Pizza, Wings, Salad: Oh My! These Are the Best Ranch Dressings to Buy

“What is a ranch anyway?” asked my fellow Sporked staff writer, Danny Palumbo, 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. 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.

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Best of the Best

Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing

Classics are classics for a reason and Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing is no exception to that rule. It is, I believe, the best ranch 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 an elegantly crafted, visibly store-bought ranch and 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:

10/10

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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:

10/10

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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:

9/10

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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:

7.5/10

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Best Budget

Market Pantry Ranch Dressing

Target’s Market Pantry Ranch Dressing is clearly a Hidden Valley Ranch knock-off, but I don’t mind and neither should you! Hidden Valley makes perfect ranch dressing and this is pretty much just a cheaper version. It’s a little tangier and not quite as good, but if you’re eating it with something else flavorful like wings or pizza, it definitely does the job. If you need to buy a ton of ranch because you’re trying to get all seven of your kids to eat more vegetables, this is a great budget-friendly option.

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Rating:

7/10

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Best for Wings

Ken’s Steak House Gluten-Free Ranch Salad Dressing

This dressing does not belong in a fancy steakhouse, it belongs in a Buffalo Wild Wings because Ken’s Steak House Ranch Dressing and Buffalo wings are a match made in heaven. Ken’s has a thickness that keeps it from falling off of your wing. It has hold. It’s creamy enough to cut through the spice. And while it’s too mild for a salad, Ken’s has a subtle flavor that won’t distract from the taste of the Buffalo sauce. Wings! Wings! Wings!

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Rating:

6.5/10

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Best Wildcard

Good & Gather Everything Seasoned Ranch Dressing

Good & Gather Everything Seasoned Ranch Dressing was the least ranchy ranch of the bunch. In reality, it tastes exclusively like everything bagel seasoning salad dressing. It has the essence of an untoasted, un-cream-cheesed bagel. I know that doesn’t sound good, but it was weirdly satisfying! Justine Sterling, Sporked editor-in-chief, insisted this would be a “cool” salad dressing to “bring to a fun party.” So, if you’re like Justine and go to a lot of fun BYO Dressing salad parties, grab a bottle of this!

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Rating:

6/10

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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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  • 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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  • #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.

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

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

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

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

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

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