Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing is a Panera Bread copycat recipe consisting of a quick buttermilk ranch dressing mixed with homemade BBQ sauce. A delicious salad dressing to accompany the Panera BBQ Chicken Salad.

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing next to the Panera BBQ Chicken Salad

My two favorite salads at Panera Bread are the Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad and the BBQ Chicken Salad. After I created a copycat for the Southwest Salad with Chile Lime Rojo Ranch Dressing, I wanted to do the same with the BBQ Chicken Salad.

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing and Panera BBQ Chicken Salad

My first step when creating Panera copycat recipes is to look up the ingredient lists from Panera as a starting point. This helps me identify some of the flavors and major ingredients and then I can adjust from there. The BBQ Chicken Salad is drizzled with an Apple Cider Vinegar BBQ Sauce and served with BBQ Ranch Dressing. I started with making a simple homemade buttermilk ranch dressing. Then I made an Apple Cider Vinegar BBQ Sauce. Finally, I mixed the ranch dressing with the BBQ sauce to make this BBQ Ranch Dressing.

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing in a bowl

The dressing is creamy and sweet with a subtle smoky flavor. It is so good paired with the lettuce, chicken, and black bean corn salsa of the BBQ Chicken Salad!

Recipe Details

Make the Quick Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

quick buttermilk ranch dressing ingredients

A basic homemade ranch dressing often consists of equal parts buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream. I adjusted the amount of buttermilk a bit and added in some common ranch spices, but not too many as this dressing will be mixed with BBQ sauce so I didn’t want competing flavors. I used all dried seasonings to make it easier but have indicated the quantities of fresh herbs that can be used in the recipe card.

quick buttermilk ranch in a bowl

I wanted the dressing a bit thicker than I typically like because I knew adding the BBQ sauce would make it thinner.

quick buttermilk ranch dressing on a small silicone spatula

Make the Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar BBQ Sauce

apple cider vinegar BBQ sauce ingredients

Once I nailed down a recipe for the homemade ranch, I worked on the homemade BBQ sauce. I went off the ingredients published by Panera. I wanted the BBQ sauce to have a subtle smoky flavor, so I used smoked paprika. I swapped the tomato paste for ketchup to make it a smoother saucer. The water helps thin it out a little bit so it’s easy to drizzle on the salad.

smoky apple cider vinegar BBQ sauce in a bowl

Make the BBQ Ranch Dressing

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing in a small bowl

For the BBQ Ranch Dressing, I simply mixed 1 part BBQ sauce with 2 parts ranch. I thought this made for a good combination of BBQ flavor but also maintain the consistency and creaminess of the ranch dressing.

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing in a small bowl next to the Panera BBQ Chicken Salad

Gluten Free BBQ Ranch Dressing

This recipe is naturally gluten free! Check your Worcestershire packaging for gluten/wheat. Most brands do not contain gluten.

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing Pin

Looking for More Panera Copycat Recipes?

Check out my other Panera Copycat recipes:
Panera BBQ Chicken Salad
Panera Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad
Panera Chile Lime Ranch Dressing
Creamy Tomato Soup
Panera Sonoma Chicken Stew
Gluten Free Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing in a bowl next to the Panera BBQ Chicken Salad

Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing

Meghan
Panera BBQ Ranch Dressing is a Panera Bread copycat made of a quick buttermilk ranch dressing mixed with homemade BBQ sauce. A delicious salad dressing to accompany the Panera BBQ Chicken Salad.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup (approx.)

Ingredients
  

For the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (see note)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (regular or light)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (regular or light)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley (or 1 tablespoon fresh parsley)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill (or 1 tablespoon fresh dill)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

For the Apple Cider Vinegar BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients for the Buttermilk Ranch Dressing well.
  • Mix all ingredients for the BBQ Sauce well. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Combine 1/2 cup ranch dressing with 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. Mix well. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

Buttermilk substitute: mix 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar with 1/3 cup milk. Let sit 5 to 10 minutes
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