by Olena

Healthy Ranch Dressing

by Olena

5 from 2 reviews

Healthy Ranch Dressing with Greek yogurt or buttermilk is low calorie alternative to high in fat, cholesterol and sodium store bought Ranch dressing. Make once, use in salads or as a veggie dip throughout the week. Only 5 ingredients!

When I’m not drizzling a salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, you can often find me whipping up a batch of healthy poppy seed dressing or Asian salad dressing. Our 2 go-to’s.

Healthy Ranch Dressing in a glass jar next to a salad bowl

This healthy ranch dressing contains only 5 ingredients. Including salt and pepper. Creamy, flavorful and takes 5 minutes. Drizzle and dip in without guilt.

Is Ranch Dressing Healthy?

Healthy homemade ranch dressing is very low calorie and low fat compared to high in fat, cholesterol and sodium store bought ranch dressing.

If you compare nutritional info serving to serving (even the “healthy” one), I promise you will be stunned as I was.

  • Calories: 30 vs. 290. Shut the front door!
  • Fat: 3 vs. 30 OMG.
  • Cholesterol: 12 vs. 20. OK, not that bad.
  • Sodium: 272 vs. 686. “Thank you” says my blood pressure.

Are you convinced you need to make your own ranch dressing yet?

healthy cobb salad drizzle with healthy homemade ranch dressing

What Are the Ingredients?

No nasty soybean oil or high calorie mayo. No mustard, lemon juice or vinegar in our healthy ranch dressing recipe.

Honestly, that’s what stops many of us from cooking at home – too many ingredients

  • Buttermilk, plain 2% or whole milk yogurt or Greek yogurt (thin out with a bit of water if too thick) work.
  • I used garlic powder for a subtle garlic flavour rather than a shot in your nostrils and a punch in your co-workers’ face with fresh garlic flavour.
  • Fresh dill – If you are making this ranch dressing mid-winter, dried dill weed would work. Obviously not as good as fresh but you will get desired flavour pretty close.
  • Salt and pepper – Freshly cracked pepper makes all the difference in cooking, especially with the ranch dressing.

Greek yogurt, fresh dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a glass jar and fork nearby

Try On:

Whip up healthy ranch on Sunday, use in salads and as a veggie dip all week.

Try on:

How to Make Healthy Ranch Dressing

  1. In a small jar with lid, add yogurt or buttermilk, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir with a fork or shake the jar well.Healthy Ranch Dressing Recipe on a fork

How Long It Lasts?

Low fat ranch dressing will keep fresh for up to 7 days in the fridge.

And like with any refrigerated food, I prefer to use glass containers to store clean ranch dressing. Because food will not absorb plastic’s chemicals and flavors. Makes all the difference although kids seem to break them regularly. That’s why cheap Mason jars.

Stir or shake before each use. Yogurt tends to thicken on the walls of the container.

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Healthy Ranch Dressing

5 from 2 reviews

Healthy Ranch Dressing Recipe with Greek yogurt or buttermilk is a low calorie alternative to high in fat, cholesterol and sodium store bought one. Make once, use in any salad all week.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: No cook
  • Cuisine: North American
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain (Greek) yogurt or buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small jar with lid, add yogurt or buttermilk, dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Stir with a fork or shake the jar well.
  3. Serve over any salad of your choice, like healthy cobb salad or healthy taco salad.

Store: Refrigerate in a jar for up to 7 days.

Notes

I used garlic powder for a subtle garlic flavour rather than a shot in your nostrils and a punch in your co-workers’ face with fresh garlic flavour.

If you are making this ranch dressing mid-winter, dried dill weed would work. Obviously not as good as fresh but you will get desired flavour pretty close.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I wasn’t sure about making this with Greek yogurt, but it turned out so yummy!! It was much too thick with the yogurt, so I added a couple tablespoons of plain almond milk so that I could shake it up. That worked perfectly and this has such a great, fresh flavor with zero guilt!

  2. 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.:)

  3. 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.:)

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