Best Ranch Dressings to Buy for Pizza, Wings, Salad—Oh My!

The best ranch dressing is creamy, herby, and versatile. It should compliment a killer salad and perfectly contrast a spicy wing. It should be a welcome addition to pizza and a sensational dip for veggies. To put it plainly, the best ranch should be able to do anything and everything.

“What is a ranch anyway?” Sporked contributor Danny Palumbo asked halfway through our ranch dressing taste test. It’s a legitimate question. To me, ranch has always been creamy, herby, and thick (but not too thick). A good ranch should strike the perfect balance of sweetness, tartness, and saltiness. What we found, however, is that there are many different interpretations of ranch dressing that range from incredibly delicious to truly heinous. We weren’t wasting time with baby carrots, either. For this taste test—we’ve done two, in fact—we just ate big spoonfuls of salad dressing to find out which ranch is the ranchiest ranch on the market. Here are the best ranch dressings you can buy right now:


Best Dairy-Free

Follow Your Heart High Omega Vegan Ranch Dressing

If you don’t eat dairy, grab a bottle of this Follow Your Heart High Omega Vegan Ranch Dressing. It’s creamy, rich, and garlicky. It doesn’t have any weird twang of artificial flavor like some of the other vegan (or even regular) ranch dressings we tried. I don’t necessarily think this ranch dressing will turn you into a vegan, but I think it’s a great option if you stick to a plant-based diet or are looking to cut down on animal products in general. That’s why it’s one of the best ranch dressing brands (definitely the best vegan ranch dressing) we tried in our taste test.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Fan Favorite

Marzetti Simply Dressed Ranch Dressing

Everyone screamed at us when we first published our best ranch dressing ranking. You all insisted that Marzetti was the only option for store bought ranch dressing. We grabbed a bottle to check it out and, while we don’t think it’s the best ranch dressing, we do really like it! It has a cult following and we support it. This is one of the best ranch dressings on the market, but y’all already knew that.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Cheesy

Olive Garden Parmesan Ranch Salad Dressing

I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by solid chunks of parmesan cheese when I tasted the Olive Garden Parmesan Ranch Salad Dressing. For some reason, I assumed there would just be an essence of parm, as if it had been finely grated and then disintegrated into the dressing as it sat on the shelf. I was thrilled to be wrong! Another exciting feature of this dressing is that it tastes like ranch mixed with the beloved Olive Garden Italian dressing. If you’ve ever thought, “Hmm, I wish Olive Garden Italian dressing was way creamier,” your prayers have been answered!

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Almost Homemade

Tessemae’s Gluten Free Classic Ranch Salad Dressings and Dip

I’m glad I tried this ranch during our taste test because I would normally never buy a product boasting the fact that it’s “Whole30 Approved” and “Keto Friendly.” It loses sporks for its fitness-forward advertising but wins sporks in every other category. My favorite aspect of Tessemae’s Classic Ranch is its sensational herbiness. There are so many herbs packed into the bottle that the dressing is not a white color like most other ranches on the market. Please ignore the packaging and give this ranch a try.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Flavored

Market Pantry Spicy Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Market Pantry Spicy Chipotle Ranch from Target doesn’t really taste like the ranch we know and love. Instead, it’s a new flavor you’ll absolutely fall in love with. It has a great spice and kick, so I would only recommend it for flavor freaks like myself. This would be sensational on a taco salad (or even poured on top of tacos, to be honest). If you like ranch but want even more zest, this is an excellent option. Who knew one of the best ranch dressings wouldn’t even taste like ranch?

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Restaurant-Style

Ken’s Steak House Peppercorn Ranch Dressing

Ken’s Peppercorn Ranch is my kind of ranch. It’s thick, creamy, and peppery. The flavor is simultaneously bold and subtle. I would pour this all over a salad or spread it onto bread for a sandwich. If you gave this to me in a ramekin at a restaurant, I’d think it was made in-house. It tastes so good I’d probably just drink it from the bottle if I didn’t think all that dairy would make me violently ill. That’s why it’s one of the best store bought ranch salad dressings (and my personal favorite on this list).

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best for Salads

Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing & Dip

Texture is king when it comes to Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing & Dip. It is lusciously thick and creamy. There are pieces of herbs and small bits of dried onion that give the jar a lovely speckled look. The flavor is lightly zippy and delicately herby. It would pair with vegetables like a dream, making it perfect for a crudite platter or salad. Don’t let me oversell it as a health food, though. I took it home and dipped kettle-cooked BBQ potato chips into it and it was wonderful, too.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Classic

Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing

Classics are classics for a reason and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing is no exception to that rule. It is one of the best ranch dressing brands on the market. Yes, of course, there are brands that make fancier or more homemade-style ranch dressings, but Hidden Valley isn’t trying to be fancy or homemade. They are trying to make the best store-bought ranch and have it be affordable. They are succeeding. What makes this ranch stand out is that it’s perfectly balanced: It’s a little herby, a little sweet, and a little tangy. You can’t pick out any one ingredient because everything is so beautifully homogeneous. This ranch would be good on anything, but I think the viscous texture and squeezable bottle make it ideal for squirting onto pizza (the most important use for ranch). This is unrelated, but did you know that there is an actual Hidden Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara? Did you also know that I am desperate to go there?

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best of the Best

Marie’s Creamy Ranch Dressing + Dip

We’d like to thank Daniel, Sporked reader, for opening our eyes to the wonders of Marie’s Creamy Ranch. His persistence in the comment section after we initially published our ranking of the best ranch dressing made us buy a bottle of this stuff, and it is now our favorite store bought ranch dressing. It is thick, creamy, and herby. There’s absolutely zero weird chemical-y aftertaste or strange, unnecessary twang. It’s thick enough for wings but thin enough to dress a salad. Marie’s Creamy Ranch is totally perfect. Thanks, Daniel!

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Rating:

10/10

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Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • My favorite ranch is Ken’s, but not the peppercorn one.

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    • It’s my favorite too. Sad it didn’t make the list 🙁

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  • I am so glad to see Litehouse on this list! It is an extremely under rated dressing that tastes like the perfect bite of ranch.

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  • This is a good list to find, as I am very picky about ranch. One thing I’m worried about iss that I like the thin ranch dressings you get in restaurants, and these are all described as quite thick. That thin, light, restaurant ranch is something I’ve been looking for for a while. I will continue the search.

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  • Jordan! Awesome stuff, loving the content.

    I’m a big T Marzetti guy, they’re based where I grew up.

    BAFFLINGLY, they only sell this green bottle of ranch in groceries, labeled “classic ranch.”

    HOWEVER, every local restaurant in my area carries T Marzetti “buttermilk ranch” in an orange/brown label.

    The buttermilk is so so so much better, and it’s not even close. I don’t know why they don’t bottle it! They only sell it in little packets or in bulk!

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  • Jordan you must try Marie’s Ranch it’s in the isle with the veggies in supermarkets. Holy cow with Buffalo wings it’s the best. I live in Connecticut and we have one of the best Buffalo wing spots in the country Called J’Timothy’s and they have these wings called dirty wings which is a mix of wet and dry rub. They also have the best chicken tenders I’ve ever had. The restaurant is in an old carriage house from the 1700’s. They have a Gargonzla cheese dip out of this world served with the best garlic bread. It’s not a five star restaurant either.

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  • I’m glad I checked the comments!
    I’ve been looking for best buttermilk ranch. I get a pre packaged salad that has a mystery package of buttermilk ranch and it’s the best. Just for kicks I tried Newman’s own ranch…has buttermilk in it 🤷🏻‍♀️ it’s a big oh no from me, I like a creamy, cheesy, tangy ranch…does all ranch have buttermilk?

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  • Wingstop needs to bottle there ranch I stg but I settle for kens buttermilk ranch, and hidden valley is overated

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  • Which others did you taste? There is no list and it looks like there are quite a few you missed altogether. Please redo this one if you can.

    Hidden Valley Buttermilk is way better than the original but still not the best of the best. Cindy’s Kitchen Fresh Buttermilk Ranch is super good, and her Chipotle Ranch is really good too. Toby’s is also outstanding. Marzetti is also better.

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    • I am so glad that you mentioned Cindy’s Kitchen Buttermilk Ranch. Personally, I think it’s the closest to homemade Ranch that I’ve tasted. Nothing compares. I have been able to find it at only Fresh Market and Whole Foods. I have to drive a few miles out of the way to get it, but it is definitely worth the drive. Cindy’s Kitchen Raspberry Vinaigrette is also great, especially on a spinach, strawberry feta salad. I highly suggest you try it. You won’t be sorry.

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  • What’s the best store bought ranch that tastes closest to restaurant ranch?!! You know?

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    • Marie’s in the veggie isle you must try. Boalthouse not as good. That little jar is slightly more but worth it. Try!!!

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  • I’ve always said I wish I could buy a sample size of things like salad dressing first but this is definitely the best best thing

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  • Totally agree. I do love the olive garden one. I prefer to make my own I just rarely do that.

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  • Have you ever had Marie’s Ranch? This one is too good to be denied

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    • You can buy Marie’s at Kroger or Stop and Shop (east coast)

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    • You ARE right, Daniel!

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  • Have you guys tried Gregg’s Ranch? By savory farms I find it at Costco. It’s all little dill forward but it is the best store bought, restaurant tasting, school cafetería ranch there is.

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  • Why? How? Hidden Valley is like the last ditch effort ranch. It’s the “I have to use AT&T internet because they’re the only provider in my area” ranch. They’re the asking your cousin to prom of ranches.

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  • Marzetti is the closest to wingstop ranch which is the best ranch in all the land.

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  • Hidden Valley is the worst ranch. Being from the Midwest, I take my ranch very seriously and hidden valley is the worst 🥴

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    • I 100% agree, Hidden Valley is too sweet!

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  • It is a sin Marzetti Ranch was not included in this list. Puts all of these to shame!

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  • Me again! Check out Marzetti! It’s at Albertsons in socal!

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    • Ooh yeah! Also delish!

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    • Marzetti is a fave of mine I can’t stand most store ranch.

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  • #6 — The picture has Buttermilk Ranch, but the notes do not mention that. There is a regular Ranch dressing from Ken’s.

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    • Fixed. Thank you!

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    • In my opinion, Ken’s Buttermilk Ranch is the best ranch of all time!

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      • I came here to say exactly this.

      • Agreed! And Litehouse! And Hidden Valley is the absolute worst.

  • The Aldi’s brand Buttermilk Ranch is hands down the most homemade tasting ranch dressing I’ve had.

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    • YES, it is actually my favorite ranch .

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