How To Make Dill Dressing At Home

This dill dressing recipe is bound to become a favorite staple in your kitchen. It’s easy to make. It tastes fantastic. And it not only makes a great dressing but it’s plenty thick enough to double as a dip!

dill dressing poured over vegetables in a bowl

It’s a delicious addition to just about any meal, year round. But it’s particularly tasty in the summer months. There’s something about the tangy taste of dill and the heat of the summer sun that just fits perfectly together.

I keep this seasoning mix close at hand all throughout the summer season.

Can I Make My Dill Seasoning Mix Ahead Of Time?

One of the great things about this recipe is that the seasoning mix can be made in bulk, ahead of time. And then kept on hand to be blended into a quick buttermilk dill dressing at a moments notice.

Simply triple, or even quadruple, the dry ingredients in the recipe, place them in an airtight container, and store them in a dark, dry place.

As long as they are not exposed to moisture, they will store this way for quite some time. Still, in order to maintain optimum flavor, you should use them within six months of preparation.

How To Make Dill Dressing

There’s really nothing to making this dressing recipe. It’s seriously so easy to do that it will only take making it once to get you wondering why you haven’t been making all your dressings homemade.

spices in bowls on a table for a recipe

Two simple steps and you’ve got a delicious batch of dill dressing to enjoy!

  1. Gather, measure, and mix spices
  2. Blend spices with mayonnaise and buttermilk

What To Do With Dill Dressing

The most obvious use for dill dressing is as a salad topper. But, make no mistake, there are endless other amazing ways to use this dressing.

dressing and cucumber tomato salad on a table

It pairs naturally with cucumbers. Top some sliced cucumbers and onions with this dressing and you’ve got a simple and delicious summer salad in minutes.

Or make light and tasty cucumber sandwiches, on a hot summer day, and slather a generous portion of dill dressing all over the bread.

This dressing can also be used to make a really great pasta salad. Or it can be served as a dip with buffalo wings. So ditch the blue cheese and bring on the dill dressing.

It is makes an absolutely delicious spread on top of a burger. Add a little tomato and raw onion as well and you’re sure to be impressed with the results.

Or, if you prefer, you can serve it on the side of your burger as a dip for your fries. It works just as well for dipping onion rings too. So, if you’re an onion ring kind of gal this dip has you covered.

Oh, and while we’re talking dip, this dressing makes a great addition to raw veggie platters and chip platters alike. You’ll definitely want to have some on hand for those summertime get togethers.

I’m sure it’s clear to you by now that this dressing is pretty versatile. It goes well with just about anything.

BUT … I can tell you for sure that there is absolutely NOTHING it compliments better than fish. Fish and dill dressing are, without a doubt, a match made in heaven.

Just last night I made salmon burgers and topped them with sauteed beet greens (don’t worry any greens will do) and dill dressing.

They were simply out of this world. I encourage you to give pairing this dressing with seafood a try for yourself. It is, hands down, my favorite way to eat this dressing!

How To Make Your Dressing Thicker

If you make this dressing the night before you serve it, it will thicken on it’s own in the refrigerator. It doesn’t get quite as thick as your typical dip. But it does thicken significantly.

dry dill dressing mix in a bowl

There are options you can use to make it even thicker …

  • Cut back on the buttermilk and use more mayonnaise
  • Cut back on the mayonnaise and add some sour cream
  • Eliminate the mayonnaise and replace it with sour cream

All of these options are tasty ways to go, so play around with it a bit and see which one you prefer. Personally, I prefer it just the way the recipe is written so I stick with it as is.

However, you may want to make a different call. Particularly if you have a love for sour cream.

How Long Will My Dressing Last In The Refrigerator?

Your dill dressing should last a good ten days in the refrigerator. That is if you can resist eating it all for that long. Around my house that’s not even a consideration. It never lasts more than a day or two at most!

handmade dill dressing in a bowl

Please note that the freshness of the buttermilk you use to make your dressing will have an effect on how long it lasts though. So, check the expiration on your buttermilk before you mix your dressing up. And expect the life of your dressing to coincide closely with that date.

If you decide to whip up some of this dressing to try it for yourself, take just a minute to let me know how you like it in the comments below. And don’t forget to fill me in on how long it lasts in your fridge.

pinnable image for dill dressing

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handmade dill dressing in a bowl
Yield: 1/2 - 1 1/2 cups


Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes

This dill dressing recipe is bound to become a favorite staple in your kitchen. It's easy to make. It tastes fantastic. And it not only makes a great dressing but it's plenty thick enough to double as a dip!


  • 1 tbls onion powder
  • 1 tbls dried dill weed
  • 1 tbls dried chives
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
  • 1/4 c mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c buttermilk


  1. Mix all spices together in a bowl. Include red pepper flakes if you want them to be in the mix every time you use it to make dressing. Otherwise, omit them and add them in to each batch as you prefer.
  2. Place mayonnaise and buttermilk in a bowl. Include lemon juice if you are choosing to use it in your blend.
  3. Pour 1 tbls of spice mix over the liquids and blend together with a whisk.
  4. Place the remaining dry spice blend in an airtight container and store it in a dark, cool place until you want to make another batch.
  5. If you prefer to make a larger batch now, blend the entire amount of dry spices with 3/4 c mayonnaise and 3/4 c buttermilk.
  6. Refrigerate the finished dressing for up to 10 days. The freshness of the buttermilk will effect the length of time the dressing will store in the refrigerator.


If you would like to alter your dressing to make it thicker use one of the following options ...

  • Cut back on the buttermilk and use more mayonnaise
  • Cut back on the mayonnaise and add some sour cream
  • Eliminate the mayonnaise and replace it with sour cream
  • Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 111Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 1g

    This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 06/03/2021. It is based on a serving size of 2 tablespoons. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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