by Olena

Healthy Ranch Dressing

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Olena Osipov
5 from 3 votes

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

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

Healthy Ranch

This healthy ranch dressing is creamy, flavorful and takes 5 minutes to prep. Then drizzle and dip in without the guilt. Not to mention, it is also protein packed!

Homemade ranch is low calorie and low fat compared to the store-bought one. And the ones that are “healthy” vegan versions I personally do not find delicious. Kids refuse as well.

If you compare nutritional info serving to serving, I promise you will be stunned as I was.

  • Calories: 30 vs. 290.
  • Fat: 3 vs. 30
  • Sodium: 272 vs. 686.

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

healthy cobb salad drizzle with healthy homemade ranch dressing

Ingredients for Healthy Ranch Dressing

  • Yogurt or buttermilk: Plain regular or Greek yogurt will work. Higher fat content yogurt 2% and up will yield creamier dressing. You can use 0% yogurt if you wish.
  • Garlic and onion powders: Fresh garlic is added to taste and has more garlic-y flavor. Garlic powder has more subtle flavor which would be better for a meal-prep lunch for the office lunches.
  • Fresh dill: Or 2 tsp dried dill weed would work. Obviously not as good as fresh but you will get desired flavor pretty close.
  • Sugar: Sugar offsets acidity and sourness of yogurt a bit. You can use maple syrup or honey but I personally love real sugar taste in dressings and salads.
  • 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

How to Make Healthy Ranch Dressing

  • Combine: In a small jar with lid, add yogurt or buttermilk, water (greek yogurt only), vinegar, dill, garlic, onion powder, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Stir and let sit a bit: Stir with a fork or shake the jar well. Let sit 5 minutes for flavors to “marry” each other and stir again. Ready to serve!

Healthy Ranch Dressing on a fork

Storing and Serving

Storing: 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 this Greek yogurt 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.

Serving ideas: Below are salad recipes in which you can swap their salad dressing for the ranch, if you would like to try something new.

Use as a dip or condiment for:

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Healthy Ranch Dressing

Healthy Ranch Dressing {With Greek Yogurt or Buttermilk}

Healthy Ranch Dressing with Greek yogurt or buttermilk is a low calorie alternative to high in fat, cholesterol and sodium store bought Ranch. Make once, use in salads or as a veggie dip throughout the week.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 28kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain regular or Greek yogurt, buttermilk
  • 3 tbsp water or milk if using Greek yogurt to thin it out
  • 1 tbsp white, white wine or apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp fresh dill or parsley minced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, crushed or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small jar with lid, add yogurt or buttermilk, water (greek yogurt only), vinegar, dill, garlic, onion powder, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Stir with a fork or shake the jar well. Let sit 5 minutes for flavors to "marry" each other and stir again.
  • 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

    • More subtle garlic taste: Fresh garlic is added to taste and has more garlic-y flavor. Garlic powder has more subtle flavor which would be better for a meal-prep lunch for the office lunches.
    • Dried dill weed: If you are making this ranch dressing mid-winter, 2 tsp dried dill weed would work. Obviously not as good as fresh but you will get desired flavour pretty close.
    • Honey or maple syrup: Sugar offsets acidity and sourness of yogurt a bit. You can use maple syrup or honey but I personally love real sugar taste in dressings and salads.
    • More creamy yogurt: Higher fat content yogurt 2% and up will yield creamier dressing. You can use 0% yogurt if you wish.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 28kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 63mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg
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    Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

    My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. 5 stars
      The comparable nutrition info numbers got my attention! So, wanted to whip this up to got with the supermoist turkey burgers. No fresh dill, but you said dried would work. No mention of a change in ratio, so went with same amount as fresh. Not a good idea…I redeemed myself (and the recipe) by adding more of the remaining ingredients. Win, win, win…super good, super healthy. May I suggest, for us newbies in the kitchen, you could tell us when substituting ingredients, the difference in amounts? Much appreciated and most appreciative of these great recipes.

    2. 5 stars
      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!

    3. 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.:)

    4. 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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