Easy Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing {Delicious Copycat Recipe} | Kid Friendly Things To Do

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This Copycat Outback Ranch Dressing Recipe is very close to the real deal. Use this delicious ranch dressing on the Easy to Make Outback house salad recipe or as a delicious dip. Come on in and I’ll share the recipe with you…

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Copycat Outback Ranch Dressing Recipe

Back when my hubby, and I had lots of time to eat out, Outback Steakhouse was high on our list of places to go. My favorite food at Outback was the house salad with ranch dressing. So, last week, when I decided to make “fried pickles” (yep, fried pickles) and needed some ranch dip.

Easy outback ranch dressing copycat

I decided to experiment with ranch dressing to come up with a good Copycat for my favorite Outback Ranch Dressing. 


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I love how the dressing turned out. It’s really easy to make, which is my favorite part. You can adjust how spicy you make the dressing. I know some people prefer a bigger kick in their dressing. 

Outback copycat recipe for ranch dressing

Outback’s House salad is pretty easy to put together. Just mix Iceberg lettuce, Romain lettuce, red onion, cherry tomatoes, croutons, shredded cheese, and cucumber. It’s such a delicious combination.

How Long will homemade ranch dressing last?

The dressing should be stored in an airtight container and in the refrigerator. Under those circumstances, the dressing should last up to 3 weeks. 

How do I know if my Ranch Dressing has gone bad?

Your best bet is to smell the dressing. If it has a foul smell it may be bad. Looking is also a good idea. Check for mold or clumpiness. Throw it out if in doubt. 

How many grams of carbs are in Ranch Dressing?

About 1 gram

Here’s a quick video to show you how I made this easy Copy Cat Outback Ranch Dressing…


Copycat Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing {and their house salad} – Kid Friendly Things To Do

Copycat Outback Ranch Dressing

A delicious version of Outback Ranch Dressing Recipe. Perfect for dipping, and salads. 

  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 5 min.
  • Cook Time: 5 min.
  • Total Time: 10 min.
  • Yield: About 1&1/2 cups 1x


  • 1&1/2 t of Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 c of mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c of buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp. of course ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 tsp. of garlic powder


  • Just combine all of the above ingredients
  • Mix well, cover, and place into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes
  • After mixing, take a little taste to see if it has enough of a spicy kick. If you need a little more add a little bit more of the cayenne pepper. Not too much. A little goes a long way. Taste again and add more if necessary. 


To make Outback’s House Salad – Mix: salad greens (Ice burg lettuce, and Romaine), chopped red onion, chopped cucumbers, sliced cherry tomatoes, garlic croutons, and shredded Colby Jack cheese


~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

Easy outback steakhouse ranch dressing copycat recipe

Adapted from

Tod Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes – 

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  1. I can gaurantee outback doesn’t use HVR powder in their ranch dressing.

  2. Do you have to use buttermilk or if you get the non-buttermilk ranch packet and use regular milk, will it be just as good?

    • I’ve used both the regular ranch packet and the buttermilk ranch packet. They both tasted delicious. As far as using buttermilk vs. regular milk – I haven’t used regular milk in this particular recipe. Buttermilk, in this recipe, adds a little tang and thickness. I’d say it would be fine without it. The flavor should be about the same. If you feel like it – You can always add a squeeze of lemon for tang. If you use regular milk, use a little less than the recipe states. Cut the measurement in half. If it’s too thick, you can always add more milk. Now, if it’s just that you don’t have buttermilk…You can make your own DIY buttermilk! Just pour the milk into a cup and add lemon juice (maybe a Tablespoon). Mix and let sit for about 5 minutes. The milk will thicken up and you’ll have that tang in your recipe. I’ve substituted this DIY buttermilk in tons of recipes.

      • Darlene

        FYI: You can make buttermilk by putting 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in a measuring cup and adding whole milk to equal a cup.

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