This homemade gluten free ranch dressing is perfect for salads, vegetable dips, and even dipping French fries! It is delicious, versatile, and easy to make in just minutes!

A small mason jar of homemade ranch dressing.

If you have never thought of making creamy ranch dressing from scratch, now is the time. Many store-bought ranch dressings and seasoning packets contain unnecessary ingredients and artificial flavors. Figuring out which store-bought ranch dressings are gluten-free is another challenge.

Follow along as I walk you through making your own homemade gluten-free salad dressing. I hope you agree this is the best ranch dressing recipe! You will never want store-bought again! While you are visiting, check out all of my delicious gluten free salad recipes!

Why we love this gluten free ranch dressing:

  1. Although I use fresh herbs to make this flavorful ranch dressing, you can also use dried herbs. The quantities needed are in the FAQ below.
  2. You can make this dressing in about 5 minutes.
  3. My recipe is made with simple ingredients that you can find at any grocery store. These fresh ingredients are what make this salad so good.
  4. I include lots of easy flavor variations so you can enjoy lots of versions of this dressing. Check out below to make this with sriracha, avocado, etc.
  5. It is easy to make heartier salads by adding leftover chicken, steak, or shrimp.

This dressing was so much easier than I expected. My kids love carrots dipped
in this ranch dressing.

Laura K., Pinterest comment

Allergen Information:

This homemade ranch dressing is gluten-free, soy-free, oat-free, and nut-free.

Photos of the ranch dressing ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Mayonnaise – You can use any mayonnaise you like in this recipe. I used Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise, but many brands are gluten free. Just be sure to check the label. Just Mayo is another brand I like to use. Use egg-free mayonnaise if you are egg-free.
  • Sour Cream – Use full fat if possible, but both low and full fat work well. You can swap Greek yogurt for sour cream if you are cutting back on fat.
  • Lemon – Lemon juice adds great flavor.
  • Fresh Herbs – Dill, parsley, and chives all add special flavors. If you can’t find fresh herbs, look at the FAQ to get the right measurements for using dried herbs.
  • Garlic – I used garlic powder, but minced fresh garlic is also tasty!
  • Onion Powder—This ingredient is optional, but you can include it if you like a little onion flavor in your ranch dressing.
  • Salt – I used a dash of sea salt, but kosher salt also works well.

Fresh vs. Dried Herbs:

There are a few things to know when it comes to using fresh herbs vs. dried herbs. First, you need to use a larger quantity of fresh herbs compared to dried ones. Dried herbs’ flavor is more condensed from the drying process.

Fresh herbs are straightforward to grow, and growing them at home is much cheaper. Check out how easy, with this guide, herbs to grow in your kitchen window. You can have access to fresh herbs all year long!

Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Step 1: If you use fresh herbs, wash them and pat them dry with a paper towel to remove the moisture. This is the best way to wash herbs to ensure all of the dirt is removed.

Place the herbs on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut them into tiny pieces. I prefer to use this herb cutter because it gets the pieces of herb cut very fine.

A glass bowl of whipped mayonnaise.

Step 2: Add the mayonnaise to a large mixing bowl and whip it with a wire whisk. Add the remaining ingredients, including sour cream, lemon juice, garlic (or garlic powder), salt, and pepper, to the bowl.

A close up of the ranch dressing on a white rubber spatula.

Step 3: Mix all of the ingredients well. This easy gluten-free ranch dressing is so creamy and look at those fresh herbs. You know it will taste amazing on any salad or fresh veggies on an appetizer tray.

Not only is this homemade ranch dressing awesome on salads, but it is also perfect for dipping vegetables and these Gluten-Free Fish Sticks!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What quantities do I use if I have dried herbs?

To use dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon dill, 1 teaspoon dried chives, and 1 teaspoon dried parsley.

How do you store gluten free ranch dressing?

Store your dressing in an airtight container. I like to use small mason jars for storage.

How long will homemade ranch dressing keep in the fridge?

This ranch dressing will keep fresh for up to 5 days in the fridge.

Can you freeze ranch dressing?

I do not recommend freezing your ranch dressing. Freezing it changes the texture and flavor.

Can you make vegan ranch dressing with this recipe?

Vegan ranch dressings are in high demand for many. You can make this recipe vegan using vegan mayo and dairy-free sour cream. Forager makes a great vegan sour cream.

Fun flavor variations to try!

  • Bacon – Add chopped cooked bacon to your ranch dressing. In my humble opinion, bacon makes this a great recipe for any bacon lover.
  • Avocado – Whip ripe avocado and the mayonnaise in a food processor, then mix this into the other ingredients.
  • Buttermilk – Substitute buttermilk for the sour cream.
  • Use different herbs like finely chopped rosemary or cilantro!
  • If you love spice, try this Jalapeño Ranch dressing!

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A small mason jar of homemade ranch dressing.

Gluten Free Ranch Dressing Recipe

Sandi Gaertner
This easy recipe makes the creamiest gluten free ranch dressing. It is perfect for salads, appetizer trays, and even dipping French fries in!
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Gluten Free Salad Recipes, Gluten Free Sauces and Marinades
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 172 kcal


  • ¾ cup mayonnaise * see note
  • ½ cup sour cream * see note
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley curly or flat leaf
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • ½ tablespoon fresh chives
  • ¼ garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • pepper to taste


  • Wash your herbs and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • On a cutting board, chop the herbs into small pieces.
  • In a large mixing bowl add the mayonnaise and use a whisk to whip it for 1 minute.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients including the herbs.
  • Mix well and serve over salad.


  1. If you prefer to use dried herbs, use 1 teaspoon of each. Dried herbs are more potent in flavor than fresh. You can always adjust and add more after you mix the ingredients together.
  2. You can make all sorts of variations of the flavor by adding chopped bacon, avocado, sriracha, etc.
  3. To make this vegan, use a vegan mayo and a vegan sour cream or vegan plain yogurt.
  4. This homemade gluten free ranch dressing will keep fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store in an airtight container.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 172kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 284mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 0.05gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 157IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.1mg
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