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Light ranch dressing recipe

The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)




I’m so excited to share this 3 ingredient dressing! Your search is over…This is the most amazing, easy to make, gluten-free, skinny ranch dressing!!! It taste just as good as any high fat dressing but with a fraction of the fat and calories. In the past, I’ve shared my skinny ranch dressing recipe but it called for many dry ingredients. In addition, you needed xanthan gum to thicken it. I got back in the kitchen and created a new, easier and much skinnier recipe. Each 2 tablespoons serving has just 30 calories, 1.8 grams of fat and 1 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints. So delicious as a dressing, dip, topping for potatoes and more. The possibilities are endless. I always have some on hand in my refrigerator. It’s a must try!!!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients


1¾ cups buttermilk

½ cup Best Foods (Hellmans) light mayonnaise, see shopping tips

1 oz package Hidden Valley Ranch Original Ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix (do not use buttermilk mix)

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, add all ingredients. Using a whisk, mix together until completely blended.

2. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes to thicken, before using. To thicken quicker, place in freezer and set timer for 15 minutes. Store dressing in refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks. The shelf life depends on the expiration date of your buttermilk.

Makes 2¼ cups total, each serving 2 tablespoons

Food Facts
The original ranch dressing was created in the 1950’s by Steve and Gayle Henson at their dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California. It was called the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch. Today ranch dressing dominates the dressing isle of the supermarket. And it’s gluten-free!

Buttermilk, in the old days, was the liquid left over after butter was churned. Today it’s nonfat or reduced-fat milk that has been treated with special bacteria which causes the milk to thicken and gain a tangy flavor.

Healthy Benefits
This dressing contains a lot of buttermilk, which, despite its name, contains very little fat. It is loaded with bone-building calcium and has a great deal of vitamin-B, which facilitates nerve function and promotes healthy skin and good vision.

 Buttermilk, even if the container doesn’t say it is low fat.

Shopping Tips
Best Foods Light Mayonnaise (Hellmans) is the only brand I recommend. I’ve tried several different brands and Best Foods Mayonnaise is the best tasting for this recipe! Best Foods Canola Mayonnaise also taste great for this recipe.

*Be sure to use a package of Hidden Valley The Original Ranch Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix. It’s a 1 oz pkg. Do not use the Buttermilk package. It’s much smaller than 1 oz. The dressing won’t end up be thick enough or flavorful enough!

I love using these reusable deli containers to store this dressing.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 1-Blue
WW SmartPoints 1-Green
WW POINTS PLUS 1

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons of skinny ranch dressing
30 calories, 1.8g fat, 0.3g sat. fat, 2mg chol, 1g protein, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 208mg sod, 1g sugar

FACTS: for 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing made with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk
140 cal, 14g fat, 2g carbs, 1g protein, 0g fiber, 260 mg sodium, 1 g sugar

Healthy Ranch Dressing Recipe

The great taste of ranch dressing without the guilt! You’ll love this healthy ranch dressing recipe.

Ranch dressing is such a classic. Everyone’s favorite, right? On tables at weddings — ranch, Italian. Served on the side of chicken tenders, ranch. Ever dip your french fries in ranch? How ’bout your breadsticks and pizza crust? Ever poured it on top of a baked potato? Oh yeah…and it’s pretty good on salad too.

The only thing better than ranch dressing is buttermilk ranch.

The only thing better than buttermilk ranch is homemade buttermilk ranch.

The only thing better than homemade buttermilk ranch is reduced fat homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.

The only thing better than reduced fat homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is a reduced fat homemade buttermilk ranch dressing recipe that still tastes amazing.

(PS: Can we talk about how many disgusting reduced-fat ranch dressings are out there? Eww.)

I teamed up with United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM) to bring you this delicious ranch dressing recipe. I used plain Greek yogurt (duh) in addition to the buttermilk that really makes this recipe what it is. Plenty of herbs (both fresh and dried) and a good dose of garlic, salt, and pepper make this the ranch dressing you know and love. I also added just a bit of mayonnaise (I use the kind made with olive oil) to give this a really smooth, rich taste without tons of added calories.

I’ve given you all some salad tips in the past, and while ranch is a versatile dressing, I feel it is best suited to a “traditional” greens and vegetables salad. Croutons highly recommended. Below is what I’d recommend when you’re building your perfect salad to be dressed with ranch. Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list, but it should get the wheels turning a bit. You’ll notice I don’t add in any fruit as I don’t think it goes well with the garlicky, herby flavor of the ranch.

Base (choose one or a mixture)

mixed greens
baby kale
baby spinach
iceberg lettuce (not my fave but for some people it’s the only way to go)
romaine
leaf lettuce (red or green)
cabbage

Vegetables (the more the better)

tomatoes
cucumbers
celery
broccoli
cauliflower
jicama
roasted beets
corn
radishes
bell peppers
peas

Proteins (if you desire to have it as a main course)

grilled chicken breast, sliced
grilled steak slices
canned beans (drained and rinsed)
hard boiled egg

Extras (choose just 1-2 or you’re not eating something healthy anymore)

grated sharp cheddar cheese
bacon pieces
croutons (bonus points for homemade croutons)
sunflower seeds
avocado slices

I kept my salad super simple because it’s what I had in the house: Spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and croutons. I also might have dipped some cheesy breadsticks in this dressing too.

Craving more? Here are some great salad ideas!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise made with olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a jar and shake until well combined. May also use a whisk to combine. Store in covered container for up to a week.

Notes

Garlic intensifies the longer this sits. I used a large clove of garlic and it was quite strong so adjust accordingly depending on how much you love garlic.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 200mg Carbohydrates: 2g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 1g RachelCooks.com sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice. Verdict: Loved this ranch dressing recipe — I will definitely be making it again.

Husband’s take: He’s not a huge ranch dressing fan (I KNOW! So weird.) but he probably wouldn’t have liked this because of the garlic.

Changes I would make: None are necessary. If I was serving this for a crowd, I would probably cut back on the garlic a tiny bit.

Difficulty: Easy.

Need some more salad dressing inspiration? Try:

  • Fresh Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Tangy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • Clementine Dressing

On a different note — a couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to learn more about Michigan dairy with United Dairy Industry of Michigan and some of my favorite Michigan bloggers. We had a blast eating Hudsonville Ice Cream, learning about wine, beer and cheese pairings, and learning about Michigan Dairy from the people in the industry as well as a dairy farmer. I especially enjoyed it because the whole thing took place in my home town of Grand Rapids.

Photos in collage courtesy of UDIM.

Disclosure: I am thrilled to be in an ongoing partnership with United Dairy Industry of Michigan. I have been compensated by UDIM for my time to develop this recipe. All opinions are as always, my own. Find out more about why Milk Means More on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest

The BEST Skinny Ranch Dressing (3 ingredients)

Step 1

In a medium bowl, add all ingredients. Using a whisk, mix together until completely blended.
Refrigerate at least 1 hour to thicken, before using. To thicken quicker, place in freezer and set timer for 20 minutes. Store dressing in refrigerator for at least 2-3 weeks. The shelf life depends on the expiration date of your buttermilk.
Makes 2¼ cups total, each serving 2 tablespoons
Food Facts
The original ranch dressing was created in the 1950’s by Steve and Gayle Henson at their dude ranch near Santa Barbara, California. It was called the Hidden Valley Guest Ranch. Today ranch dressing dominates the dressing isle of the supermarket.
Buttermilk, in the old days, was the liquid left over after butter was churned. Today it’s nonfat or reduced-fat milk that has been treated with special bacteria which causes the milk to thicken and gain a tangy flavor.
Healthy Benefit:
This dressing contains a lot of buttermilk, which, despite its name, contains very little fat. It is loaded with bone-building calcium and has a great deal of vitamin-B, which facilitates nerve function and promotes healthy skin and good vision.

 Buttermilk, even if the container doesn’t say it is low fat.
Shopping Tip
Best Foods Light Mayonnaise (Hellmans) is the only brand I recommend. I’ve tried several different brands and Best Foods Mayonnaise is the best tasting for this recipe! Best Foods Canola Mayonnaise also taste great for this recipe.
The Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS are still 1 pt for 2 tablespoons. It has 32 calories and 2 grams of fat for 2 tablespoons.
Weight Watchers (old points) 1
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 1
SKINNY FACTS: for 2 tablespoons of skinny ranch dressing
30 calories, 1.8g fat, 3mg chol, 1g protein, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, 208mg sod 1g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 2 tablespoons Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing made with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk
140 cal, 14g fat, 2g carbs, 1g protein, 0g fiber, 260 mg sodium, 1 g sugar

It’s hard to find ranch dressing without a long list of ingredients. This recipe will show you how to make Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing with a clean ingredient list, so you’ll never have to go to the grocery store for dressing again!

If you’re a sauce girl, raise your hand! ME TOO. I love hoisin smothered all over my buddha bowls, hummus all over my veggies, and of course, secret sauce (Franks + Greek Yogurt). The more sauce the better, do you feel me? Though I love all the sauce I can get, it seems like store-bought dressings and sauces are all packed with sugar and a super long ingredient list. Yes, there are so many more options today than there were in the past, but I’ve come to the conclusion that making a homemade dressing or a sauce is always the way to go. Especially when it’s easy to make.

RANCH, it’s a dressing that is generally associated with crunchy salads and carrots. When I close my eyes and think back to growing up with Wisconsin, I can just smell the tangy scent of Hidden Valley Ranch. It was always being smothered on top of an iceberg lettuce salads that you ordered before your Friday night fish fry…because that’s what you do on Friday nights in Wisconsin.

I’m usually a vinaigrette girl, but I found myself craving ranch with my salad the other day and didn’t have any in my fridge. SO, we decided we would play with a recipe. GUESS WHAT, we had all the ingredients we needed in my pantry + fridge. It was a sign from the Ranch Gods. So, what do you need for our homemade ranch dressing recipe? Check it:

Homemade Ranch Dressing Ingredients

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Chives
  • Sea salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Lemon Juice
  • Vinegar
  • Water

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing

Ranch is typically made with mayonnaise and buttermilk, but we kept things on the lighter side and used nonfat Greek yogurt. The spice mix is really what makes ranch…ranch, in my opinion, and we nailed it in this healthy ranch dressing recipe! The combination of parsley, dill, chives, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and sea salt makes for the just-right ranch flavoring you know and love.

And seriously, all you have to do is throw everything in a food processor and BOOM homemade ranch dressing. Whether you like ranch on a salad or with your pizza, this homemade ranch dressing recipe will not disappoint. It will keep in an air-tight container in your fridge for a week, but we’re betting it will be gone before the week is up 😀

Healthy Ranch Dressing Pairings

Looking for delicious ways to serve your homemade ranch dressing? Here are some yummy and healthy ideas:

  • Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
  • Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings
  • Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Coconut Crusted Chicken Fingers

Other Healthy Dressing Recipes on Fit Foodie Finds

  • Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Homemade Poppyseed Dressing
  • All-Purpose Green Goddess Dressing
  • Homemade Italian Dressing
  • Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
  • Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing

Recipe

How to Make Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing

It’s hard to find ranch dressing without a long list of ingredients. This recipe will show you how to make Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing with a clean ingredient list, so you’ll never have to go to the grocery store for dressing again!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes

Author: Lee Hersh Yield: 1 cup 1x Category: Appetizer Method: No Bake Cuisine: American

  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, dried
  • 1 teaspoon chives, dried
  • 1 teaspoon dill, dried
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon white rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons water (or more depending on how thin you want your ranch)
  1. Place all ingredients into a magic bullet or food processor and process until combined!
  2. Serve as a dip or dressing (just add more water to thin out).

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 52
  • Sugar: 7
  • Sodium: 172
  • Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 4
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 6

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