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Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe
Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Salad Dressing
Calories: 145
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.9 (43 reviews)

This always-popular growing restaurant chain makes a tasty version of creamy ranch dressing for its house and Queensland salads. To get the same unique flavor and creaminess of the original at home, mates, you'll need one teaspoon of Hidden Valley Ranch instant salad dressing mix swimming in there with the mayo and buttermilk and other spices. Since there's three teaspoons of dressing mix per packet, you'll now be able to make three batches of dressing with one envelope of dressing mix.

1 teaspoon Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix (buttermilk recipe)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon coarse grind black pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well.

2. Cover bowl and chill dressing for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Tidbits: Make sure you are using the Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix that says "Buttermilk Recipe." It's the one that comes in 0.4 ounce packets. Any other mix won't work as well for this clone.

Spot on!
Submitted on: 02/02/14
I have never cared for the bottled ranch dressings in the grocery stores, but always liked what they served in restaurants. I worked at an Outback in college, and this recipe is amazingly close, if not it. I followed someone else's suggestion and substituted the paprika for cayenne, as Outback's really does have more of a peppery kick to it. Really easy to make, and delicious!
Mayo brand info
Submitted on: 12/08/13
Almost every brand of mayo has been adding sugar to their mixes which makes them taste more like Miracle Whip. For a less sweet flavor, I use either Duke's (no sugar added) or Hellman's (less sugar).
I love it!
Submitted on: 10/30/13
I love the recipe. Finally, I can have a salad at home that taste like I'm at a restaurant. Thanks!
Thank You!
Jennifer Franks  
Submitted on: 10/20/13
I love this recipe!!!
Submitted on: 09/09/13
This recipe is great, I tried it last weekend with cayenne pepper. It tastes just like Outback's ranch! I'm in love!
Submitted on: 08/31/13
Absolutely perfect! No more bottled ranch for me :) Super easy to make.
Pretty darn close!
Submitted on: 07/20/13
After reading some of the reviews, I thought I would put a little twist of my own into it...had my hubby try it and he said it was spot on. I mixed the package up according to the directions, but used 2% milk instead of buttermilk. After letting it set for 30 minutes, I added the following spices to half of the dressing: 1/8 tsp of Lawry's Black Pepper Seasoned Salt; 1/4 tsp black pepper; 1/4 tsp onion powder; 1/4 tsp garlic powder; 1/4 tsp paprika; 1/4 tsp ancho chile pepper. OMG.
Impressed Former Outback Steakhouse Employee
Submitted on: 07/13/13
I'm impressed with the recipe after substituting paprika with cayenne. As a former employee of the restaurant (and hopefully will be with the company again one day) I know this really just about hits the nail on the head. Great job.
Pretty good
Submitted on: 06/23/13
Tried it out since i get TUBS of Outback's ranch. It's almost there but. Not quite. Peprika didn't cut it. So i tried Chili Powder. Needed a LOT more than the recipe called for. But the end result is fantastic
Submitted on: 04/07/13
5 stars dead on with a substitution of cayenne instead of paprika for me. triple the recipe for a whole packet of HV Ranch mix.
Exact duplicate
Harold Morris  
Submitted on: 03/21/12
This recipe is "right-on". I always double the recipe to always have some on hand... great for veggie dipping too... we don't buy Ranch dressing from stores anymore.
Submitted on: 04/13/09
I am in love with salads again. This recipe is dead on to the Outback dressing. I love it with a salad or just veggie snacks. Thanks!
Submitted on: 12/27/08
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I love this recipe. Every single time my beau and I go to Outback we always get the cheese fries for our appetizer, and OMG I LOVE this dressing! Thank you so much for this clone..LOVE IT!
Submitted on: 12/15/08
SO much better than Outbacks!! I substitute the red pepper for for the paprika and it makes all the difference.. Unfortunately our days of store bought and low fat salad dressings are WAY behind us!
Submitted on: 09/03/08
Oh My God! This is the best ranch dressing ever, more more more !!!
Submitted on: 08/15/08
Hands down the best Ranch, EVER! I will NEVER buy Ranch dressing in the store again. This tastes EXACTLY like Outback's Ranch!!
Submitted on: 07/17/08
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This dressing at the Outback absolutely ruined our taste for any other ranch dressing. Finally, we can make it (and have done) and have it whenever we want....which is LOTS!
Diane Adams  
Submitted on: 03/08/08
This recipe is so wonderful I could put it on just about everything...dip for veggies, is amazingly delicious...what a salad dressing!!!
Submitted on: 11/26/07
I have used this recipe several times when I have guests for dinner and I have never had a problem with it as long as I use the right dressing mix and don't taste it until it sits in the fridge for the full 30 minutes. If you taste it as you're making it, it won't taste right. But I have to be honest, I use this recipe, like I use any other, as a jumping off point. I can customize it until it tastes the way I want it to. I've used thyme and even rosemary in this to make a "secret" recipe that people beg me for.
Submitted on: 11/17/07
I LOVE this recipe but when I first made it, it was to "blah" I also added a pinch of red pepper (to taste) thena little extra garlic powder. I also used the entire thing of butter milk dressing mix as well as Dukes brand mayo. This makes more at one time, and it GREAT!!
Submitted on: 01/07/07
When I first tried this recipe, I wasn't completely in love with it. It was better than any other out there but was a little bit sweeter than the restaurant. I read the comment from the former employee and started substituting the red pepper for paprika and now it is a staple in my exact replica.
Submitted on: 10/16/06
My family and I just love the ranch dressing from the outback steakhouse and now we can make it whenever we want. We eat it with everything, we never runout because I keep it on hand always...
Brian Richardson  
Submitted on: 08/18/06
Incredible! Like others here, I've been searching for this ranch for years! Hidden Halley Ranch "Spicy Ranch" doesn't even compare. This is my favorite recipe on the site! Follow the directions step by step and you won't be disapointed.
Submitted on: 05/30/06
Wow! Have you made my son happy - he is addicted to Outback's Ranch Dressing and we have tried to buy something that would come close. Do I need to say how much we've spent trying to find it? This dressing is outstanding . . . my son is happy and we will never buy store bought dressing again. Deserves to be 20 stars if possible.
Submitted on: 03/14/06
I have so many jars of ranch dip in my pantry and could never match the ranch for Outback's cheese fries. I tried this, we LOVED it. I now have space in my pantry again.
Johanna G  
Submitted on: 03/13/06
This is an awesome recipe!! Tastes just like the restaurant. It has become a favorite of my friends and family.
Sam Sen  
Submitted on: 03/11/06
Thank you. I will never buy Ranch dressing again.
Submitted on: 02/05/06
I have looked everywhere for a ranch dressing that taste like the restaurant's. This one is fabulous. Thanks.....
Submitted on: 01/26/06
Wow! This is truly awesome! Tastes JUST like Outback's...adding the red pepper per other reviews made it authentic! Thanks!
Submitted on: 01/20/06
The best! Outback has the ultimate ranch dressing. I crave it all the time. This recipe is perfect!
Submitted on: 01/04/06
Easy and delicious....taste exactly like Outback's.....YUMMY!!!
Submitted on: 12/06/05
Taste just like at Outback!! Very easy to make and Absolutely wonderful !!!
Submitted on: 11/16/05
This truly is the best. I judge a restaurant by it's ranch dressing. Thanks for this one recipe it is the bomb! My kids love it because if we are out, which is not to often, they can make it themselves!
Submitted on: 11/06/05
This is perfect! I blind taste tested my husband and he couldn't tell the difference from the real deal and this recipe!! FINALLY I CAN MAKE IT AT HOME!
Angeka Howell  
Submitted on: 11/06/05
This is a simple yet delicious recipe. It is much better than the bottled ranch and it is actually less expensive!
Submitted on: 09/20/05
This dressing is wonderful. So many people wanted to know where I bought it and I just have to laugh.
Submitted on: 09/12/05
This is good, but as a former employee, I can tell you that substituting a pinch of ground red pepper for the paprika makes it taste 100% authentic.
Submitted on: 08/30/05
This is a perfect and easy recipe. The kids love it as a dip for veggies.
Submitted on: 08/30/05
This is the best Ranch Dressing ever. I can't believe you don't charge for this one. Every time I make it everyone wants to know where I got it. Eleven Stars!!!!!
Submitted on: 08/21/05
Very good, I finally am able to make good ranch dressing. Thanks for the recipe!
Submitted on: 08/04/05
This is a fabulous ranch much better than ANYTHING from the grocery store.
Submitted on: 07/29/05
absolutely the best ranch dressing ever
Cristi R  
Submitted on: 07/14/05
It's absolutely amazing - thanks for helping me with my addiction to ths dressing!