchasing the less than desirable store bought stuff, I don’t know what will.
  • It’s made with fresh unprocessed ingredients and no added sugar! One of the things that really irks me about bottled dressings is that nearly all of them contain sugar and often times lots of it. Why!?! Making it yourself means you can leave out the unnecessary added sugar and use fresh unprocessed ingredients. It not only tastes better this way but is much healthier.
  • There are so many uses for it! As I mentioned above, here in the Midwest we put ranch on everything. If I could get away with it, I’d probably just drink it. You can use it as a dip, as a dressing, and incorporate it into casseroles, among other things.
Buffalo ranch sauce in a jar with a spoon.

Ingredients (+ notes & substitutions)


Ingredients for buffalo ranch (see recipe card).
  • Mayonaisse: While I’m not a big fan of overly “mayonniase-y” ranch dressings, I have found that it is necessary to incorporate it for the sake of texture and body.
  • Sour Cream: Sour cream also aids the texture and gives the ranch some tang.
  • Franks Hot Sauce: I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but Frank’s is my go-to choice whenever I’m cooking up something “buffalo”. Its spot-on flavor and accessibility make it an obvious choice.
  • Buttermilk: To thin it out a bit and for flavor.
  • Fresh chives: A traditional ingredient in ranch dressing, chives add a mild oniony flavor and freshen things up.
  • Fresh parsley: For a little more herby goodness. If you don’t have fresh, parsley you can use one teaspoon of dried parsley instead.
  • Onion powder: For flavor.
  • Garlic powder: Typically I’d use fresh garlic but as you may know it has a tendency to be pretty potent. I didn’t want it to overpower the other flavors thus the garlic powder. If you prefer, however, you may sub the garlic powder for a small clove or two of fresh garlic.

How do you make buffalo ranch dressing?


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl or a jar with a lid.
Buffalo ranch dressing in jar before being mixed.

2. Whisk to combine or if using a jar, shake vigorously. I find that Franks Hot Sauce is plenty salty but you may add salt to taste. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later. The dressing will thicken with refrigeration.


Buffalo ranch sauce in a jar.

How to store


Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week.


FAQ


Can you freeze ranch dressing?

Because it contains sour cream and mayonnaise, freezing is not recommended. Although both of these ingredients may be frozen the texture will be altered significantly. If you do choose to freeze it, make sure to store it in an airtight container for no more than two months.

Is this buffalo ranch dressing keto?

Yes!!! It is prepared with real ingredients, without any added sugar, and there is just one carb per serving, making it keto-friendly.

Is this buffalo ranch sauce gluten-free?

Ranch dressing does not typically contain gluten and this one is not different. So yes, it is gluten-free.

Close-up of buffalo ranch in a jar with a spoon.
Fried chicken dipped in buffalo ranch.

Serving suggestions:


  • Coat your wings in it or use it as a dip for chicken tenders like these pickle brined fried chicken tenders.
  • As a dip for cridités, French fries, or even potato chips.
  • As a dressing for salad.
  • Slather it on a sandwich, burger, or wrap like this fried chicken wrap.

More ranch dressing recipes you may like:


  • Garlic Ranch: Homemade buttermilk ranch with fresh herbs and lotsa garlic (it’s got some bite!). Super easy prep and ready in just five minutes. Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.
  • Dill(icious) Ranch: This refreshing homemade ranch is easy to prepare and ready in just five minutes. It’s full of fresh herbs including mucho dill. Wonderful for dipping or to dress a salad. Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.
  • Chipotle Cilantro Lime Ranch: Smoky, zesty, and fresh; this quick and easy chipotle cilantro lime ranch packs a punch. It’s great on Mexican-style salads, for dipping veggies, or even on a burger or sandwich. Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian.

If you make this buffalo ranch sauce I’d love your feedback. Please leave a comment and/or a rating below as I greatly value your opinion. Or snap a pic and tag me on Instagram @taoofspiceblog. Love, light, and happy cooking ya’ll ♥

Spoonful of buffalo ranch sauce set atop a jar.

Buffalo Ranch

Yield: ~ 1 3/8 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Get your buffalo sauce and ranch dressing fix all in one with this simple, five-minute buffalo ranch. It's great on salads, chicken, or as a dip for fries, pizza, and more. Naturally vegetarian and gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons Franks Red Hot
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium bowl or a jar with a lid.
  2. Whisk to combine or shake vigorously if using a jar. Add salt to taste and serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Storage: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to one week. Freezing is not recommended.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 11 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 175mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

The nutritional information provided is computer generated. It is only an estimate and intended for informational purposes only. Nutrition details may vary depending on various factors such as origin, freshness of ingredients, etc

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