Southern Buttermilk Dressing

Southern buttermilk dressing is so simple to make you will never purchase it store-bought again!  A creamy, tangy buttermilk dressing flavored with fresh herbs that’s great on salads, pasta, or a vegetable dip. 

Southern buttermilk dressing in a mason jar with a salad in the background.

We make this dressing weekly at our house, it’s that good.

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Southern Buttermilk Dressing

Southern Buttermilk Dressing - dressing mixed in a mason jar

How to make a simple buttermilk dressing

So easy it literally takes 5 minutes to prepare. Ok, so there is chill time just plan ahead.

Mince the green onions, parsley, and garlic. To lessen the bite of the garlic I grate it instead of mince. My family will complain if they get even the tiniest a bite of strong garlic.

Southern Buttermilk Dressing - dressing coating a spoon over a mason jar

Add the buttermilk, mayonnaise, green onion, fresh parsley, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper into a bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.

Cover and chill at least one hour. It’s good after an hour but even better overnight!

Southern Buttermilk Dressing - salad in a glass bowl drizzled with dressing

Serve it over a mixed green salad.

So skip the grocery store for the bottled ranch and make this instead!

Southern Buttermilk Dressing - dressing in a mason jar

Or use this homemade buttermilk ranch dressing in a pasta salad! Best of all use this as a fresh vegetable dip, so irresistible!

Also, check out our Greek Salad dressing recipe!

Southern buttermilk dressing in a mason jar with a salad in the background.

Southern Buttermilk Dressing

So simple to make you will never purchase store-bought again! A creamy, tangy buttermilk dressing flavored with fresh herbs that's great on salads, pasta or a vegetable dip.
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Course: Appetizer, Dressing / Dip
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling time: 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Leigh Harris


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon green onion, minced (green parts only)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper


  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl or jar. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour (overnight for best results).
  • If a thinner dressing is preferred, stir in additional buttermilk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. For thicker add additional mayonnaise.
  • Serve over a mixed green salad or as a dip. 


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 334mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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