Low Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dip

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Homemade salad dressings are so good–I’ve made a few of them, but have never made one of my favorites–Ranch!  I usually use low fat dressings on my salads, so I decided to try making a low fat Ranch. I adapted a recipe from Allrecipes.com, adjusting the amounts of some of the ingredients slightly. Since I didn’t have fresh herbs, I used dried–and the taste still turned out great! But I’m sure it would be even better with fresh herbs, which I plan on using when I make another batch.

This dressing is thick and creamy compared to most dressings–it’s hard to tell it’s made with low fat ingredients! And because it’s on the thicker side, it makes a great dip for fresh veggies, too. The only downside is, it’s best the day it’s made–you can store it in the fridge for several days, but the consistency gets thinner and runny.

I love the way it tastes, but it’s an easy recipe to adjust if you want to add a little more or less of any of the herbs and spices. Enjoy this homemade dressing on your favorite salad or as a dip with your favorite raw veggies!

LOW FAT BUTTERMILK RANCH DRESSING AND DIP adapted from Allrecipes

Makes 1 3/4 cups

  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup low fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill weed or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

In medium size bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream or yogurt. Stir in garlic and onion powders, chives, dill, parsley, salt, and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving. You can store any unused dressing in the refrigerator for several days, but the consistency will get thinner and more runny, so it’s best not stored too long.

I think this homemade salad dressing tastes so much better than bottled dressing. It’s worth making your own if you have a little extra time. Do you make your own homemade salad dressings?

Linked to Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy.

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9 thoughts on “Low Fat Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dip

  1. Main St. Cuisine

    Your recipe has come at the perfect time as I needed a dressing for the chicken wings I’m making for next weekend’s big game. Ranch dressing is very popular in our house and I’ve made my own before, but it didn’t receive a lot of high marks (picky eaters). I’ve just printed your recipe. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!
    Allison

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  2. Shari

    I love homemade dressings, Nancy! I tried making ranch dressing once and really liked it, but it wasn’t low fat. That is such a great idea so you can eat it without feeling guilty. Thanks so much for posting this!

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  3. Bam's Kitchen

    Looks delish! You know when I first moved to Asia we could not find ranch dressing anywhere. Then once we moved back to HK we found a bottle of Hidden valley ranch and the planets have realigned and all is well. Now, I do not have to wait and can make my own at home. Thanks for this delicious recipe. Pinning so can save for later.

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    1. nancyc Post author

      Your story makes me appreciate having ranch dressing so accessible in the States! 🙂 But yes, the good thing is now you can make your own–hope you enjoy it! 🙂

      Reply

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