Buffalo Ranch Sauce (Dressing or Dip!)

This buffalo ranch sauce is the perfect combination of creamy ranch and spicy buffalo flavors to make your taste buds so, so happy. Drizzle onto your favorite sandwich or burger, use as a salad dressing, or dip your favorite veggies in!

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Why you’ll love it

Confession: I love store-bought ranch seasoning mix. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s pretty foolproof. But, this buffalo-style homemade ranch dressing is worth making homemade (and that’s saying something from me!).

This is an absolute favorite in my house and we use it for anything that needs a sauce, dip, or dressing: salads, veggies, chicken strips, chicken nuggets, french fries, sandwiches, anything! The best part is truly how versatile it is.

This buffalo ranch sauce has the perfect amount of spicy kick and creamy ranch flavor, so if you already love both flavors separately, you’re definitely going to love this one!

Plus it’s made a little bit lighter than traditional creamy dressings and dips with Greek yogurt as one of the main ingredients (and you won’t be able to tell!). There’s even 3 grams of protein per serving!

Making homemade sauce and dressing can feel intimidated but it’s actually incredibly simple and truly just so much more flavorful than buying at the the grocery store. And once you use this as a buffalo ranch dip for your favorite veggies, you’re not going to want to go back!

Making your own delicious sauces and dressings truly takes your meals to the next level, trust me! Let’s get into what you need to make this spicy ranch sauce!

Ingredients for buffalo ranch sauce in small bowls with labels on a countertop.

Ingredients

You only need a few simple ingredients and seasonings to make this.

  1. Buttermilk: Buttermilk is a typical ingredient you’ll find in ranch dressings because it gives it a unique creamy tangy flavor. If you don’t have any, you can make your own by combining 1 cup of milk with 1 tbsp of vinegar or lemon juice and letting it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Greek yogurt: I love using Greek yogurt in this sauce as a sour cream replacement because it’s so similar flavor wise but offers a little more nutrition.
  3. Milk: You’ll need just a bit milk to thin the sauce out a bit. Use any kind that you like, keeping in mind that full-fat or reduced-fat will be creamier and skim milk (nonfat milk) will yield a thinner sauce.
  4. Mayonnaise: A lot of ranch dressings call for quite a bit of mayo, but this one only needs a little bit to give it that classic creamy ranch flavor.
  5. Buffalo sauce: Of course, we need buffalo sauce. Personally my favorites are Frank’s RedHot Buffalo and Primal Kitchen Buffalo.
  6. Ranch seasoning blend: For the ranch seasoning blend you’ll need salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, dried dill, and dried chives.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a small bowl, make your ranch seasoning blend by mixing salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, dried dill and dried chives.
A mixture of spices in a small white bowl with a gold spoon.
  1. In a medium sized bowl (or directly in a mason jar), mix buttermilk, milk, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning blend.
Ranch seasoning powder, Greek yogurt, buttermilk, buffalo sauce and mayonnaise in a bowl, unmixed.
Mixed buffalo ranch sauce with a swirl of buffalo sauce on top.
  1. Mix until thoroughly combined. Note: If you’d like a thinner sauce, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
Buffalo ranch sauce in a white bowl with a whisk.

Serving suggestions

There are so many great ways to use this versatile dipping sauce! Here are some of my favorite ways.

Use as a delicious dipping sauce for:

  • Sliced veggies or veggie sticks like celery sticks, carrots, cucumber, or bell peppers.
  • Crackers
  • Pita chips or pita bread
  • Tortilla chips
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Chicken tenders
  • Grilled chicken nuggets
  • Chicken wings
  • French fries
  • Onion rings

Use as a sauce for:

  • Burgers or veggie burgers
  • Chicken sandwiches
  • Buffalo chicken wraps
  • Veggie burger wraps
  • Cheese or chicken quesadillas

Use as a buffalo ranch dressing for:

Bowl of buffalo ranch sauce with a whisk.

Recipe FAQ

How to store

Store this buffalo ranch sauce in an airtight container for up to 5 days. To make things super simple, make your sauce directly in a mason jar with a lid for easy storage!

I don’t have buffalo sauce! Can I still make this?

You can also use regular hot sauce instead of buffalo sauce and it will still be delicious! It will just be more of a traditional spicy sauce versus buffalo ranch. As long as you like spicy flavors it’s still a great option!

Can I use fresh herbs instead of dried herbs?

Absolutely! In general 1 teaspoon of dried herbs is equal to 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs, and you can always adjust to your preference. As soon as my garden is open for business I’ll definitely be making mine with fresh chives, dill and parsley!

Can I use this recipe for regular ranch dressing?

Yes! If you leave out the buffalo sauce you’ll still be left with a delicious tangy buttermilk ranch dressing. Without the hot sauce I do like to add a bit more salt and pepper, but you can add to taste.

A clear mason jar of buffalo ranch sauce with a spoon.

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A spoonful of buffalo ranch sauce being held above a bowl full of sauce.

Buffalo Ranch Sauce

Creamy buffalo ranch sauce made by combining an easy homemade ranch with tangy buffalo sauce.
5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 57kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tbsp dried dill
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp dried chives
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp buffalo sauce

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, make your ranch seasoning blend by mixing salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, dried dill and dried chives.
  • In a medium sized bowl (or directly in a mason jar), mix buttermilk, milk, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning blend.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined. Note: If you'd like a thinner sauce, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup (about) | Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 624IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1mg

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