Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing

Adam & I love to eat at Outback.  Well, most of the time we get it to go and bring it home to eat, but still we love it.  My favorite is their Filet Foccacia sandwich with sweet potato fries, which I dip in Honey Mustard.  So delicious! We also especially love their salad and are completely head over heels for their ranch dressing.  The other day when I was brainstorming what to make for dinner, I decided we’d have our favorite homemade french dip sandwiches AND try to replicate Outback’s ranch dressing for our salads!! Fakeout takeout at home!

So I went in search of a recipe and found tons of resources. Most all the recipes were similar, but I settled on this one because it had tons of reviews and comments. I followed some of their suggestions and did half mayo & half sour cream and upped the amount of cayenne for an extra kick.  I am in love with this ranch dressing!! At first I thought it was too spicy, but once I put it on the salad it was perfect.  It’s very similar tasting to Outback’s dressing, though I have no idea if this is how they really make it.  But this is a great at home version and I love the consistency too, not to thin and not to thick…but just right.  I highly recommend letting this sit overnight so the flavors marry.  Also, I made this with light mayo & sour cream but feel free to use full fat ingredients.

*Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Outback Steakhouse or being reimbursed in any way by them, all opinions are my own.  We just love it!:)

Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing
Source: Food.com

1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix, Buttermilk Recipe (0.4 oz package or approx. 1 heaping tablespoon)
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk*
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. ground cayenne pepper (or 1/8  tsp. for less heat, or use  1/4 tsp. paprika)
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. onion powder

Whisk together all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.  Cover and chill for at least 1 to 2 hours, preferably overnight.  Use as dressing for salads or a dip for veggies, fries or chips.

*If you are out of buttermilk like I was, add 1/2 tbsp. vinegar into a 1/2 cup measuring cup.  Fill the measuring cup the rest of the way full with skim milk and allow to sit for 10 minutes before adding to mixture.

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    1. Bookmarked! Will try this soon and let ya know!

    2. Caitlyn Carpenter says:

      I love love love homemade salad dressings, and this recipe sounds divine. How long will it keep in the fridge?

    3. This sounds delicious. I am new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier posts. I’m so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    4. Oh my, oh my. I saw that jar in my reader and that’s all it took – how’d I immediately guess what it was? Bravo! Soooo good. I’m doing it.

    5. Awesome! I have never made ranch, but this seems so simple!

    6. I actually think Outback’s Ranch Dressing has some blue cheese in it. Next time you get it see if you can taste the blue cheese. I bet the addition of a bit of it would make your dressing even better.

    7. Shouldn’t that 16 ounces of of dressing mix be more like 1 tbsp?

    8. how much does this recipe make???

    9. I just made this recipe and it taste nothing like Outbacks ranch. Isn’t very good =(

    10. Haha I love how that girl Liz felt it necessary to get back on and say that your dressing sucked. Haters man! I’m sure that made her feel really good about herself. :)

      Anyways… For whatever reason its so hard for me to find buttermilk at my store! I know you said mix skim milk with vinegar, but I wonder if I could use half and half? Is it similar? Idk. I usually make ranch w just the packet, milk, sour cream, and mayo and it is SO good. Never thought to add garlic powder or cayenne pepper. Good call! I can already tell its gonna be sooo good!

    11. What brand mayo do you use? I have found that this makes a difference in the taste. Thanks!

      • I always use Kraft Light Mayo, hope that helps!

        • Light mayo is a poor choice. While it has less fat, they put other things in it that are worse for you than the fat is. It is better to use the real thing, but just use less of it if you are trying to lose weight.

          I much prefer the taste of Hellman’s Mayo ( Its called Best Foods in some parts of the country), to any other brand.

    12. My fiancé works salads at outback and although I wouldn’t doubt that this TASTES like outback ranch, it is not the actual recipe.

    13. Do you know the nutrition facts by any chance?

    14. I put all of the ingredients into MyFitnessPal Nutrition Calculator and this is what I came up with:

      Calories: 575
      Carbs: 33
      Fat: 35
      Protein: 12

      These numbers are for the whole jar (using light mayo and light sour cream)!

    15. I made it and my husband and I LOVE it!! It’s not exactly like Outback but it sure tastes better than store bought dressing any day!! Will be making again!

    16. Araceli says:

      I believe it even tastes better than outback! Delicious and yes it is even better the next day!

    17. Marilyn says:

      Could you use Miracle Whip Salad Dressing instead of Mayo?

    18. Made it for first time today, seems a bit thick. Is there a trick to thin it down some more (like in the restaurant)? Already love it over any store bought dressing!

    19. This is how I make my ranch except I never thought to add a little heat to it. I will be trying this out tomorrow. Thanks :)

    20. I made this over the weekend and it is really good. Thanks for sharing!

    21. Oh My!! I am sooo excited to try this! We love outback as well. It’s the only place that I get prime rib. They make it the best. I would love to replicate their bread too. It’s dreamy. Thank you for the recipe!! Loving your blog!!! :)
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    22. Ashwow2000 says:

      Here it is almost 3 am and i just made our second batch of this dressing. It is so good i can hardly contain myself. I have always Been on the search for a good ranch dressing and with this RECIPE my husband saId we are never buying store baught dressing again. Thank you!!!!!

    23. I cant wait to try this recipe! My boyfriend and i absolutely love the Ranch at outback so it Should be interesting to see how it turns out! Thank you so much for sharing! :D

    24. Christopher says:

      I love it

    25. Just made this today. I have to say it is definitely close! I love Outbacks ranch, and it’s nice I CAN get my “fix” without spending money at the restaurant all the time!

    26. Seth fitzgerald says:

      I love this recipe. I think it tastes a lot more like outbacks ranch if you up the dose of seasonings an EXTRA half measurement of the original. Example:instead of using 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper or ground pepper, use 1/4 tsp plus 1/8 tsp. I would do this for each of the seasonings. And im not sure why I can only use caps on this website? Sorry.

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