The Best Wingstop Ranch salad dressing is super flavorful and tastes better than anything store-bought! It’s our go-to dip for buffalo chicken wings, veggies, chips and pizza alike. This easy copycat ranch recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make at home and is just like the one you would get at a Wingstop restaurant.
This Wingstop Ranch’s smooth, creamy texture and tangy freshness make it an easy condiment and addictive dip. Whether you’re having an at-home game night with pizza and wings, or looking for a way to get the kids excited about eating vegetables, this Copycat Wingstop Ranch is going to be a hit.
There are two main components in a Wingstop ranch, both made from simple ingredients. The first is the creamy but slightly tart base, which is a mixture of mayonnaise, sour cream and buttermilk. The second is the triple threat combination of dill, parsley and garlic powder. Mix in some lemon juice and salt and pepper, and you have the perfect fresh ranch to keep in your fridge for up to a week.
Ingredients & Substitutes
- Mayonnaise: It’s a key ingredient in keeping your ranch both thick and creamy. We recommend using the classic kind, or vegan mayonnaise for a dairy-free recipe.
- Sour Cream: You can use regular sour cream, or substitute in a low calorie or vegan option.
- Buttermilk: Buttermilk is simply fermented milk, and while that itself doesn’t sound too appealing, it’s an important element in both ranch’s creaminess and tanginess. You can buy it at the store or make it yourself by adding acid to regular milk and giving it time to curdle. Add a ½ tablespoon of either lemon juice or white vinegar to a ½ cup of milk, then stir and let it sit for about 5 minutes. For a dairy-free option, it’s best to use soy milk as not all nut milk will thicken with the addition of acid.
- Dried Dill: Dill is the star herb in this recipe. Its freshness is one of the main elements you taste in ranch dressing.
- Dried Parsley: This recipe doesn’t require much parsley, but it’s still an important herb to complement the dill.
- Garlic Powder: It’s best to use garlic powder in this recipe instead of minced garlic. The ranch doesn’t have a strong garlic taste, but rather uses it to complement the other flavors. Plus, with powder, your ranch will stay nice and smooth without any chunks.
- Salt & Pepper: Mayonnaise already has pretty high salt content, but you may want to add a pinch of salt and/or pepper to your taste.
- Lemon Juice: While the bottled kind will work in a pinch, this recipe is best with fresh lemon juice.
How to Make Wingstop Ranch from Scratch?
1. Whisk together mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk until smooth.
2. In a small bowl, add dill, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.
3. Combine the mayo mixture with the seasoning.
4. Add in the lemon juice. Mix well. Serve and enjoy!
Tips: How to Thicken Wingstop Ranch?
If you notice that your ranch is too thin, simply add more mayonnaise or sour cream until it reaches your desired consistency.
How Many Calories Does Wingstop Ranch Have?
For this homemade Wingstop Ranch recipe, there are about 24 calories per tablespoon. This amount is based on the recipe as is, and will fluctuate if you use dairy alternatives or any low-fat substitutes.
How to Store Homemade Wingstop Ranch?
Your homemade ranch will need to be kept in the fridge because of all the dairy elements. Store it in an airtight container and it will keep for about a week.
How Long Does this Copycat Wingstop Ranch Dressing Last?
Unlike store-bought ranch, which can stay in the fridge for months, this homemade Wingstop Ranch will only last for a week. Luckily, it will probably be eaten up long before then.
Is Mayonnaise Necessary for this Ranch Dressing?
Any classic ranch dressing contains mayonnaise, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make it without. To cut out the mayo in this recipe, swap it out with more sour cream for a ratio of 2 parts sour cream to 1 part buttermilk.
About the Herbs
The herbs used in this recipe are really what sets it apart from most ranch dressings and dips. Dill is what gives the ranch its signature tanginess, but garlic and parsley help balance it out with their more subtle flavors.
Still, if you’re trying to conserve space in your spice cupboard, or are looking for an even quicker recipe, you can always save a few steps by using Ranch Seasoning instead of individual herbs.
Ways to Use Wingstop Ranch
Use it as a dip with your wings, veggies, pizza or anything else you can think of. It also makes an easy salad dressing that will have the kids actually wanting to eat their leafy greens. You can even sub it anywhere you might use sour cream, like with quesadillas or on chili.
What is the Best Store-bought Ranch?
Nearly every dip or salad dressing brand has its take on the ranch, but few will ever come close to the original. Hidden Valley was founded on a dude ranch in the 1950s, when cowboy Steven Hudson perfected his salad dressing and found his friends couldn’t get enough of it. To this day, the creators of the popular dressing still do it best, which is why it’s easy to find at most grocery stores.
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I hope you like this recipe. If you try it, please comment below and let me know how your Wingstop Ranch turns out!
Wingstop Ranch Recipe
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together mayo, sour cream, and buttermilk until smooth. I recommend starting with 1/4 cup buttermilk and gradually adding more to reach your desired consistency.
- Add dill, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a separate small bowl. Whisk until combined.
- Combine the mayo mixture with the seasoning.
- Add in the lemon juice. Mix well. (Taste and add more salt if needed)
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- This homemade ranch dressing will last for up to a week in the refrigerator.
- You can use white vinegar instead of lemon juice in this recipe.