by Olena

Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing

by Olena


Healthy homemade ranch dressing recipe with all the bells and whistles of a store-bought version. Salty and perfectly tangy buttermilk, combined with Greek yogurt and fresh dill. Oh, and those tiny pieces of freshly ground black pepper are a must! Perfect to serve over any mixed veggies and greens salad (like healthy chef salad), as a dip for chicken wings or your next vegetable tray.

Being a true North American discovery, many years ago in Hidden Valley, this salad dressing is very close to me. Growing up in Ukraine, we drank a lot of buttermilk (delicious!) and considered any savoury dish will taste better with fresh dill and garlic.:) I still think dill and garlic is a killer combination.

Just like Latinos praise their cilantro and lime, Ukrainians will serve you any Ukrainian dish with garlic and freshly chopped dill (“hi” Ukrainian borscht and Ukrainian garlic dill pickles). And many times we do not only add minced garlic while cooking the dish, we eat it raw later with the dish. Like you can never have too much garlic. In this recipe, I used garlic powder. I wanted the dressing to have a hint of garlic rather than to overpower it.


Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing

5 from 1 reviews

Skinny Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe with all the bells and whistles of a full fat and unhealthy store bought version. Salty and perfectly tangy buttermilk, combined with Greek yoghurt, fresh dill and those tiny pieces of freshly ground black pepper are a must!

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  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup buttermilk (preferably organic)*
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain*
  • 1/4 cup dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  1. In a small jar with a lid, combine all ingredients and mix/shake well. For best taste, refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Serve over any salad of your choice like Chef’s salad.

Store: Refrigerate in a jar for up to 3 days.


*You can use either all buttermilk or all Greek yogurt.

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  1. This looks delicious. My mom is a garlic lover and she ate them raw and use it as vitamins. She claimed that it healed my dad’s cysts, so they are eating garlic in the morning for extra boost of health. Garlic is also very good to lower cholesterol, so this dressing is simply packed with all the great nutrients. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Yes and I believe garlic is a superfood and can cure many diseases. It’s amazing! Funny you talk about your parents eating garlic in the morning – many people in Ukraine do the same and I almost wrote about that and how wonderful must be taking transit with them in the morning to work.:)

  2. Just checked the ranch dressing I have in my fridge, and it has MSG in it. Blah!! Going to give this recipe a try. Sounds really good.

    1. Yeah…I haven’t bought salad dressings in over a year. My fridge doors are so clean now – mustard, milk, red hot sauce and that’s it.:)