I don’t know about you but I love eating at Outback. I’m a huge fan of almost everything there including the bread (I have a copycat recipe for their honey molasses bread as well), their steaks, their blooming onions, and of course their steakhouse style ranch dressing. It took some work but I finally got the recipe down for this copycat Outback ranch dressing. I think sometimes copycat recipes can be a little challenging because sometimes restaurants use ingredients that only commercial kitchens have access to or they make recipes in such large quantities.
I love how Outback mixes their dressing into the salad. It is so good! Like I mentioned before, I really love their food but we’re not always able to visit restaurants with two toddlers. My husband works odd hours and did I mention the two toddlers? I love a good steakhouse style ranch dressing but the bottles of ranch dressing from the grocery store never seem to measure up. Once you get the hang of making your own ranch dressing, you’ll never reach for a bottle of ranch again.
What ingredients do I need for this recipe?
Surprisingly, there is no ranch packet in this mix which I think makes this recipe more authentic. So skip the packets and make this from scratch restaurant style ranch. To make this copycat Outback ranch dressing, you’ll need:
- Mayonnaise: You’ll want to use full fat mayo, if you use light it just doesn’t have the same taste. I also recommend the brand Dukes, it seems to really get the taste as close as possible to Outback’s.
- Buttermilk: Again, use the full fat version. If you can use regular buttermilk instead of making your own.
- Dried parsley
- Dried dill weed
- Freeze dried chives
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Cayenne pepper: Watch out with this ingredient because you’ll need just a pinch (about ¼ tsp) or it’ll be too much!
- Freshly ground black pepper
How long is this dressing good for?
You can keep this copycat Outback ranch dressing in your refrigerator for about one week in an airtight container. I love using a mason jar to store mine.
How do I make the salad dressing?
To make this ranch dressing, first gather and measure out your ingredients. You will need:
- 1 cup full fat mayonnaise (I recommend Duke’s)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp dried dill weed
- ½ tsp freeze dried chives
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
Begin by adding the mayo and the buttermilk into a large mixing bowl and mix together well with a whisk until well blended. Next add the dry ingredients and mix very well with a whisk or large spoon. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
Copycat Outback Ranch Dressing
- 1 cup full fat mayonnaise (I recommend Duke's)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- ½ teaspoon freeze dried chives
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (or to taste)
- Begin by adding the mayo and the buttermilk into a large mixing bowl and mix together well with a whisk until well blended.
- Next, add the dry ingredients and mix very well with a whisk or large spoon.
- Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
If you liked this copycat Outback ranch dressing recipe, you might also like:
- Copycat Outback Macaroni and Cheese
- Honey Molasses Steakhouse Bread
- Copycat McAlister’s Sweet Tea
- Copycat Cracker Barrel Carrots
- Copycat Outback Honey Mustard Dressing