Easy Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing {Delicious Copycat Recipe} with VIDEO

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, I decided to make fried pickles (yep, fried pickles) and needed some ranch dip.

I also think my recipe for Buffalo Chicken Flatbread Pizza or my Garlic Seasoned Potato Wedges would be delicious with this dip.

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

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’s House salad is pretty easy to put together. Erica – from the comments below, worked at Outback and gave us the exact ingredients for Outback’s House SaladJust mix Iceberg Lettuce, Napa Cabbage, Romaine lettuce, red onion, and cherry tomatoes. Top with croutons, and shredded cheese. It’s such a delicious combination.

Thank you, Erica! 

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…

Adapted from Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes 

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Copycat Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing

A delicious version of Outback Ranch Dressing Recipe. Perfect for dipping, and salads.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 (2 Tbsp. in a serving)
Calories: 137cal
Author: Melissa
Cost: $10


  • 1&1/2 tsp, Hidden Valley Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp. course ground black pepper
  • tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¾ tsp. 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 (Iceberg lettuce, Napa Cabbage, and Romaine), chopped red onion, chopped cucumbers, sliced cherry tomatoes, garlic croutons, and shredded Colby Jack cheese
nutrition facts are only an estimate 


Calories: 137cal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 51IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.1mg

~Melissa – KidFriendlyThingsToDo.com

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This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. Amy

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

    1. Jennifer

      I Guarantee guarantee isn’t spelled like that.

      1. Megan

        5 stars
        Super yummy but my husband says it doesn’t taste like Outback. He orders just ranch dressing from them pretty frequently lol.

        1. Melissa

          I need him in my test kitchen! 🙂

      2. Cindy

        5 stars
        I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this recipe, tried others in Pinterest never happy with them. It’s simple and easy, will forever be good. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Outback so I cannot attest to similarities, who cares, this is great! Thank you.

    2. Kelly

      You have HIGH standards for Outback! 😂

      1. Darlene

        Jennifer. from one grammar nazi to another, LOL

  2. Julia

    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?

    1. Melissa

      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.

      1. 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.

      2. McKenzie

        Is it 1.5 tablespoons or teaspoons of ranch powder?

        1. Melissa

          So sorry. That is teaspoons. Using a small t for teaspoon is an old way of writing recipes. If you ever see a capital T, it usually means a tablespoon. I thought I had updated the abbreviation. Thank you for pointing that out. I will go fix it now.

  3. Erica

    In the salad it’s Iceberg lettuce, Romaine, and Napa cabbage (for the salad mix), cucumbers, red onions, and cherry tomatoes. I worked there for 4 years.

    1. Melissa

      Thank you for the inside info! Yay! I’ll update the post. 🙂

    2. Tam

      Erica, would you happen to be able to share with us from your experience working at Outback..
      How close is this recipe to theirs? I have wanted to know their ranch ingredients for years and would love to know if you could share it. Thanks!

  4. Dan

    is this the same ranch Outback gives with their aussie cheese fries?

    1. Melissa

      I honestly don’t know. I’ve never had their cheese fries, but that sounds so good right now. I’m sorry I couldn’t answer – for certain.